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MScWelding Metallurgy & Welding Engineering

Why this course?

The welding sector is constantly undergoing major changes, providing significant technological challenges and offering excellent career prospects for well-qualified engineers. The role of the welding engineer is crucial in developing efficient technologies that can help protect the environment while contributing to competitiveness and economic growth.

The course has been developed to provide those with a welding-related background an in-depth technical understanding of advanced metallurgy and welding topics, together with generic skills that will allow them to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities.

The course is particularly suitable for people with a background in:

  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • oil & gas
  • chemical & petrochemical processes

You'll study

Students will undertake 10 study modules and a final year project.

Major projects

MSc students take on an individual project which allows study of a specific selected topic in depth. This will effectively use the knowledge gained in the course modules.

The theme of the topic can be industry related, perhaps to your own company. It can also be aligned to some welding research at Strathclyde.

This particular part of the course can be a source of unleashing hidden talent within individuals and demonstrate a desire to succeed in their project. This is where some of the research techniques detailed within the course can be applied.

Suitable guidance will be given on project design, but it is stressed it will be the student’s own work and the guidance given by the tutor will be optional.

Course content

Safety & Risk Management in Welding Processes

This module will introduce you to some selected areas of safety, specifically related to the subject matter of this course. Areas of relevant legislation will be identified and described. The key hazard areas of the welding processes will be identified and actions to avoid the hazards will be developed.

This module will allow you to identify safety issues in setting up welding operations, using welding equipment and supervising or managing a welding operation.

Properties of Metals for Welding

This module will introduce you to the properties of materials specifically related to those that are welded. The starting point for this is to build up your knowledge from the atomic scale to the micro and macroscale. To ensure coverage of the subject, both ferrous and non-ferrous metals will be studied. Key factors in the production processes of various metals will be described, specifically those areas having a direct bearing on the weldability. As the chemistry and processing influence the mechanical properties of metals, the main factors affecting them will be studied eg the significant effect of grain size.

The student will be required to demonstrate an understanding of this critical module by undertaking a case study in materials selection.

Metals Testing & Test Equipment

This module will introduce you to the main tests and the testing methods used to evaluate metals and welds. It's a natural follow on from the previous module, where the material property development was described.

A description of a test certificate will show students the data required and how it's presented. From that, the role of a Classification Society will be developed. Calibration requirements to maintain equipment within acceptable performance will be discussed.

Welding Processes & Equipment

This module will introduce you to a number of routinely used welding processes that are for the welding of structures and pipework. It'll generate knowledge that will allow a compare and contrast of the processes. It'll enable students to gain the expertise to select the optimum process for specific joints to be welded.

Weld Quality and its Management

This module will build on the previous module and lead to a consideration of the actual weld. It will introduce the many factors related to the quality of welds.

An appreciation of the range of weld defects and their effect on quality will be given. In addition, the place of NDE will be described and a number of techniques and their limitations will be explored. This module will explain some current standards used in the processes of coding welders an producing weld procedures.

Design in Welded Structures

This module will introduce you to the relationship between design and weldability. It will also provide you with an appreciation of the factors involved in design and performance of welded structures. It is not intended to be a detailed module on structural design.

Welding Metallurgy

This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the structure of welds. In addition, it will present you with background information on how these structures were developed. It will create situations to allow you to understand the principles of solidification and how that can differ among metals.

The weld and the heat affected zone will be treated separately in terms of formation and critical factors involved in their formation. Macrostructures will be explained and that will be followed with weld/HAZ microstructures. Weld/HAZ property development will be explained and the requirements of a Classification Society in this area will be included.

Advanced Welding Processes

This module will introduce students to a number of new/advanced welding processes that are progressively being introduced into the welding of various components. It will generate knowledge that will allow students to compare and contrast the processes for a variety of configurations.

Enhancing Welding Processes

The aim of this module is to take students away from the process details and consider how welding processes can be improved/innovated/interrogated. This approach should lead to a more questioning philosophy, that will lead to considering where research projects are required.

Students will be introduced to a number of simulation/ mathematical modelling concepts and how they have been applied to traditional welding processes. The value in terms of time and process certainty will be emphasised to the student. The place of data acquisition and the use of sensors will be illustrated and then how that can be fed back into particular models. The data acquired and the models available can then be used to develop installation and commissioning actions for automated welding and cutting systems. The place of welding test rigs within organisations will be discussed as an aid to process development/modelling input.

Management Principles for Welding Operations

This module will introduce you to selected areas of management. In response to particular issues, the focus will be on human behaviour, leadership styles and change management. These will be considered from an engineering-oriented perspective. The content builds on some of the traditional human behaviour models and how they have been adapted over time. This is then overlaid by describing aspects of leadership styles giving the student an insight into the realisation that style has now to be adaptive and flexible.

Change and change management are now key elements of this industry and the application models for change will be discussed. The requirements for change will be considered.Most organisations are very cost driven, however, the place of value will be introduced to students.


Assessment is on the basis of a series of module assignments which come at the end of each module. The student will normally have up to three weeks to submit the assignment at the end of the coursework. This extended time is to allow students to research the topic and show definitive evidence of that.

Entry requirements

First degree or other qualification equivalent to an Honours degree in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline. Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and of the capacity for postgraduate study. Students with purely industrial experience may be considered under certain circumstances and will be subject to interview.

The entry requirements are based on a combination of academic qualification and experience. Each application will be treated on its own individual merit.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £4,900/year

Rest of UK

  • £4,900/year


  • £4,900/year

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


The programme is designed to make students more employable and also satisfy the Further Learning requirements necessary to obtain CEng status.

Most students on this course will already be in full-time employment. The course is designed to make you a more rounded welding engineer with a greater breadth and depth of applicable knowledge, and thus more employable. 

Initially, completion of the course is a very visible demonstration of the student’s capability and commitment to the company. This has been shown from other courses to act as a springboard to further development/promotion within organisations. Whilst this course is ‘technical’ there is also evidence that this type of course can lead in time to ‘non-technical’ roles in organisations. Areas such as manufacturing management, production engineering safety, training, strategic planning and academia are employers of welding engineers. In addition, there's additional evidence of higher management positions being attainable.

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