This branch is designed with courses to cover the basic type of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and their composites) and the essential techniques to differentiate them on the basis of electrical, mechanical, thermal properties. The branch also designed to give you a solid theoretical background in physics to learn some of the exciting fields you may hear of such as nanotechnology (one example – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4J6uC22Hwo), computational material science etc. The scope of material science lies in Research and development section of literally any industry for e.g.:- companies like Tata Steel, Applied materials etc.) and mostly in higher studies.
1, A Material Science expert can be of use in a variety of very specific interdisciplinary projects such as aerospace materials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXxn-8OA8Ac), space exploration projects (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xYZ8Us6muc), designing processors (companies like Intel, NVidia), Packaging industries, minimizing data storage (race track memory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIjK1dMdTGY) etc.
2. The scope for higher studies abroad is particularly high for this branch considering the fact that
– Material science has been acknowledged field in universities in developed countries encompassing fields such as Metallurgy, Ceramics and a number of physics departments abroad share similar research interest.
– The branch has teachers with a particularly good research background. Hence their recommendation letters carry weight.
3. Despite the disciplined work ethic expected from you in the department the course content is not heavy and arguably easiest to understand for a major part of the five years you will spend. You can pursue other goals or passions in life.
4. The job opportunities in the branch are increasing every year as more industries acknowledge the need for material science post-graduates. Currently companies like Reliance Industries, Tata Steel etc. take you in as soon as complete your course.
5. It’s a 5 year course. You save a year in doing your M.Tech which helps for a better job profile or accomplish your goals quicker in further studies. The flip-side can be that you can end up expecting too many good jobs in core companies too early in your career without specializing in any particular field.
– Shashwat Anand (Batch of 2015), SMST