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It is estimated 70 per cent of innovations are due to an advance in materials. This course provides a solid grounding in all types of materials, and aims to prepare you for a career in industry or research by teaching the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible.
Our research-led teaching introduces you to all the latest developments. You’ll have the option to keep your course general or tailor your degree with optional modules to specialise in the area that interests you the most.
Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.
You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework and a
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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
The rhythm of my days and weeks have been changing during this year.
During the first term, I took the core modules of my programme, as the lectures were divided during the week, this allowed me to take part in activities the Students’ Union offers. I had the opportunity to experience various activities including ultimate frisbee, Swedish back massage, fencing, and kayaking amongst others. During the weekends, they offer ‘Day Trips’, which was a great way to visit other cities, without taking time out from my studies.
By the second term, my project had been assigned and the lab work started, along with weekly meetings with my supervisor and the other MSc and PhD students. One of the extra activities that I continued to do, was going to the History Walks every Thursday, which is a wonderful way to get to know the City, from the Botanical Gardens to the City Centre.
During the exam period I loved going to the Library. If I had to revise by myself I liked going to the silent study area on Western Bank. It is a propitious place to concentrate, and in addition has a lovely view of the pond with ducks in Weston Park, which is very relaxing. But, if it is group study, I preferred to go to The Diamond, which has spacious general study areas, and group rooms.
When it reached June, lectures and exams had gone so it was time to focus on the project. I worked on the L-floor of the Hadfield building where research on Functional Materials and Devices takes place. I also got to use the XRD Research Facility to characterise the powder that I was working on.
Normally, I prepared lunch in the morning and I ate it in the Pam Liversidge building; an open space with couches and tables, where many of my classmates that were also working on their projects sat to eat.
On weekends I liked go to for dinner or a drink on Division Street as it has several places to choose from. But my favourite place to go and relax on Sundays is in Endcliffe Park, taking any of the walking paths that appear in front of me – you can even end up at the Peak District, where you can see sheep and flowers, and watch the City in the distance.
JULIA IS NOW A PhD STUDENT IN THE DEPARTMENT
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