Metallurgy is a field of materials science, and it doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out which material in particular it focuses on. That’s right: metals.
Studying for a metallurgy degree requires a good head for sciences; the subject involves investigation of the chemical and physical properties of metallic elements, compounds and alloys.
Metallurgy degrees also cover metal-related technologies, including extraction methods, use in industry and engineering, and metalworking processes such as casting, forging and sintering.
At some universities, metallurgy’s practical applications in engineering and industry are emphasized through visits to facilities, guest speakers and work placements. Disciplines you may touch on include physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering design and instrumentation technology.