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Department of Materials

The Purple Wave - students and staff at the Manchester 10K run

Why study here?

Choose materials science and engineering or fashion business and technology at Manchester and you'll join the largest and most diverse university activity devoted to materials in Europe.

Why Materials at Manchester?

  • Top 5 in the UK for Materials Science (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Study at a world-leading centre for materials design and manufacture including the Henry Royce and National Graphene Institutes.
  • Experience our brand new £400m Home of Engineering and Materials Science with state-of-the-art facilities and study spaces.

You'll be taught by leading academics in their field and will have access to unique facilities, including over 20 electron microscopes, custom laboratories for all classes of materials and outstanding research centres.

The Department of Materials is known for its congenial atmosphere and you'll benefit from a high level of staff-student contact and work in small tutor groups.

Both our fashion business and technology and materials science and engineering graduates are highly sought after by employers, and each subject area offers highly valued course accreditations: Our materials science and engineering courses are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and our fashion business and technology courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and the Institute of Textiles.

Design and fashion business degree show

The annual design and fashion business degree show is one of many highlights for our final-year fashion business and technology students. Here at a recent show some of our graduates describe the most exciting things about studying in Manchester:

Discover Manchester

Learn more about the things that make Manchester a great place to study.

Student experience

Ella Podmore talks about studying a 4-year Materials Science and Engineering MEng at The University of Manchester.