Welcome to
Discover Materials

Are you interested in science, engineering and how things are made?

Material Science and Engineering is an exciting area of study which offers a fantastic array of careers, and develops a range of skills and interests.

Understanding how materials behave can help us to tackle the most pressing global challenges we currently face - such as climate change and sustainable engineering - by rethinking how we use existing materials and developing new ones.

If that appeals to you, welcome to the world of Materials Science and Engineering. This exciting field uses skills from all fields of science - chemistry, physics, biology - and design and provides an excellent grounding for all sorts of future careers.

The future is what you make it, but it is also what you make it out of...

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Upcoming Events

We have a series of events and live performances based around the relevance of Materials Science and Engineering and how you can pursue a career in it from 27th July to 4th August 2020.

To find out more visit our Eventbrite page


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Discover Materials Open Week Schedule

Universities offering Materials Science and Engineering courses

Listen to an mp3 of Professor Sarah Haighs Q&A session

You can also download a transcript of the Q&A session


As part of the Discover Materials open week we have created a wide range of videos from how materials are used to what career opportunities are available in materials science.

Scroll down to watch all of our videos below, or view them on our YouTube Channel

About Us

Discover Materials aims to inspire young people to study Materials Science and Engineering. We do this by engaging with schools and students. We aim to support teachers with a range of resources to them to inspire their students to find out more about what a career in materials science and engineering might offer

Discover Materials is a partnership between UK Universities Materials Science and Engineering Departments, the Henry Royce Institute, and other parties with interests in Materials Science and Engineering.

UK Universities' Materials Science and Engineering Departments*:
University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Loughborough University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, University of Sheffield and University of Swansea.

*who admit students for Undergraduate degrees.

Additional Royce Partners:
University of Leeds, University of Liverpool

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Our partners

We work closely with industry to ensure commercialisation of fundamental research.

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