Guide to Studying Materials Technology

What is Materials Technology?

  • Materials technology begins with the production of goods from raw materials which are used in engineering, to the processing of those materials into ways that can be used for specific functions.
  • Materials is the umbrella term for useful products like metals, plastics and ceramics, which typically have completely different properties, meaning knowing how to make and use them requires a range of skills.

Why study Materials Technology?

  • Revolutionary new materials are being discovered all the time. Advancing the process of engineering materials is crucial in moving forward in industry, and its up to you to make those discoveries.
  • This subject is very much interdisciplinary. As well as the scientific fundamentals for materials, there is also teaching of the real world application of design and processing.
  • There is a healthy job market out there for graduates in this area. Materials technology students find work in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronic and telecommunication industries, among others.
  • The number of women studying this, while still only at around one in five, is still higher than ever. If you want to be a trailblazer as a woman in industry, this is a good time to get involved.
  • Some of the newest and most exciting areas of scientific research relate directly to materials technology, such as nanotechnology.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Teaching time usually ranges between 25-30 hours a week plus external reading. The subject will be taught in almost all cases via lectures, workshops, tutorials, both individual and group projects, as well as design activities that put classroom taught theory into practice, Marks will get different weightings per subject module.

What degree can I get? 

  • MEng Aerospace Materials
  • MEng Materials Science and Engineering
  • MEng Materials Technology with Management
  • MChem Chemistry with Materials Technology

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the university. A level in Maths is usually required.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

Use the CUG Course Chooser to search through Materials Science courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include a straight MEng in Materials Technology, as well as masters in Composite Design, Composites and Polymers, Concrete Technology, Engineering Materials, and Applied Nanotechnology.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Materials Technology degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as scientific curiosity and how to perform complex chemical processes.
  • Particular job areas include materials engineer, metallurgist, product development, scientific research, technology sales, teaching and lecturing, patents, and quality control.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as Java.