What students say about materials science
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
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- Business, research and administrative professionals
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Materials engineer
- Product/process development scientist
Other real-life job examples
- Biomedical engineer
- Higher education lecturer
- Manufacturing systems engineer
What employers like about this subject
A materials science course teaches subject knowledge as well as a number of skills which appeal to employers across a broad range of sectors and industries. Studying for a materials science/technology degree provides you with a strong set of transferable skills. These include numerical, analytical, problem-solving and independent-thinking skills. Materials-based graduate positions often require you to work in teams made up many different departments as well as consulting clients; this requires strong diplomacy and communication skills in order to put your ideas across properly.