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The specialisation Material Science covers

  • Engineering of Metals and Alloys
  • Surface Engineering
  • Engineering of Sintered Metals and Composites
  • Joining Engineering
  • Alloys and Special Materials Processing
  • Quality Engineering

    Students who study materials science are educated as specialists in designing, making and applying special metallic materials for modern branches of industry. Those materials comprise a wide range of products, including parts of electronic devices, modern cutting and metal forming tools, parts of internal combustion engines, human bone implants, and other products. This course includes all groups of construction and common use materials, like metals, their alloys, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic and composite materials, alloys with shape memory etc.
    We offer three courses, BEng, MSc Eng., PhD Eng., all of which give students a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and techniques of engineering. The BEng course (Chartered Engineer) course is designed for students who want to become engineers, but who lack the necessary science qualifications.
    The Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering is responsible for a wide range of teaching and research in materials engineering-related subjects. Because of its long standing reputation for research excellence, it is well-equipped with the latest techniques for studying materials at macro and micro levels of resolution. Extensive computer modelling work is progressing in the Department and a plethora of physical and mechanical testing devices are accessible.
    The discipline of materials science involves investigating the relationships that exist between the structure and properties of materials. In contrast, material engineering is, on the basis of the structure-property correlation, designing or engineering the structure of a material to produce a predetermined set of properties. Materials specialists are interested in the science, availability, manufacturing and recycling of materials, and integration of materials knowledge with design and marketing of a final product.
    The study of the science of materials and engineering has become in recent years an integral part of virtually all university courses in engineering. The physical metallurgists, the chemist, and the extractive metallurgist may, rightly, claim that they study materials scientifically, but the reason for the emergence of the 'new' subject of materials science is that it encompasses all these disciplines. As new, rewarding prospects develop for engineers with backgrounds in metals, composites, and plastics courses must change to educate engineers in these disciplines as well as in traditional metallurgical topics. It is important for engineers, to understand these new topics so they can apply their professional backgrounds profitably in these new fields.