Universities and colleges offering courses in composites

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  • College courses
  • University undergraduate and post-graduate courses
  • PhD and research opportunities

College Courses

Aerospace Engineering Manufacturing – Foundation Degree, City of Bristol College

Aerospace Engineering – Various Levels, Bedford College

Aerospace Engineering – Various Levels, Brooklands College

Aircraft Engineering – BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/BSc (Hons), Cardiff and Vale College

Boatbuilding – Various Levels, Falmouth Marine School

Boatbuilding – Various Options Available, Lyme Regis Marine Centre 

Marine Engineering – Various Levels, Falmouth Marine School 

Marine Engineering – Various Levels, Plymouth College of Further Education 

Marine Engineering – Various Levels, Bournemouth & Poole College

University Courses

Bath University

Aerospace Engineering – M.Eng./M.Sc., University of Bath

Bolton University

Advanced Composites Design MSc FT/PT, University of Bolton 

Bristol University

MSc in Advanced Composites

MSc Advanced Composites | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol

Composites content in main MEng. Aeronautical Engineering Degree programme:


External courses to industry at the industrial site:


Cranfield University

Advanced Materials course is approximately 20% composites:


Motorsport Engineering course is around 10% composites:


Aerospace Materials (This course covers the improvement and development of materials for aviation applications, including materials for airframe, aeroengine and the increased use of smart and functional materials)


Materials for Energy Systems (This course develops professional engineers and scientists able to respond to the urgent need to achieve more sustainable futures for human society.)


Glyndwr University

MSc in Composites

MRes in Composites

MPhil and PhD also available in this area


Imperial College London

MSc in Composites: the Science, Technology and Engineering Application of Advanced Composites

Composites Centre – http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/compositescentre/

Loughborough University

Automotive Systems Engineering

Manchester University

Advanced Engineering Materials – Masters

Nottingham University

The following undergraduate courses within School of Manufacturing, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (M3), University of Nottingham, have significant composite materials content:

BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering:


BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace):


BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering (Automotive):


Content related to composites (all courses):

Year 1      –    Materials & Material Forming

Year 3/4   –    Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering

Polymer Engineering

Material Models & Modes of Failure

Stress Analysis Techniques

Aerospace/Automotive Materials

In addition, a significant number of Year 3 Individual Projects and Year 4 Group Development (design and manufacture) projects are focused on composite materials.

Plymouth University

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites:


MATS324 Composites Design and Manufacture (20 credits)

MATS320 Composites Engineering (20 Credits)

PRME304   Honours Project BEng (30 credits)

BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology:


MATS231   Composite Materials And Structures For The Marine Environment (10 credits)

MATS333   Composites Design And Manufacture (20 credits)

PRMD306   Project (20 credits)

A normal undergraduate year is 120 credits

Queen Mary, University of London

Composites are covered in many of our individual modules.

We have a specific polymers and composite modules


Information on aspects of composites will appear through the programme in modules on mechanical properties.

Sheffield University

Teaching on composites is mainly included in the MEng and BEng Materials Science and Engineering programmes (JACS codes: J500 and JH51). Currently there are also students on a MEng Polymer Science and Engineering programme. Although we no longer accept UCAS applicants onto the first year of this course, it is possible for students to transfer onto it after completing one or two years of Materials Science and Engineering. Students studying MEng Materials Science and Engineering with a Modern Language (J5R9) and MEng or BEng Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Management (FH21/FHF1) also have opportunities to study composites (although less than on the ‘straight’ Materials course).

At Masters level, there is a popular MSc (Eng) in Polymer and Polymer Composite Science and Engineering.


Composites modules are also taught to students studying Aerospace Engineering. The Aerospace courses are taught by a number of departments across the Engineering Faculty.


Surrey University

Advanced Materials Technology – Modular, full or part time


Strathclyde University

Engineering Composites:


University of Ulster

PgDip/MSc Advanced Composites and Polymers

The programme has been designed to provide postgraduate education and training in the concepts and methods within the advanced composites and polymers area and their intelligent application to problems within modern industry.


PhD and Research Opportunites

Fibre-hybrid composites
These positions are supported by an allowance provided by the European Commission. Candidates must fulfil two eligibility criteria for this award: (1) not residing in the country of the host organization for at least 24 months in the last 3 years, and (2) having not more than 4 years of research experience (working as researcher after obtaining your master’s degree). 

Please note that some of the positions are hosted by an industrial partner. In this case, the researcher will also be enrolled in a PhD program at a university.