For those of you who have applied for Materials science or materials engineering, what drew you to the subject over something like engineering? There are not many materials courses however the ones at Imperial and Oxford look very very good, which other uni's have good courses for it? (I am struggling to find a wide range of good courses in the subject)
A worry of mine is that Materials is a lot more specialized than engineering and will not open up such a wide range of careers/jobs (a particular strength of engineering).
Finally, for those of you doing a Materials course, would you say it is more of an applied engineering degree or an academic science degree or a mixture of the two?
Any other thoughts on the matter?
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I've just finished a Mechanical Engineering degree at Southampton. Each year there has been at least one Materials module and it was possible to specialize in Materials in the 3rd and 4th year. Personally, I am not overkeen on the materials content although I appreciate it's usefulness, and so I'm grateful that the degree was broad.
Your concern about the number of doors opened by a materials science degree is perhaps correct. That said, the doors that it does open are opened further. Why would you hire a mechanical engineer with a materials focus over a straight materials science student for a materials position?
As materials science is something many people do not experience until doing a more general engineering degree, it is not uncommon for people to do postgraduate research in materials.
Be sure to look at actual textbooks and courses (you can trawl .edu websites for a lecture series on materials e.g. http://web.utk.edu/~prack/mse201/).