Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University

Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching and research.

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.

Materials Engineering was ranked 3rd in National Student Survey (NSS) 2015. Materials Engineering at Swansea is ranked 5th in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015 and The Complete University Guide 2016.

We prepare our degree students for their future careers. This is recognised by The Complete University Guide 2016, 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.”

Materials Engineering

The SPECIFIC Project

SPECIFIC is a consortium led by Swansea University, with strategic industrial partners Tata Steel, BASF, NSG Pilkington and a wide range of business and academic partners to develop a range of functional coatings for building materials: coatings that can be applied to roofs and walls on a large scale, using cost-effective, earth-abundant and safe materials.

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Over £1m funding has been received from Airbus and the Welsh Government in the last three years to support structural composites research and development in the aerospace industry and to support composites activity across Wales.

Tata Steel

Tata Steel

Funding of over £6 million to continue our very successful postgraduate programmes with Tata Steel.

This has led to new developments in areas of novel steels for automotive applications, environmentally-friendly coatings for corrosion protection and photovoltaic materials for low cost energy generation.

Dr Richard Johnston explains X-ray Microtomography

Materials Science and Engineering 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

BEng Sports Materials UCAS code J400

These courses are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).


Materials Science and Engineering Foundation Year / UCAS code J505‌  

Materials Science and Engineering postgraduate degrees

MSc Materials Engineering

MRes Materials Engineering

MRes Steel Technology (STRIP)

MSc by Research in Materials Engineering

MRes Steel Process and Product Development (Part-time)

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering

The MSc, MRes's and EngD's taught modules are accredited by Institutes depending on the area of research, such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).



The Institute of Structural Materials at Swansea is a core member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials.

This is part of a global initiative, with regular liaison with Rolls-Royce centres based in the USA, Germany and Singapore.

This venture supports a wide ranging research portfolio with a rolling value of £6.5 million per annum addressing longer term materials issues, plus a newly incorporated commercial company (Swansea Materials Research and Testing Ltd – SMaRT) to address shorter term investigations with an annual turnover in business to the value of £1 million.