MSc Engineering (Composite Materials)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (FT)
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to re-validation
Composites materials

Course Highlights


to the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre.


computer-aided design, analysis and simulation software.




knowledge in a growing specialist industry.

Why choose this course?

The rapid emergence of composites has revealed a difficulty in supplying the industry with Engineers that have the requisite knowledge of the materials. This MSc in Composite Material Engineering has been developed with that in mind. Students will learn the full lifecycle of components designed and manufactured with composites.

  • From first principles, potential students will learn the constituent parts of a composite material and understand the reasons for selecting each material. From there, manufacturing methodologies will be understood.
  • Design using composites will be taught after the different types of failure mechanisms are shown. Finally, repair, recycling and disposal of composites will be discussed in detail.
  • Students will be taught by lecturers from industrial and research backgrounds through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and computer classes.
  • Industry standard software will be taught to enable the students to graduate with the skills required for industry.

Key course features

  • The university shares an Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre, (ACT&DC) with Airbus at the Broughton site. A fully-equipped specialist composite laboratory will be used for lab tutorials throughout and also the student’s dissertation project if required.
  • Access to cutting edge computer-aided design, analysis and simulation software, including ANSYS, Abaqus, MATLAB and Simulink.
  • The university is perfectly placed near a number of composite manufacturers within 30 miles, namely Solvay, Sigmatex and Excel. In addition there are a number of SME and large engineering companies that utilise composite materials for their designs and components.
  • The course will provide a solid base for career progression within the industry, as well as the opportunity to add a specialist edge to your skillset. 

What you will study


  • Engineering Research Methods & Postgraduate Studies
  • Engineering Design & Innovation
  • Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
  • Advanced & Composite Materials
  • Design with Composites
  • Assembly and Repair of Composites
  • Dissertation

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

An honours degree with at least a 2:2 classification or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. It is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students.

We also offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping them deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters, with a total of 60 credits to be completed in each. 

You will cover six taught modules which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks, with a notional study time of 600 hours. 


For the January intake, students will study the three specialist modules first during the second trimester from January to May. The three core modules will be studied in the first trimester of the next academic year from September to January.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme, students will progress to Part Two, with their final dissertation project to be submitted in April/May.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part-time students would join the full-time students with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in the second trimester taking a further 30 weeks, with a total notional study time of 600 hours. 

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course equips you with thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within industry or to pursue research careers within academia.






Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MSc Engineering (Composite Materials) are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding section. 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


Subject to re-validation

As part of its continuous quality assurance and enhancement, the University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers. Periodic review of the existing programmes is required every five years and major changes may be made to the programmes during the re-validation process. As soon as the programmes are re-validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to re-validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section