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


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

Accreditation IOM3


Materials Engineering Undergraduate Bursary

Swansea University Materials Engineering are delighted to offer entrance scholarships of up to £1,500 to new Materials Engineering undergraduate students joining us for the 2018/19 academic yearClick here for more information.

Industry Experience

Year In Industry

Many of our students at Swansea University choose to spend a Year in Industry as part of their degree, which can have huge benefits for the company involved and the student working within the company. 

A Year in Industry can be taken as part of a BEng or MEng degree programme.

As part of your undergraduate course, a Year in Industry can provide a great enhancement to your degree and future career.

Get more information about our Year in Industry here.

We also offer Year Abroad schemes too - find out more about these on the Materials Science and Engineering course pages.


Through Swansea University's Paid Internship Network we seek to connect our students to employers for graduate level placements. We offer paid internships between June and September each summer. All participating students receive a free employability master-class and are assessed via a mandatory employability assessment centre. 

Find more information about our Work Placements here.

‌The International Development Office have opportunities for students to gain international work experience and take part in work abroad programmes as part of the degree (depending on scheme). Summer work placements are also available. Find out more about working abroad here.

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.”