M.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis MSc Programs)

Koc University | Istanbul, Turkey
Advances in technology depends more and more on the discovery and development of new materials having particular desired properties. In addition to mechanical strength, various structural, optical, electrical, magnetic and thermal properties are demanded from materials depending on the application.

Description of Materials Science and Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis MSc Programs)


Advances in technology depends more and more on the discovery and development of new materials having particular desired properties. In addition to mechanical strength, various structural, optical, electrical, magnetic and thermal properties are demanded from materials depending on the application.

The field of Materials Science and Engineering investigates different classes of materials -metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, biomaterials- with an emphasis on the relationships between the underlying structure and the processing, properties, and performance of the materials. Understanding various material properties is the first step in finding ways to tailor these properties to meet some particular need or application, and for creating entirely new materials having particular desired properties.

The M.S. program in Material Science & Engineering at Koç University is an interdisiciplinary program with the objective of giving the students the fundamental physical and chemical knowledge required for material synthesis, structure-property characterization and processing; and complementing this with practical laboratory experience.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Nano-Structured Materials
  • Photonic & Laser Materials
  • Polymeric Materials & Composites
  • Processing & Device Applications

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Regular: June 16
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)
  • At Koç University, Non-Thesis Master Program tution is determined per course, calculated as 10 % of the full year tution. (For example, for the 2012-2013 Academic Year, tution per course is 3,350 TL)
  • MSc Programs with Thesis and PhD programs admit all students with full tuition waiver: admitted students do not pay tuition.
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Course Descriptions

MASE 501 Structure of Materials

Structure of materials; atomic structure and bonding, crystalline solids, symmetry, lattice and unit cell, determination of crystal structures; imperfections, defects in metals, vacancies, substitutional and interstitial impurities, dislocation defects in ionic solids. (1,5 credits)

MASE 502 Electrical & Optical Properties of Materials

Electrical properties of materials, band theory of solids, electrical conductivity, metals, semiconductors, and dielectrics; magnetic phenomena, ferromagnetism and diamagnetism, superconductors; optical properties of materials, refractive index, dispersion, absorption and emission of light, nonlinear optical properties, second- and third-order susceptibilities, Raman effect. (1,5 credits)

MASE 503 Thermodynamics & Kinetics

Classical thermodynamics: enthalpy, entropy, free energies, equilibria; introduction to statistical thermodynamics to describe the properties of materials; kinetic processes; diffusion of mass, heat, energy; fundamentals of rate processes in materials, kinetics of transformations.

MASE 504 Thermal Properties of Materials

Thermal properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites in relation to their structure & morphology; change in microstructural mechanisms and macroscopic behaviour with temperature; crystallization, melting & glass transition. (1,5 credits)

MASE 505 Mechanical Properties of Materials

Mechanical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites in relation to their structure & morphology; stress-strain behaviour; elastic deformation, yielding, plastic flow; viscoelasticity; strengthening mechanisms, fracture, fatigue, creep. (1,5 credits)

MASE 506 Synthesis, Characterization & Processing of Materials

Experimental projects in the laboratory including topics from polymer synthesis & processing, composite materials, inorganic material/ceramic processing, metal processing, optical properties, electrical & magnetic properties, interfacial properties.

MASE 510 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry

Introduction to polymers (nomenclature, tacticity, molecular weight, physical state, properties & applications); Synthesis of polymers and macromolecular structures: step growth polymerization, chain growth polymerization; polymer reactions.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of organic chemistry or Chem 307.

MASE 511 Introduction to Polymer Science

Differences between the small molecules and macromolecules, thermosets and thermoplastics, and structure-property relationships in polymers. Introduces main polymer families. Also discusses supramolecular structures, blends, composites and IPNs. Pre-requisite: Consent of the instructor.

MASE 522 Vibrational Spectroscopy

(Also CHEM 430)

Molecular symmetry, group theory, reducible and irreducible representation, character tables, introduction to vibrational spectroscopy, Raman effect, infrared absorption, selection rules, pure rotational spectroscopy, normal modes, prediction and interpretation of the vibrational spectra of polyatomic species.

MASE 530 Materials Behaviour

Materials behavior using phenomenological and microstructure-based approaches. Topics include plasticity, fracture, fatigue and micromechanics.

MASE 532 Statistical Mechanics of Polymers

Statistical mechanics of the single chain, configurational averages, polymer solution statistics and thermodynamics, dilute and concentrated polymer solutions, the bulk state of polymers, critical phenomena and phase equilibria; numerical techniques for polymeric systems.

MASE 534 Rubber Elasticity

Classical theories of rubber elasticity, elasticity of the single chain, intermolecular effects, effects of entanglements, relationships between stress and strain, swelling of networks, critical phenomena and phase transitions in gels, thermoelastic behavior of elastomers, computational aspects.

MASE 536 Multicomponent Polymeric Materials

Block and segmented copolymers, polymer blends and composites; design, preparation, properties and applications of multicomponent polymeric materials; phase separation in polymeric systems; structure-morphology-property relations in multicomponent polymers.

Prerequisite: Chem 410, Mase 510, Mase 511.

MASE 538 Intermolecular and Surface Forces

(Also CHEM 438)

Intermolecular forces which govern self-organization of biological and synthetic nanostructures. Thermodynamic aspects of strong (covalent and coulomb interactions) and weak forces (dipolar, hydrogen bonding). Self-assembling systems: micells, bilayers, and biological membranes. Computer simulations for 'hands-on' experience with nanostructures.

Prerequisite: CHEM 301 or consent of the instructor.

MASE 540 Surface & Interface Properties of Materials

(Also CHEM 440)

Fundamental physico-chemical concepts of surface and interface science; interaction forces in interfacial systems; surface thermodynamics, structure and composition, physisorption and chemisorption; fluid interfaces; colloids; amphiphilic systems; interfaces in polymeric systems & polymer composites; liquid coating processes.

MASE 542 Biomaterials

Materials for biomedical applications; synthetic polymers, metals and composite materials as biomaterials; biopolymers, dendrimers, hydrogels, polyelectrolytes, drug delivery systems, implants, tissue grafts, dental materials, ophthalmic materials, surgical materials, imaging materials.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of organic chemistry or the consent of the instructor.

MASE 544 Nanoparticle Science and Technology

Size related properties of nanoparticles; synthetic strategies, main characterization tools, challenges and solutions, surface functionalization, technological applications and current trends.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

MASE 550 Optical Spectroscopy of Materials and Devices

Absorption and emission of light, transition probabilities, lifetimes, spontaneous and radiationless transitions, natural linewidth, spectroscopic instrumentation, detection of light, lasers as spectroscopic light sources, fundamentals of lasers, nonlinear optical mixing techniques. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

MASE 570 Micro and Nanofabrication

Fabrication and characterization of MEMS & NEMS. Topics include microfabrication, microlithography; etching techniques, physical & chemical vapor deposition processes; nanofabrication, top-down approaches, electron-beam lithography, SPM techniques, soft lithography; bottom-up techniques based on self-assembly.

MASE 571 Semiconductor Processing Methods

Introduction, material properties, crystal growth, epitaxy, ion implantation, cleaning, wet etching, photolithography, non-optical lithography, plasma processing, dry etching, metal deposition, diagnostic techniques.

MASE 590 Seminar

A series of lectures given by faculty or outside speakers. Participating students must also make presentations during the semester.

Mase 595 M.S. Thesis

Independent research

TEAC 500 Teaching Experience

Provides hands-on teaching experience to graduate students in undergraduate courses. Reinforces students' understanding of basic concepts and allows them to communicate and apply their knowledge of the subject matter.

ENGL 500 Graduate Writing

This is a writing course specifically designed to improve academic writing skills as well as critical reading and thinking. The course objectives will be met through extensive reading, writing and discussion both in and out of class. Student performance will be assessed and graded by Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory


Chemical and Biological Engineering

Can Erkey; Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1989

Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials, Supercritical Fluids, Catalysis, Fuel Cells

Burak Erman; Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. Istanbul Technical University, 1974

Polymeric Solids and Liquids; Rubber Elasticity; Biopolymers

Halil Kavakli; Assoc. Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. Washington State University, 2000

Biological Clock, Photoreceptors, Starch Biosynthesis

Seda Kizilel; Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA;

Islet encapsulation via interfacial photopolymerization, Mathematical modeling of cell encapsulation by interfacial polymerization, Experimental and computational modeling of functional hydrogels, 2-D and 3-D patterning of hydrogels

Seda Keskin: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US, 2009

Design of nanoporous materials for energy applications, molecular simulations of nanomaterials


A. Levent Demirel;

Nanostructured Materials; Surface & Interface Properties

Mehmet Somer; Associate Professor, Chemistry

Ph.D Technical University of Clausthal, 1979

Binary and Ternary Nitrides of Metals and Nonmetals,BN, AlN and Si3N4 Ceramics; Nanostructured Oxides, Sulphides and Fluorides; Intermetallic Compounds

Iskender Yilgor; Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University, 1977

Polymer Synthesis, Structure-Property Relationships

H. Funda Yagci Acar; Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi, USA; 1999

Synthesis and Applications of Nanoparticles, Nanomaterials, Polymer Synthesis, Structure-Property Relations, Biomaterials

Ersin Yurtsever; Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; 1976

Stability and Thermodynamics of Nanostructures

Ugur Unal; Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Ph.D. Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan; 2004

Synthesis and Applications of Nano size inorganic materials, Functional inorganic Layered Materials, Electrochemical, Photochemical Applications of Inorganic Materials (Solar Cells, Water Splitting, Photocatalytic Applications, Nano Cells)

Ozgur Birer; Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. Princeton university, 2007

Spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, Bio-surfaces

Electrical Engineering

Hakan Urey; Professor of Electrical Engineering

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997

Microsensors and Microactuators;Nanomagnetic Materials

Mechanical Engineering

Erdem Alaca; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 2003

Micro and Nanofabrication, MEMS-based Biosensors, Materials Behaviour, Engineering Mechanics

Demircan Canadinc; Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Materials Behavior, Multi-scale Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Materials, Mechanically Active Materials, Ultra-fine Grained Materials, Biomaterials, High-Strength Steels

Ismail Lazoglu; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997

Manufacturing Automation, Process Modeling/Optimization/Monitoring/Control

Mehmet Sayar; Assistant Professor, College of Engineering

Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulation of Soft-condensed Matter, Polymer Physics, Polyelectrolytes, Liquid Crystals, Biologically Inspired Materials, Mechanics of Single Molecules

Murat Sozer; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dept.

Ph.D., University of Delaware, USA; 1995

Manufacturing of Composite Materials

Melis Serefoglu; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2009

Solidification science, Crystal growth dynamics, Multi-phase growth-front dynamics, Crystal-melt and crystal-crystal interfacial phenomena, Phase transformations, Effect of anisotropy on pattern formation


Tekin Dereli: Professor of Physics

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University, 1976

Geometrical Dynamics of Nanotubes

Alper Kiraz; Associate Professor of Physics

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002

Nano-Optics, Single Molecule Microscopy

Ozgur Mustecaplioglu; Professor of Physics

Ph.D. Bilkent University, 1999

Optical Properties of Semiconductors

Alphan Sennaroglu; Professor of Physics and Electrical-Electronics Engineering

Ph.D. Cornell University, 1994

Photonic and solid-state materials, Spectroscopy, Femtosecond Optics

Ali Serpenguzel; Professor of Physics

Ph.D. Yale University

Optoelectronic Materials and Microphotonic Devices

Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis MSc Programs)

  • Personal and Educational Background Information (CV)
  • Recommendation Letters (2 for MSc, 3 for Ph.D) (3 for MS in Molecular Biology and Genetics)
  • (Recommendation Letters for Electrical and Electronics Engineering should be sent directly from referee with signature through e-mail. )
  • TOEFL , IELTS or UDS&KPDS Requirement (for those whose native language is not English)
  • New Internet Based: Minimum Score 80
  • Computer Based: Minimum Score 213
  • Paper Based: Minimum Score 550
  • IELTS: Minimum Score 6,5
  • UDS / KPDS / YDS: 87
  • ALES scores (required for all Turkish nationals)
  • GRE scores (required from Foreign students; optional for Turkish students)
  • Official transcripts from all the universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Areas of Interest

Work Experience for Materials Science and Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis MSc Programs)

No work experience is required.

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