Materials science is voted number one for student satisfaction in the UK.

96% of students are satisfied with their course putting materials science number one in the UK for student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2022).


This year’s survey has ranked Engineering’s materials science course as the best in the UK for satisfaction levels, with a further five engineering courses in the top five: aeronautical and aerospace engineering (2), mechanical engineering (3), materials technology (3), engineering (non-specific) (3), chemical, process and energy engineering (5).

Engineering also ranked number one in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities, for six subjects, including materials science, aeronautical and aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, materials technology, production and manufacturing engineering and computer science.

Materials science is top three in the Russell Group and the UK in all nine question categories, with the annual survey asking students for their views on key aspects of their University experience. This includes teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community and student voice, as well as overall satisfaction.

“I am so proud of everyone in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Delivering such a fantastic teaching experience for our students is a team effort - everyone contributes to making this such a great place to learn and to teach. We take student feedback very seriously and these results show that we listen to our students to make improvements.”

Professor Serena Cussen

Head of Department, Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Jim Litster, Vice-President and Head of Engineering at The University of Sheffield, said: “These fantastic results are a testament to our dedicated, innovative and supportive teaching and student support staff. I am so grateful to all of them for their hard work in being recognised by our students as delivering some of the best learning and teaching nationally.

“Our students are the engineers of the future, so it’s incredibly important that we listen to and act on their feedback and insights. This will continue to help us develop our student experience in the Faculty and provide them with the best possible opportunities while they are studying here.”

The annual league table has shown that overall satisfaction among University of Sheffield students across all faculties is two per cent above the national sector-wide average. The award-winning Students’ Union has also been recognised within the rankings, with satisfaction 15 per cent above the sector average, placing it first in the Russell Group.

Top in the Russell Group

We are the top-ranked Russell Group university for Graduate Prospects in Materials Science and Engineering. (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

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