M.Sc. Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Since the dawn of mankind, materials have played an essential role in human development. The Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age are part of our history and today we are heading towards the Nano Age. Using all the tools in chemistry, such as material synthesis and chemical and physical characterization methods, this broad engineering programme aims at deepening the understanding of materials properties in order to design and develop the materials of tomorrow.

Programme description

Society is increasingly relying on chemistry in creating materials that are more environmentally sustainable, more durable, lighter, consume less energy and are cheaper. Centred around organic- and inorganic chemistry, polymers and nanotechnology we train you in how to use these tools in tweaking molecules to give materials specific properties. This could range from high temperature corrosion resistant materials and materials for catalysts in a chemical process or in cars to nanomaterials that have unique traits and precision targeted pharmaceuticals.

Evolving fields where materials chemistry stands for great opportunities are e.g. biodegradable detergents, solvent free paints, polymers made of renewable recourses, polymer based solar panels and diodes, thermoelectric materials that transfers heat to electricity and handling complex emissions from fuel efficient engines that rely on biofuels instead of fossil fuels.

The programme provides you with an engineering education within the materials field where emphasis is on synthesis, chemical characterisation, physical and chemical properties and applications, and top down chemical nano manufacturing. There is also a close connection to industrially relevant materials, including both present products and the materials of the future.

Career opportunities

Scientists, in industry or academia, and engineers in materials science are active in fields ranging from fundamental materials development to application of materials technology in products and processes. Sweden has cutting edge research in characterisation, design and development of new materials.

There is thus a continuous need for materials engineers with a sound chemistry background within Swedish industry, such as automotive, rolling bearings, bioimplants, polymers, surface treatment, paint, packaging materials, hygiene and healthcare products and pharmaceuticals. In addition, sustainable engineering opens up more opportunities such as catalysis, recycling, biodegradable materials, tailored nanomaterials and corrosion resistant alloys.

Besides moving on as PhD-students, previous student have found positions at e.g. Komet, ST1, Emerson, Borealis, SP, Domsjö fabriker, Eka Chemicals, Mölnlycke Healthcare, Elasto Sweden AB, YKI, Tetra Pack, Intellego Technologies, Akzo Nobel, Oxeon, Vinci Technologies, Kronans droghandel, Iggesund paperboard, Volvo Cars, Alström Power, Forbo Forshaga.

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Research and industry connections

Connections to research are strong within all areas in the programme. The teachers are researchers and/or PhD-students who all take an active part in the research activities at the department, this guarantees research relevance and novelty in the courses. The connection is strengthened through the Research School in Materials Science and the Area of Advance in Materials Science. In many of the courses the students work in small research projects, which are directly related to the research performed at the division.

Educational methods

As a student you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to handle the complexity of materials related problem solving in products and processes. This includes e.g. design, development of new and existing materials, synthesis and characterization of material’s properties. Several of the compulsory elective courses have a project based part where e.g. teamwork and innovation processes are included. The projects are to be presented in written reports, posters and/or orally.

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Elective courses

  • Solid state chemistry, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Examination 6,0 Credits
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Laboratory 1,5 Credits
  • The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Surface chemistry, Examination 7,5 Credits

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Polymer chemistry and physics, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Examination 4,5 Credits
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Laboratory 3,0 Credits
  • Formulations for drug delivery, Examination 4,5 Credits
  • Formulations for drug delivery, Laboratory 3,0 Credits
  • Nanomaterials chemistry, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part A, Examination 4,0 Credits
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part B, Laboratory 3,5 Credits
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part A, Examination 4,0 Credits
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part B, Project 3,5 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Written and oral assignments 3,8 Credits
  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Laboratory 3,7 Credits
  • Corrosion, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Advanced organic synthesis, Project 7,5 Credits
  • Ceramics engineering, part A, Examination 6,0 Credits
  • Ceramics engineering, part B, Laboratory 1,5 Credits
  • Natural product chemistry, Examination 6,0 Credits
  • Natural product chemistry, Laboratory 1,5 Credits
  • Surface engineering, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Biological materials, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Advanced analysis methods, Examination 7,5 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Applied coordination chemistry, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Polymer technology, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Catalysis, Examination 7,5 Credits

Second Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1 Elective courses

  • Solid state chemistry, Examination 7,5
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Examination 6,0
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Laboratory 1,5
  • The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials, Examination 7,5
  • Surface chemistry, Examination 7,5

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Polymer chemistry and physics, Examination 7,5
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Examination 4,5
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Laboratory 3,0
  • Formulations for drug delivery, Examination 4,5
  • Formulations for drug delivery, Laboratory 3,0
  • Nanomaterials chemistry, Examination 7,5
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part A, Examination 4,0
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part B, Laboratory 3,5
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part A, Examination 4,0
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part B, Project 3,5

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Written and oral assignments 3,8
  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Laboratory 3,7
  • Corrosion, Examination 7,5
  • Advanced organic synthesis, Project 7,5
  • Ceramics engineering, part A, Examination 6,0
  • Ceramics engineering, part B, Laboratory 1,5
  • Natural product chemistry, Examination 6,0
  • Natural product chemistry, Laboratory 1,5
  • Surface engineering, Examination 7,5
  • Biological materials, Examination 7,5
  • Advanced analysis methods, Examination 7,5

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Applied coordination chemistry, Examination 7,5
  • Polymer technology, Examination 7,5
  • Catalysis, Examination 7,5

Diploma thesis

  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, part A, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, part B, Diploma thesis 30.0

Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Bio Engineering

Prerequistes: Physical chemistry, Organic chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Mathematics (linear algebra, multivariable calculus and differential equations)

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)

  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)

  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

  • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

  • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

  • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

  • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Scholarships for current students

Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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