Materials Science and Engineering

Creating an effective product or component is as much about what it's made of as how it's made, making materials scientists vital to the engineering process.

As well as developing innovative new materials they are also involved in improving existing materials to help solve major engineering problems, such as creating lighter and more fuel efficient aircraft or finding the right material to safely store nuclear waste.

Holly Humphries

Holly Humphries

Holly graduated with a MEng in Materials Science and Engineering and is now on a graduate scheme with engineering firm Atkins.

Atkins is an engineering consultancy that provides a wide range of services to clients in many business sectors, such as nuclear, oil and gas, defence, aerospace and highways and transport. I'm currently a graduate engineer for Atkins Defence. During my first three months I have mainly been writing technical reports and checking supporting documents to complete specific tasks for one of our clients. During my next year I will be working on a completely different project which will split my time between my office and a nearby manufacturing site and will involve much more client interaction.

On an Atkins graduate scheme you get to experience a huge variety of work - graduates tend to spend around three-twelve months on a particular project before changing to another.  Working for a very large company means there are always a lot of opportunities to move around the UK, increase your personal and technical development, and to meet lots of people.

I chose the Atkins scheme because I wanted to be involved in engineering on a much wider scale - my degree was quite specific in some areas and I wanted to broaden my engineering knowledge. The projects within defence are very interesting and it appealed to me that Atkins' clients are well-known companies within the UK.