M.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12916 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Delft University of Technology | Delft, Netherlands
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Description of Materials Science and Engineering

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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 are confronted with every day in their work.

Materially important

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 learn

In the MSc Programme in Materials Science & Engineering you will study the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials and learn about production techniques and the selection of appropriate materials for a wide range of applications. The behaviour of materials under different conditions will be examined and you will 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 applied

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

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 1 (EU and Non EU)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12916 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1835 Year (EEA)

Tuition fees 2013/2014: EU: 1.835,- (app.) Non-EU: 12.916,- Apart from the tuition fees, the cost of living and studying in Delft is estimated to be 850,- to 1.100,- per month. This includes such things as food, accommodation, transport, books, compulsory health insurance, social life expenses and study trip costs.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Specialisations

The master's programme Materials Science and Technology offers four specialisations:

Metals Science and Technology (MST)

This specialisation focusses on design, characterisation, engineering, production and performance of metallic microstructures to meet the challenges of our future.

The principal subject areas within this profile include:

  1. Production and processing of metals
  2. Properties of materials and their microstructure
  3. Performance of metals

Advanced Functional Polymers (AFP)

The specialisation Advanced Functional Polymers educates students to design, characterise and process functional polymer materials for optical, electronic and high-performance mechanical applications.

The primary topics covered include:

  1. Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis
  2. Polymer Physics/Characterisation
  3. Polymer Engineering/Processing

Materials for Energy and Environmental Impact (MEE)

The generation and storage of energy is of paramount importance in today's world. It affects the structure and nature of modern society and has an increasing impact on our environment. In turn, energy generation and storage is critically dependent on the availability of materials with appropriate properties.

This specialisation focusses on the use of materials in different energy systems, including consideration of the production and disposal of materials, as well as wider aspects of sustainable technologies.

Advanced Construction Materials: Roads & Buildings (ACM)

With the rapid development in the construction and infrastructure industry, an increasing number of highly educated people specialised on construction materials are needed, both in the construction industry and in education institutes.

In this specialisation students study modelling and experimental aspects of advanced construction materials in more depth.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering

What is required to be considered for admission to an MSc programme? Please note: if you do not meet all the formal requirements, it is no use applying.

1)A. A good university Bachelor's degree in a main subject closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.
orB. A proof that you have nearly completed a Bachelor's programme in a main subject which is closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.

Exceptions: Management of Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis and Science Education & Communication, to which all students holding any Bachelors of technology or science / engineering degree may be admitted.

2)A Bachelor's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum, unless specific requirements are defined for the country in which you obtained your Bachelors degree:

  • Countries A - H
  • Countries I - P
  • Countries Q - Z

Please note: if you have not graduated yet your CGPA must meet the requirements at the time of application.

3)Proof of English language proficiency

Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who obtained a bachelors degree in one of the mentioned countries, are also exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.

Certificates older than two years are not accepted. As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.

It is allowed to send us a copy of your test results, please check the application documents for detailed information.

  • For EU/EFTA nationals, the English language certificate may be submitted until 1 July provided that all other required hard copy documents are received before the application deadline of 1 April.
  • Nationals of the Peoples Republic of China only: for visa purposes you need a Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

4)A clear and relevant essay in English (1,000 - 2,000 words) addressing the following:Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.

    • Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
    • Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
    • Why you are interested in TU Delft and what you expect to find here
    • If there are optional specialisations in the Masters programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
    • Describe your hypothetical thesis project; what kind of a projectwould you prefer if you were free to make a choice? Also briefly explain what you would want to explore in your thesis project. Provide a maximum of three hypothetical thesis topics and elaborate on your particular interests in them.
    • A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment (to be) done for your Bachelors programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.

5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:

  1. one from from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated.
  2. one from your employer, if you already have work experience.

If you have not yet graduated or do not have work experience, you need to provide two letters from professors or assistant professors from the faculty at which you are studying.

6)An extensive résumé (curriculum vitae) written in English.

7)Proof of identity

8)Please note:Applicants for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences, Design for Interaction, Integrated Product Design and Strategic Product Design are required to upload a digital portfolio. Please note that only uploaded portfolios will be processed. The programme specific portfolio requirements are described on the following pages:

  • portfolio requirements for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences (and its five tracks)
  • portfolio requirements for Design for Interaction
  • portfolio requirements for Integrated Product Design
  • Portfolio requirements for Strategic Product Design

Work Experience for Materials Science and Engineering

No work experience is required.

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