Careers and employability

Postgraduate study at Sheffield enables materials students to develop a specialist knowledge in a chosen field. Prospective employers recognise the value of our courses, and that students are fully equipped in being able to apply their knowledge to industry. Graduates are in high demand with a wide choice of interesting careers to choose from. Download our careers and employability brochure.

Where are the jobs?

Our graduates are in demand all over the world. Some are now leaders in their field. You could become a researcher, teacher, professor or manager in industry, academia and research in the UK or abroad. Wherever your future lies, your degree will be highly respected. 

Graduates work in the engineering and manufacturing industry, in such roles as:

  • Inspection and corrosion engineer
  • Materials development engineer
  • Materials technologist
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Reactor operations
  • Safety case development
  • Compliance officer

There is also the opportunity to work within research and development, in such roles as:

  • Lithium battery research & development
  • New photovoltaic device research & development
  • Postdoctoral researcher in fuel cells
  • PhD student in superconductivity 

Graduate destinations

BAE Systems
Superalloys Beijing
Johnson Matthey
Sheffield Forgemasters
GKN Aerospace
Alcoa Forgings
The Dow Chemical Company
British Steel
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
Suzhong Zhongmenzi Technology
Ramat Polytechnic
The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

Further education 

Many graduates choose to follow the PhD or MPhil route, especially if they want a career in academia or research. Students often develop relationships with research centres during their taught masters course, and can move directly into a PhD research project.

How we can help

Careers service

It's important to develop links and keep in touch with developments in your chosen specialism.

Attend seminars and conferences, and make use of your dissertation or extended research project as they provide a valuable opportunity to make links with industry and explore professional issues.

The University Careers service offers advice and support in getting started with career plans. 

Meet some of our alumni

Alumni speed networking

We know some of the best advice comes from those that have been through the student experience, our alumni!

To help support students prepare for employment, we hold an alumni speed networking event where you can meet with alumni to ask career questions and gain insight into the professional world. It's an excellent opportunity for you to gain confidence in networking and get motivated to take action regarding your career.

Just take a look at some of our alumni career profiles.