Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University

Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching and research. Materials Engineering is 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction and ranked 6th overall in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2018.

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations. These industrial research links provide excellent opportunities for our degree students to undertake vacation and year-out placements, as well as giving good research and employment opportunities.

We prepare our degree students for their future careers. This is recognised by The Complete University Guide 2017, The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, which placed the graduate job outcomes for our Materials Engineering degree students as best in the UK

Tim Rudd, BEng Materials Science and Engineering (with a year in industry)

Materials engineering

“I was lucky enough to gain sponsorship towards my degree from Chevron (a major oil company) so I spent my university holidays working at a refinery to gain industrial experience.

I also spent a sandwich year at the refinery between the second and third year of my degree which gave me a lot of relevant experience and helped in the third year of the course – for example, I’d seen firsthand a lot of the corrosion and metal failure modes we were learning about.

A sandwich year teaches you so much and gives you a huge amount of transferable skills. I graduated with a 1st class degree and was offered an immediate position with Chevron, so the placement experience definitely proved worthwhile.”

Our Materials Science and Engineering degree courses

Undergraduate degrees

BEng Materials Science and Engineering / UCAS code J500
MEng Materials Science and Engineering / UCAS code J504
BEng Materials Science and Engineering (with a Year in Industry) / UCAS code J502
MEng Materials Science and Engineering (with a Year in Industry) / UCAS code J503
BEng Materials Science and Engineering (with a Year Abroad) / UCAS code J510
Materials Science and Engineering Foundation Year / UCAS code J505

 Postgraduate degrees

MSc Materials Engineering
MSc Engineering Leadership & Management
MRes Materials Engineering
MRes Steel Technology (STRIP)
MSc by Research in Materials Engineering
Engineering Doctorate (EngD)
PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering

Our Materials Science and Engineering department is ranked in the Top 300 departments in the World. (Shanghai Global Rankings)

Our BEng, MEng and MSc courses are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Accreditation IOM3Mary Rose


Materials department at Swansea ranked in World Top 300