University of Leuven

Materials Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    6000
    Tuition (Year)
    890
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Master of Science in Materials Engineering from University of Leuven aims at educating engineers who will be able to design new materials and/or processes to manufacture them, and who can make sustainable choices in materials selection problems, both in industrial and academic environment.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Master of Science in Materials Engineering from University of Leuven aims at educating engineers who will be able to design new materials and/or processes to manufacture them, and who can make sustainable choices in materials selection problems, both in industrial and academic environment. These capabilities will be based on a thorough understanding and sovereign use of the relationships between the internal structure (crystal structure, microstructure, architecture#) of materials, their properties (mechanical, electrical, chemical#) and their processing (the materials triangle).
Spotlight

  • The hosting Department of Materials Engineering (MTM) is a world player in production, characterization, modelling and development of new materials to solve materials challenges in sectors such as transport, energy or health. MTM has close ties with industrial partners through a broad variety of national and international projects which is reflected in the program through plant visits, practical exercises, internships and the master thesis topics.
  • Thanks to the diversity of the research profile of the host department MTM, the programme is able to cover a broad gamut of materials families and applications. Concerning structural materials, MTM is one of the few materials departments where both metals and composites are strongly represented in both research and teaching. Concerning functional materials, the close links with IMEC and KU Leuven's biomedical group position the programme in addressing upcoming application domains.
  • Scarcity, closed materials loops ('cradle to cradle') and recycling processes are core research topics and are taught in several engineering courses as well as in a dedicated core course on Sustainable Materials Management. The efforts in this domain have recently been rewarded with the grant of an EIT-KIC 'Raw Materials'.
  • 4At MTM, students in classes, exercises and practical sessions meet fellow-students, assistants (68% non-Belgian) , lecturers (26% non-Belgian) from all over the world. In terms of outgoing mobility, participation in the Erasmus+ programme is encouraged for the Belgian students. The concentration of core courses in the first Master year has considerably simplified Erasmus exchanges.
  • 5In terms of gender, Materials Engineering is doing pretty well among the engineering disciplines: in the Dutch-language programme, 21% of the students are female, in the English-language programme 41% and among the incoming Erasmus students 37%.
  • In the most recent edition of the British SQ World University Rankings, KU Leuven's Master's programme in Materials Engineering was ranked among the top 50 worldwide in its discipline.
Career perspectives

Graduates have access to a wide range of engineering sectors. Prominent technical industries such as the automotive, aerospace, energy, microelectronics, and chemical industries and emerging sectors such as nanotechnology, biomaterials and recycling are keen to hire qualified and talented materials engineers. Materials engineers are also well suited for functions as process engineers, materials or product developers, design specialists, quality control engineers or consultants. Graduates with an interest in research can apply for an R&D position or start a PhD. Several alumni have also gone on to start their own companies.

Programme Structure

The structure of the program consists of a core of 60 credits, four options of 12 credits, three fixed elective packages of 12 credits, engineering and general interest electives of 12 credits and the Master's thesis of 24 credits. The four options focus on materials families or on application domains: Metals and Ceramics, Polymers and Composites, Materials for Nanotechnology, and Materials for Biomedical Applications. The three fixed elective packages have been designed to help the students in imagining themselves in their future professional environment and thus in developing a career profile: research, production and management. The two latter packages include industrial internships.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Academic Requirements

Direct access:

  • Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen, major subject materiaalkunde
  • Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen, major subject elektrotechniek / geotechniek en mijnbouw / werktuigkunde / chemische technologie, with subprogramme materiaalkunde

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (or equivalent diploma)

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).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6000 International
  • EUR 890 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarship and funding opportunities

EU

INCOMING

  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund

NON - EU

INCOMING

  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
  • FWO Research Funding
  • Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
  • Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
  • Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries (Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger - Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda - Vietnam)
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • Latin America Fund
  • EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
  • EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
  • EU-ASEM
  • EU-SARC (South Asia)
  • EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
  • EU - Central Asia
  • EU - ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)EU - Central Asia

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