Metallurgy and Materials

In Metallurgy and Materials we explore how materials behave and how they can be used and improved. We work closely with industry to accelerate the rate at which innovations reach practical application using manufacturing methods which have revolutionised materials performance and safety.

Our research-intensive teaching gives students a learning experience that generates the most sought-after and transferable skills. We offer a range of taught and research degrees including Materials Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Science.

Top 10

in the UK for GPA & 4* Engineering research.

(REF 2021)

Students take on the Mongol Rally

mongol rally 2018 car front

A group of Engineering and Physical Sciences students have today set off to tackle to world's the greatest motoring adventure: the Mongol Rally.

'Self-healing' materials set to transform hypersonic travel

c3Harme project logo

The University of Birmingham is working as part of a group of 12 partners from six European countries on an EU-funded collaborative research project which aims to design, manufacture and test a new generation of materials able to withstand the harsh conditions of aerospace.

Atomically thin nanowires convert heat to electricity more efficiently

Model of atomically thin “picowires” of tin telluride inside a carbon nanotube.  Graph shows enhanced thermoelectric Figure of Merit compared to bulk SnTe. Bottom shows experimental electron micrographs of the picowires alongside simulated micrographs and

Waste heat can be converted to electricity more efficiently using one-dimensional nanoscale materials as thin as an atom – ushering in a new way of generating sustainable energy – thanks to new research by the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Cambridge.

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