MSc program

Master Materials Science and Engineering

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.

As of September 2016 the MSE department offers a completely revised MSc programme on Materials Science and Engineering. This revision enables students from a broad range of different bachelor degrees to enter the programme and also allows them to tailor the programme to their own interests.

The first year of the MSc Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) contains a core programme (41 EC) which offers a firm grounding in Materials Science. Students entering the MSE programme should make sure they identify possible topics which, considering their background, require additional effort and make sure they pay sufficient attention to them.
In December of the first year students choose a specialization (39 EC), which is a consistent set of obligatory and elective courses focussed on a particular topic starting in the 3rd quarter. This specialization can be one of five predefined specializations and may also include an internship:

•    Materials in Engineering Applications (MEA)
The focus is on the usage of materials in applications and structures by paying attention to processing, joining, selection and failure of materials. An obligatory internship is part of this specialization.

•    Metals Science and Technology (MST)
Attention is paid to the design and performance of metallic microstructures by considering aspects like phase transformations, strengthening mechanisms and processing and by studying computational materials science and corrosion science.

•    Materials for Sustainable Development (MSD)
The emphasis is on materials engineering in the context of sustainable resources (materials and energy) and environmental impact. Concepts such as clean energy technologies, high temperature performance and recycling of materials are discussed.

•    Advanced Construction Materials: Roads & Buildings (ACM)
This specialization focuses on civil engineering and infrastructure industries and allows materials science MSc students to study modelling and experimental aspects of advanced construction materials in depth.

Finally students undertake a literature study and an independent scientific investigation leading to a Master’s thesis (40 EC).