As a postgraduate student in the School of Materials you will have access to our state-of-the-art laboratories and excellent research and teaching facilities.

We provide the resources you need to facilitate your learning regardless of your area of study. This includes fully equipped laboratories for materials and biomaterials research, design studios and CAD suites, and specialist computer clusters and software. We have a well-stocked library which boasts the largest collection of textile publications in the world as well as journals and reference sources related to all aspects of materials science and biomaterials.

Research facilities

Your training and personal research interests are an important part of our research portfolio so we will ensure that you are well resourced and fully integrated into our research groups for guidance and supervision. Our technicians also provide invaluable advice and support for your projects.

Our research facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry laboratories for textiles research to a dedicated stem cell culture suite for biomaterials research. For materials science and corrosion research, we have the largest collection of facilities in the UK. This includes state-of-the-art electron microscopy, a dedicated centre for X-ray tomography, and a unique set of processing equipment for metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. To find out more, see our research pages.

Why us?

  • Self-contained, purpose-built Materials Science Centre
  • Electron-optical imaging and analytical facilities
  • Dedicated creative design studios and computer clusters
  • Digital media design and multimedia learning packages
  • Largest library/collection of textiles publications in the world

Around campus

Within the University campus, additional study facilities are available. In addition, through the School's collaborative research programmes, you will be able to access research facilities and expertise both nationally and within Europe. This includes the Manchester beamline, a dedicated synchrotron X-ray beam line at the Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire.


Our Postgraduate Team are available to answer any questions that you have from your initial research into the programme, to application and registration, right the way through to graduation and beyond! We offer advice and information to all our applicants and students – everything from moving to Manchester and finding accommodation to University societies and the local nightlife! Just get in touch and do not hesitate to ask us anything.

International Advice Team

The International Advice Team are available to help you with any problems you have regarding issues such as immigration, academic problems, finance and funding, work and work permits, and personal or family issues.


The accommodation available in Manchester is one of the many advantages of studying here. We offer a greater number of places in university owned accommodation than any other university in the country. There are more than 9,200 places available, almost all of which are within two or three miles of the university campus.

The accommodation available ranges from modern, self-catering flats, right through to traditional collegiate-style Halls of Residence. Your Hall is the place where you'll meet new friends and spend a lot of your free time. They are self contained communities with their own bars, common rooms and a hectic programme of social activities.

See the University Accommodation website for more information.

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