Why should I study Materials Engineering?

What is Materials Engineering?

Materials engineers develop, produce and test materials for a wide range of products such as computer chips, aircraft wings or biomedical devices. They also examine the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials and other substances in order to create new materials and invent new ways to use existing materials.

Three reasons to study Materials Engineering:

  1. Make a difference in industry and research: material engineering is an interdisciplinary field which includes physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, taught in a cohesive way. This makes you gain the tools for making a difference in industry and research.
  2. Strong research performance: as a student of materials engineering, you will be taught by leading figures in research and industry engagement with up-to-date course content that is relevant and related to the real world. It is also possible to work with companies on projects closely related to their everyday business and therefore increase your employability.
  3. International career options: studying materials can lead to you having an international career. In the race to make things stronger, cheaper, lighter, more functional and more sustainable, the manipulation of materials, their properties and processes is key. Every company in the world is interested in improving these.  

How to study Materials Engineering?

The curriculum of materials engineering combines chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. The principles of mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering are also part of your modules, so materials engineers are highly sought after.

The curriculum also includes communication, project management, time management and organisational and computing skills.

What kind of jobs can I get by studying Materials Engineering?

Graduates typically pursue careers in industry, academia and in research labs. They can apply their knowledge of materials to develop lighter and stronger cars and sports equipment. Their knowledge is important for the electrical industry just as well.

How can U-Multirank help me find the best Materials Engineering study programme for me?

If you’re considering pursuing a degree in materials engineering, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. U-Multirank’s subject rankings provide the feedback of more than 100,000 current students studying at the respective universities, offering a unique student perspective to the rankings via our Teaching & Learning dimension. Create your own personalised rankings today, and compare universities according to what matters most to you.  To start, make sure to select materials engineering as your subject of interest and we’ll help guide you through the rest.

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