I am deciding between'Materials science/engineering' vs 'Engineering'Watch this thread
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?
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/).