This short course covers principles of materials selection, properties of metals and alloys and properties of polymers and ceramics, presented by subject specialists from the academic community at Cranfield.

Delegates receive full course notes which complement the lectures and provide an invaluable reference tool in the workplace.

At a glance

Course structure

Delivered through a combination of lectures and case studies, with an emphasis on practical sessions for group and individual exercises.

Core content

Principles of Materials Selection

  • Introduction to materials selection
  • Materials selection case study
  • Property ranking group exercises and presentations
  • Materials handbooks software and databases
  • Group exercise

Properties of Metals and Alloys

  • Review of aluminium alloys
  • Review of copper alloys
  • Review of steels and stainless steels
  • Review of titanium and nickel alloys
  • Review of magnesium alloys
  • Group exercise

Materials selection exercises

  • Group exercises and presentations
  • Individual exercises

Properties of Polymers and Ceramics

  • Review of polymers
  • Review of composites
  • Review of ceramics and processes
  • Individual exercise

Materials selection exercises

  • Individual exercises and presentations

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This postgraduate level training programme is aimed at materials and design specialists and technical staff from a wide-range of industries, including the manufacturing, offshore and aeronautical sectors. It will also be valuable to non-specialists who wish to gain a better understanding of materials and their selection.



20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details.

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.