School of Materials, University of Manchester

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School of Materials Science, University of Manchester
Manchester Materials Science Centre 003.jpg
The Manchester Materials Science Centre before demolition in 2016
Head of School William Sampson[1]
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°28′03″N 2°14′03″W / 53.4676°N 2.2343°W / 53.4676; -2.2343
Affiliations Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS),
University of Manchester

The School of Materials, at the University of Manchester is a school of Materials Science at the University of Manchester. The school is one of the largest departments in Europe that has a material science focus.[citation needed] This is reflected by an annual research income of around £7m,[citation needed] 60 academic staff, and a population of 150 research students and 60 postdoctoral research staff.


The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all aspects of materials including materials engineering, biomaterials, corrosion protection, technical textiles, fashion and business.[2]


In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise both the Material Science and Corrosion and Protection centre gained the highest rating, 5*. The School of Materials has also been ranked first for research power in the UK.

The school is unusual in that the Materials Science departments at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and the Victoria University of Manchester were already joint before the merger of those two institutions in 2004. The School also incorporates the Textiles, Paper Science and Corrosion & Protection departments which were formerly part of UMIST.

Senior staff[edit]

As of 2016 the head of school is Professor William Sampson.[1] From 2011 to 2015 the head of School was Professor Paul O'Brien FRS.[3] Other senior academic staff include Philip J. Withers FRS, the Regius Professor of Materials.


The Manchester Materials Science centre was one of the main buildings of the school until its demolition in 2016. As of 2016 the centre will be replaced with the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD).


  1. ^ a b Sampson, Williams (2015). "Professor William Sampson (BSc (Hons), PhD, FIMMM)". Manchester: University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ Anon (2016). "School of Materials, University of Manchester". Manchester: University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ O’BRIEN, Prof. Paul. Who's Who. 2013 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)