M.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13650 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Delft University of Technology | Delft, Netherlands
If asphalt could be designed so that it repaired itself, all that inconvenience and congestion that results from road repair would be a thing of the past. And if lighter materials could replace the current metals in auto bodies at an affordable price, far less fuel would be required to get from point A to point B. Those challenges are the sort that materials engineers and materials scientists confront every day in their work.

Description of Materials Science and Engineering


Materials Science & Engineering is concerned with the development of materials that meet and exceed performance expectations for specific functions. It is also concerned with the manufacturing processes that convert basic materials into final engineered products and with the design of innovative new materials for the continuously evolving needs of society.

What you will learnThe MSc Programme in Materials Science & Engineering combines studies of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials with the training in production techniques and the selection of appropriate materials for a wide range of applications. In the programme, you will gain an understanding of the behaviour of materials under different conditions and learn how to assess their suitability in products and industrial processes. You will study the design of new material properties at nano and micro levels to suit applications on a macro scale. The programme focuses in particular on the design of new materials, including, for example, self-healing materials.

Theoretical and appliedCovering subjects from atoms to applications and from design to disposal, the Materials Science & Engineering programme is well-suited to meet the expectations of students with a more theoretical background and those with backgrounds in applied science or engineering.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13650 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

In the first year generic courses offer a firm grounding in Materials Science. The second year starts with one of four specialisations, chosen by the student, after which students undertake a literature study and an independent scientific investigation leading to a thesis.

Potential research subjects for the graduation project include: laser-plasma welding, computer simulation of friction adhesion, new nano-structured ultra-hard coatings, design of X-ray equipment for use on Mars, and hydrogen storage for energy applications.

Courses include:

  • Society’s needs: Case Studies and Materials Challenges
  • Materials for Highly Loaded Structures
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Materials for Measurement and Control Devices
  • Materials for Light Weight Constructions
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Thermodynamics & Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics & Kinetics
  • Ethics & Engineering
  • Polymer Science
  • Metals Science

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering

International applicants from non-Dutch universities may be admitted if they possess a BSc degree in an appropriate scientific or engineering subject.

Upon entry, students are expected to be familiar with the essentials of:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat and mass transport phenomena

Previous courses in materials science are desirable, but not essential, since the first semester is especially designed to offer each student a personalised programme to overcome possible knowledge gaps.

BSc degrees potentially suitable for entry into this MSc programme include:

  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Marine Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering

Students holding one of the above degrees issued by a university of the IDEA League are automatically admitted. All other students are selected on an individual basis by the Board of Examiners.

Work Experience for Materials Science and Engineering

No work experience is required.

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