The Department is one of the leading materials science departments in the world. In the UK's Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, the Department had the highest Quality Profile in the 'metallurgy and materials' subject area, and indeed was in the group of four highest rated science and engineering departments in the UK, each with a 'grade point average' of 3.35. Our research covers a very wide range of materials, from creating new materials to improving existing materials. We are very well equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in both materials science and materials engineering. Our research is sponsored by about 130 different industries and governments throughout the world. The Department welcomes new graduates from throughout the world into its research school, and we welcome new support from industry.