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Fully accredited by the IoM3, graduates will have the underpinning knowledge for later professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
It's a fantastic time to be a specialist in aerospace materials, and there are many exciting and revolutionary technologies being developed in industry with many requiring new ways of thinking about materials.
The UK has 17% of the world’s aerospace industry, second only to the USA, and Sheffield is in the heartland of the UK aerospace industry, meaning many international aerospace companies look to the Department to discover ways to improve both materials and processes for use in their products.
Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures,
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A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.
English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 27,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 143 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.Read more
Why did you choose your course?
I chose to do a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Materials as a follow-on from my undergraduate degree in the same subject. I chose this course due to my love for aircraft and my fascination in understand how and why such heavy objects fly. I also appreciate the transfer of materials which were initially created for aerospace applications which are now being used in many other sectors. I am very interested in creating and improving efficient aerospace materials.
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
I have enjoyed that we constantly apply the knowledge we gain in lectures into real life problems. For example, in my Design & Manufacture of Composites module, we are encouraged to think critically about applications, by being ambitious but aware of physical, societal and sustainability constraints.
What do you think about Sheffield as a city?
I fell in love with the clean air of Sheffield when I attended an open day in 2010. Its close proximity to the Peak District has given me the opportunity to explore many villages several times since I returned in September. Sheffield is a great city for students, with opportunities for all types of people and with many social events both in the daytime and later. Additionally, Sheffield is a city where many industries and companies have great relationships with the university, so there are job opportunities awaiting students once we complete our degrees.
What are your ambitions for the next few years?
I am now working towards an Engineering Doctorate (EngD), which involves research into solutions for current and relevant industrial applications and problems.
What did you study and where before starting your course?
I studied A-level Physics, Chemistry and Maths as well as AS-Level Biology and Further Maths before commencing an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Materials in 2011. I completed by undergraduate degree in 2014 and worked in the industry before coming back to do a Master’s Degree in 2017.
What would you say to students if they are considering studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield?
Just do it! Materials Science will definitely provide the best platform for your future and career. You will always be connected with a network of alumni who span different industries around the world and have come from a city with deep roots in materials science through its history in steelmaking.
Degree: MSc(Eng) Aerospace Materials
Job title: Teacher and Postdoctoral Researcher, North University of China
Main responsibilities: Manage two course modules; the reading aspect of the pre-courses of international education and Engineering Graphics, delivered in Chinese and English.
What skills are most important for this area of work?
Patience and the courage to keep digging at research is the most important for a teacher or researcher in a university, and I think a little bit of creativity and information management ability is also required.
What did you enjoy most about your time at Sheffield?
In Sheffield there are woodland areas, although this might not be for everyone, I love it very much. I could spend a whole day wandering around, losing track of time, and forgetting about those so called ‘important things’.
Has how your degree helped in preparing for your job, what are your future plans?
The experience of studying in the UK can be very rewarding, in particular for developing English speaking skills which are handy when collaborating with researchers from other countries. Additionally, one year and above academic experience in a foreign country is necessary if you desire an academic career, leading to promotion of Professor at the North University of China and in many other Chinese universities. Next year I have the opportunity to visit Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as a joint doctorate training student; after I complete my doctorate degree, I want to apply for a research fellowship and continue research in the area of acoustic metamaterials.
What advice do you have to current students at the University of Sheffield?
I would suggest engineering students, especially Chinese students, absorb as much cutting-edge technology and practical experience as possible. You'll need it upon completing your degree and looking for a job. Plus enjoy your days in the UK, you will miss it when it's gone.
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