Why Study Materials Science?


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Shoes, plates, chairs, cars, homes, planes, body scanners, turbines

What do they have in common?

Everything we own and use involves a complex mix of materials

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Materials Science is understanding how things are put together

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Combine Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Engineering

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To understand how materials behave

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Discover the structure and properties of materials

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And work at the forefront of industry: healthcare, energy, environmental sustainability, sport, automotive, aerospace

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Bridge the gap between science and engineering and provide solutions to problems of the future, today.

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