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"Imperial Materials graduates gain success in many different careers including science, engineering, business, finance, consultancy and law. Some choose to go directly into a job after graduation and others choose further study. Whatever your direction, we are here to help! We provide many opportunities for you to meet employers and we will help you to quickly learn the necessary skills for success in application processes."

Madelaine Chapman

Careers Consultant for Materials

Our Materials Science and Engineering graduates have a wide choice of interesting careers both in established sectors and in the industries of the future.

Employers will value your qualified training and you will have the chance to meet them in the course of your degree at talks and seminars hosted by the Department and delivered by industry experts. You can also meet employers at the various on-campus employer events held by the Careers Service.

Should it be in our Department, the Faculty of Engineering or Imperial College as a whole you will become part of a community of motivated, creative and ambitious students, staff and alumni allowing to build and grow your network. 


Discover Materials: What Careers do Materials Science and Engineering degrees enable?

This video discusses potential career options if you have a Material Science and Engineering degree.







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An image of a rocket launchMaterials scientists provide essential expertise to achieve lighter, faster, safer and more economic aircrafts, satellites or spacecraft . They understand the relationship between performance and the extreme environments materials will encounter in
aerospace applications. They work on technologies from high performance alloys, or composites to coatings.


An image of two white sports carsRacing cars, commercial, hybrid or electric vehicles all have one thing in common: they need to always be safer, more efficient and perform better. Materials scientists can create or manipulate the properties of materials to achieve these objectives and help with the development of displays, electronics, batteries, optical sensors, or body frames. They also work with catalytic
materials to reduce the impact of environmentally harmful chemical processes.


An image of a virus Materials Science and Engineering and healthcare are intrinsically linked from the development of biocompatible implants to life-changing advances like instant disease detection tests, bone and cartilage regeneration, or 3D-printed organs. The  healthcare industry offers unique challenges and the need for materials to perform and behave at the highest standard and with absolute precision.

IT and telecommunications

An image of multiple telecommunications mastsThe increasing demand in ever-faster communication solutions and the increasing volume of data traffis require the   development of performance components to improve reliability, durability and high-power transmissions in devices. Materials scientists can offer innovative solutions like the use of graphene in key components for optical and radio communications, or holographic data storage.

Management and Finance

An image of a laptop with various graphs and chartsYou will gain valuable mathematical and analytical skills on our courses which enable you to follow successful careers in such professions as accountancy, banking, management consultancy, in law or in information technology. Many opportunities will be open to you in the world of business management where your scientific background will be greatly valued.

Manufacturing and technology

An image of two people looking at a manufacturing machineMaterials scientists have always been at the forefront of new technological developments. Collaborating as part of a team, they conceptualise, design and test lighter, stronger, safer, more durable and economical materials that are integrated in a whole range of devices and applications from toys to touch screens.


An image of a person looking through an advanced microscopeMaterials scientists observe and study substances at the atomic scale to understand their properties and interactions. Most material properties will change at the nanoscale and understanding these changes can be useful in the discovery and  manufacture of nanomaterials for applications in medicine, electronics or energy storage, to name just a few.

Oil and Energy

An image of a windfarmThe ability to generate, use and store energy, or extract resources very much depends on the materials the technologies used are made from. The development and performance of batteries, fuel cells, nuclear reactors or solar cells, for example, all very much depend on advances made in Materials Science and Engineering. These progresses can also have a huge impact on sustainability, and the preservation of our environment.

Research and Academia

A researcher showing students around a labStudents with a strong interest in research often choose to continue their studies and work for higher degrees to specialise in your chosen field. Many of our students decide to teach and we have representatives in all areas from primary schools to A-level and university professors across the globe.