Materials Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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. The Materials Engineering programme is delivered by KU Leuven.


The Master of Science in Materials Engineering at KU 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).

As an academic programme, the Master of Materials Engineering focuses on teaching the knowledgeable application of generic principles to a broad gamut of materials challenges rather than on transferring encyclopaedic knowledge on specific material families. The programme builds on the basics of engineering science: physics, mathematics, chemistry and mechanics. It is also assumed that the student has already covered the fundamental courses in the materials engineering curriculum (structures, microstructures, mechanical behaviour of materials, transport phenomena, thermodynamics and kinetics) prior to starting the Master's programme.

The economic and societal context is considered both in engineering and in general interest courses. In particular, scarcity, sustainable materials management in closed materials loops, life cycle analysis and recycling processes are broadly covered in both research and teaching. Finally, the programme aims at conveying the social, communication and leadership skills required on an engineering work floor.

The ideal prospective student should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in materials science and engineering or in industrial sectors dealing with materials. He/she should hold a basic three- or four-year Bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or one of physical or chemical sciences.

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

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Metal Processing & Case Studies
  • Metals: Production and Recycling
  • Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy
  • Materials Modelling and Simulation Techniques
  • Materials Characterisation Techniques 
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Materials in Service
  • Materials Physics and Technology for Nanoelectronics
  • Design and Analysis of Experimentation
  • Project Work and Problem Solving linked to the Core Courses: Part I
  • Project Work and Problem Solving Linked to the Core Courses: Part II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Materials Engineering you must have obtained an academic bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering or a bachelor or master in physical or chemical sciences with some focus on materials

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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