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With a degree in Materials Science your job prospects will be very positive. You will be able to enter numerous fields, including motorsport and aerospace, nanotechnology or biomechanical and medical applications, in technical areas ranging from manufacturing, processing and research to managerial roles such as production and sales.

Your degree course will encompass key fundamental skills and attributes providing you with a wide choice of career and employment options. Course elements such as design-with-materials, problem solving, project work and industrial experience, underpinned with a background in physical sciences and mathematics, will make you an extremely versatile and desirable graduate.

student carrying booksIn addition to these many theoretical and practical competencies gained, you can also expect to develop a number of initially less-apparent capabilities, for example the ability to analyse data and assess risk or work with others to achieve goals.

During your time at university, you will be encouraged to create and continually build up a personal development profile, where you can identify practical examples of how and where you have developed these skills, and learn how best to promote them to prospective employers.

Where can I work?

• Materials manufacturers
• Electronics industries
• Medical research centres
• Automotive and aerospace industries
• Universities
• Financial Institutions
• Consultancies

• Materials expertise needed all over the world
• Lots of UK based possibilities
• Lots of Materials jobs involve regular travel from a UK base
• Many Materials graduates spend some time working overseas

Who can I work for?

You can work for some great famous companies, such as:
– Rolls Royce
– Williams Formula One
– Marks and Spencer
– Corus
– 3M

And for other small and medium sized companies, and for civil Service.

What will I be doing?

You can work for example in any of the following areas:

• Technical Journalism
• Forensic Science
• Technical Sales and Marketing
• Research and Development
• Design and Manufacture
• Quality Assurance
• Production Management
• Design and Manufacture

How much will I earn?

Some examples from today’s employers:

– Salary: £20,000 - £22,000 *
– Excellent pension and training

BP Plc
– Salary: £24,500 *
– Excellent training and support schemes

British Nuclear Fuels Plc
– Salary: £20,500 *
– Opportunities to work overseas

– Salary: £24,000 *
– Share schemes & pension with free life insurance

* typical figures c. 2006

Other websites you might find useful:

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Careers

Prospects Graduate Careers

Oxford University Materials Outreach

Mining Engineers case studies


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Interactive and fun games - explore the Materials world!
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Play one of our quizzes and see how many questions you can get right first time (though feel free to take as many guesses as you like!)!
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If you could design a sustainable classroom, what materials would you use?