The faculty is unique in combining expertise from geosciences and geography, raw materials management and recycling as well as materials engineering. As a result, many of our research programs are multidisciplinary and we are especially well-placed to deliver integrated courses in engineering, geosciences and environmental subjects at the interface of these disciplines. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs as well as a number of PhD degrees. The faculty has a strong research record in a number of areas including materials technology and material and energy flow analysis and has received international attention. Cutting edge research underpins the content of all undergraduate and graduate programmes and we provide opportunities for postgraduate research in a wide range of specialties.

Earth Sciences and Geography explore the availability of Earth’s energy and mineral resources, sustainability, and environmental change, perhaps the currently most pressing issues in the modern world. Other research topics look at the possibilities for regeneration of post-industrial land into valuable greenfield land, while another focus is on examination of the workings of glacial systems, and how global warming is affecting the recession of glaciers.

Mineral Resources and Raw Materials Engineering integrate relevant scientific theories, engineering fundamentals, and advanced technologies to recover natural resources. Research is multidisciplinary and fundamentally driven by the quest for adequate supply of mineral products at acceptable cost.
The breadth of expertise ranges from exploitation and processing of raw materials, sustainable development, recycling of waste materials to the design of mining machinery.

Division of Materials Scíence and Engineering use engineering and fundamental science solutions to provide the basis for solving problems in the main applications sectors such as mechanical and surface properties, manufacturing processes, energy conversion, environmental protection, functional ceramics, glass and healthcare science. In all themes the research is carried out with strong support from, and involvement of, the relevant industrial organisations and often in collaboration with international partners. Spin-out companies have been created to commercialise the products of research.

The faculty has extensive links with universities world-wide and employers and potential employers of our students through our professional training and professional consultancy work with industry organisations.