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With a history dating back to the 1880s, the heritage of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering can be traced back to the foundation of the University of Sheffield and includes such notable names as H C Sorby - the ‘father of metallography’, Mark Firth – Master Cutler and Mayor of Sheffield, W E S Turner – pioneer of scientific glass technology, and Harry Brearley – credited with the invention of stainless steel.
These days, the Department is renowned for both its teaching and its research in technologies relating to metals, glasses, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials, and has been successful in securing significant funding to support its research activities. We are consistently ranked in the top five for teaching in national league tables and our graduates are demonstrably employable, with an average of 97% of our graduates having secured graduate-level employment or graduate-level further study within six months of graduation, since 2013.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was ranked in the top 5 in the UK for research excellence and in the top ten for research output in materials science.
From day one we have had the aim of delivering ‘Technical training of those responsible for running the great industries of the region’. We maintain that aim to this day, but with a global outlook.
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First established in the early 1950s, the MMet course has produced over 1000 graduates, with many now working in senior positions within metallurgical companies across the globe. Read more
In this multi-disciplinary course, you will be introduced to the field of biomaterials, and important factors in the selection, design, and development of biomaterials for clinical applications. Read more
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. Read more