Study at the IAC
Our postgraduate students gain expertise in materials science applied to real world problems. At the same time they experience a multidisciplinary research environment and gain valuable exposure to industry.
For more than 20 years the IAC has been actively involved in research on materials and material surfaces. The Centre continues to provide a vibrant and stimulating environment for postgraduate study. Researchers within the Centre explore materials of all types, including strong activities in nanoscience and nuclear materials.
Why undertake postgraduate study in materials science?
The world is in the middle of a materials revolution. Materials science and engineering has transformed every aspect of modern living. Advances in engineered materials are crucial to the continued vitality of countless industries. Research at the IAC and elsewhere at the University of Bristol plays a key part in this revolution.
Since the beginning of civilisation advances in materials have preceded almost every major technological leap. Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field. We explore the scientific fundamentals of materials, their design and their processing for real world applications. We apply the basic principles of chemistry and physics to understand the structure and properties of materials.
As a postgraduate at the IAC you will learn to bridge the gap between science and engineering, becoming an expert not only in your area of study but in materials analysis in general.