MSc programme

In the first year a core programme of 41 EC offers a firm grounding in Materials Science. Subsequently students choose a specialisation (39 EC), which is a consistent set of courses focussing on a particular topic. This can be either one of four predefined specialisations, which may also include an internship, or students can choose to compose their own specialisation. Finally students undertake a literature study and an independent scientific investigation leading to a Master’s thesis (40 EC). Examples of research subjects for this graduation project are:

  • Welding aluminium alloys without causing residual stresses or distortion;
  • Thermal stability of retained austenite in Quenching & Partitioning steels;
  • Circular Economy of Mechanical Recycled Post-Consumer PP;
  • The effects of atom pinning on hardness in molecular dynamics simulations;
  • Water encapsulation to initiate self-healing in cementitious materials.


1st semester 2nd semester
Structure and Properties of Materials (8 EC) Functional Ceramics (3 EC)
Characterisation of Materials (6 EC) Computational Materials Science (3 EC)
Ethics & Engineering (3 EC) Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (4 EC)
Society’s needs: Case Studies and Materials Challenges (3 EC) Processing of Materials (3 EC)
Metals Science (4 EC) Obligatory / elective specialisation courses (19 EC)
Polymer Science (4 EC)
Obligatory / elective specialisation courses (20 EC) or Internship (15 EC) Obligatory / elective specialisation courses (5 EC) Master thesis project (40 EC)

1 EC = 28 hrs study, according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Total amount of credits MSc Materials Science and Engineering programme = 120 EC


Coordinator MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Ian Richardson
T: +31(0)15 278 5086

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