MSc Materials Science Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering is an interdisciplinary study focusing on the relationship between structures and behaviour of materials (science) and the design of these structures to produce predefined properties for specific applications (engineering). Students consider materials over a wide range of length and time scales, from the behaviour of collections of individual atoms through to macroscopic structural and functional properties and from raw material processing through materials production and application to failure and recycling.  

Introduction week

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Information concerning the introduction week programme will be sent 1-2 weeks before the start of the academic year.

The introduction week for the Materials Science and Engineering masters programme will take place in the first week of the academic year.  

The introduction is obligatory and will include:

  • An introduction to the department and research focus
  • An explanation of the curriculum
  • An introduction to the staff
  • A safety briefing
  • A laboratory tour
  • Excursions and industrial visits

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Start studiejaar / Start Academic year

2 September 2019

First Year

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).

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.

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

Metals Science and Technology (MST)

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.

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

Materials for Sustainable Development (MSD)

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.

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

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). 

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Department MSE

Second Year

  • Obligatory / elective specialisation courses (20 EC) or Internship (15 EC) + obligatory / elective specialisation courses (5 EC)
  • Master thesis project (40 EC)

Students can choose their master thesis project from those proposed within the department, those proposed by other departments, other faculties, other universities or from projects offered by industrial collaborators. 

Recent projects include: 

  • Investigating palettes used in the painting of Rembrandt’s Man with the red beret using X-ray fluorescence scanning and t-distributed stochastic neighbour embedding
  • Passivating Electron Contact Based on a Silicon Oxide Layer for Heterojunction Solar Cells
  • Dislocation networks in precipitation hardened aluminium alloys during plastic deformation. The effects of dislocations on the anelastic behaviour and the evolution of dislocation networks in an AA7075 aluminium alloy.
  • Low cost inkjet fabrication of glucose electrochemical sensors based on copper oxide
  • Density determination of tropical hardwoods with the Resistograph
  • Reheating Quenching and Partitioning Microstructures to Modify Phase Fractions
  • Tungsten Recrystallization Behaviour under Steady and Transient Hydrogen Plasma Loading
  • WAAM Martensitic Stainless Steel: Process Optimization & Resulting Weld Geometrical Characterization  

Master Assignments

Get inspired by looking at some of the research of the department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research - department MSE

Additional information

Contact information

 Students are encouraged to join the student association “Het Gezelschap Tubalkaïn”, which organises visits and events for students and represents their interests in the education programme and management of the department.

Prof. dr. Ian Richardson