Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently.
Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes and services. They carry out these activities based on an in-depth understanding of materials processing, the structure of materials and materials properties and the intricate interrelationships between them.
The materials engineering programme offers ample opportunity to develop strong analytical skills and problem solving abilities, for example through the incorporation of case studies and mini-projects that familiarise the student with the development, processing, characterisation and evaluation of the most important material families. Moreover, practical experience will be gained in advanced material characterisation and evaluation as well as modelling techniques. In the Master's thesis, the student will apply his/her knowledge to a research topic of choice. These topics are usually embedded in a cutting-edge research project in co-operation with other institutions and industrial companies.
The programme offers four options:
On top of these you can choose out of 3 Professional Profiles:
These Professional Profiles can help students to orient themselves to their future professional careers.
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The programme prepares students to become academic engineers with the acquired knowledge to understand and engineer the complex relations between production, structure, properties, and applications of materials. In this way they can assume a prominent role in the development, production, design and application of traditional as well as advanced materials. Aspects of safety and environment of the production and use of materials are also taken into consideration.
At the end of the programme, it is expected that the student has fundamental scientific knowledge in the field of physics, chemistry and mathematics and is able to translate this knowledge into useful applications. The student will also have a prominent knowledge of design methodologies and skills. The student will have developed a strong analytical and problem solving attitude and will be equipped to conduct fundamental as well as applied scientific research. The student will be capable of transferring technological knowledge aided by his/her communication capacities and supported with insights in ethical, social and economic problems. The student can easily acquire new insights, methodologies and results within his own discipline and apply these in a research or industrial environment. Finally the student will be able to assume the role of the engineer in society in a critical way and will have developed an overall quality reflex.
Graduates of the Materials Engineering programme will also obtain the following specific competencies:
Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:
Except for native speakers, students should present proof of a test of English proficiency: Grade Point Average 75 % + TOEFL paper test (550) or computer test (213) or iBT (92).
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
The University of Leuven is a modern university, located within the vibrant city of Leuven in the centre of Belgium and close to Brussels, the centre of Europe.