Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering combines an understanding of the fundamental behaviour of materials from jet engines to nano-robots, from artificial tendons to bullet-proof vests and from the materials of today to those for future applications, such as graphene. It is a practical subject at the heart of all major industrial sectors, which combines theory with practical application to meet engineering challenges. Materials Science and Engineering graduates are amongst the most highly sought after by employers in a wide range of industry sectors, with starting salaries higher than those for any other science subject.

Read our latest Materials Science brochure.

BSc programme is accredited as fully meeting the academic requirements for IEng registration and partially for CEng registration. MEng programmes are accredited as fully meeting the academic requirements for CEng registration. 

Why should I choose to study at Manchester?

By choosing to study Materials Science and Engineering at Manchester you will be joining the largest and most diverse university activity devoted to materials in Europe. You will be taught by academics with world leading expertise in their fields. You will have access to unique facilities including over 20 state of the art electron microscopes, custom laboratories for all classes of materials, and world leading research centres. All our courses are designed to give you hands on experience of using this equipment in a research project of your choice, working on anything from nano-materials such as graphene to advanced aerospace alloys to tissue engineering for regenerative medicine.

You will be taught by research-active lecturers with international reputations in their fields. All our courses are up-to-date and inspired by the latest discoveries of our research groups and the expertise of our staff.

We focus strongly on industrial relevance and application throughout the course and give you opportunities to use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and analytical techniques in our purpose-built Materials Science Centre.

When you graduate you will be well prepared for an engineering career in industry or academia. Materials Science and Engineering graduates are highly sought after by employers, and all of our graduates either find employment in industry or go on to higher level study at the end of their degree.

Careers include research and development, management positions, and technical roles within both large multinationals and smaller businesses. All our courses are accredited by the Institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials, enabling our graduates to go on to achieve professional Chartered Engineering (CEng) status.

You may choose to deepen your knowledge by continuing to study for a MSc or a PhD. 

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