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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.84k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Plastics are present in practically every facet of life, and play a large part in shaping the look and feel of today's world. This industry-accredited course - is unique on its own in Scotland - takes your solid foundation in polymer engineering and adds a strong emphasis on project management skills. You will study a range of engineering and other related subject that cater for your intended career.

    As well as reinforcing your existing engineering skills and developing them further, we'll equip you with knowledge of and expertise in project management techniques. You'll graduate with strong polymer engineering skills which will enhance your employability prospect in the world of plastics engineering.

    Career prospects
    We are one of the top universities in Scotland for graduate employability, with over 93% of our graduates in jobs or further study six months after graduating.

    As Edinburgh's top university for Graduate Employability (HESA 2010) and one of the top in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Independent and The Times University Guides for 2009), we can offer you a valuable head-start in your chosen career.

    You'll have a world of choice when it comes to career prospects: the plastics industry is in urgent need of graduates for positions in manufacturing, conversion or end-user operations all over the globe. You'll be joining previous Edinburgh Napier graduates who have found themselves fast-tracked towards rewarding senior positions. Networking and making the contacts needed to find your ideal position is made easier by our industry connections, and your managerial skills will raise you above the level of engineering graduates.

    * engineering researcher
    * engineering designer/developer
    * engineering manager

    Duration: 3 trimesters

    What's involved
    Based over three trimesters, the course will involve you in lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

    The programme structure is currently under review and subject to approval. For more information please contact us.

    Trimester 1

    Sustainable Energy Technologies, Ceramic & Composite Materials and Plastics Materials

    Trimester 2

    Research Skills and Project Management, Flow Analysis & CAE and Forensic Materials Engineering

    Trimester 3

    MSc Project

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in polymer engineering in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes. This course requires the standard IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 75 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a selection of funding opportunities available such as the UK postgraduate tuition fee loan (Scottish & EU) and specific scholarships aimed at student from India and across Africa

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