Master's Programme in Additive Manufacturing

Academic year 2021/2022

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Construct a brighter and more efficient future - layer by layer. As a Master's student in Additive Manufacturing, you will learn to create complex physical objects through 3D-printing and computer-assisted design processes in materials ranging from amorphous metals to biocompatible materials. Become a part of the initiative that gather research and education in the field of additive manufacturing at the University's Ångström Laboratory, one of Europe's most advanced functional materials laboratories.

Additive manufacturing is a rapidly expanding field of technology that has developed from the simple application of 3D printers into an entirely new way of designing and manufacturing objects, paving the way for new and unexplored possibilities. Along with the Internet of Things and Big Data, additive manufacturing is considered one of the cornerstones of the coming industrial revolution, Industry 4.0.

Additive manufacturing uses 3D printers and other tools to create a physical object one layer at a time based on a computer-assisted design model. It is possible to make prototypes and develop products in a very short space of time. Materials that cannot be manufactured using conventional technology can be printed and components can be made lighter and more durable, which can also have a major impact on the carbon footprint of products.

Additive manufacturing is currently used for producing mechanical components and tools, medical and surgical implants, and in models that facilitate surgical planning, to name but a few important applications.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Additive Manufacturing at Uppsala University will provide you with a robust theoretical understanding of additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes, and the practical skills to apply such methods to solve real-life problems. These skills are highly sought-after in multiple large industries, and the field enjoys a strong projected labour market in the private sector. During the study programme, you will work on projects with various companies and have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a field of technology that has developed from simple 3D-printing into a key area of technology for the manufacturing industry of the future. Alongside the Internet of Things and Big Data, additive manufacturing is considered one of the cornerstones of the future Industry 4.0.

In additive manufacturing, 3D printers and other tools are used to create a physical object layer by layer from a computer-aided design model. Today, additive manufacturing is used in industrial manufacture, medical and surgical implants, fashion and the cultural heritage sector, to name just a few prominent applications.

As the programme has strong ties to current research in the field, with many of the lecturers in the programme being active researchers, you will also be positioned at the forefront of the field's development. The new investment in additive manufacturing at Uppsala University gathers researchers working on the development of printable materials, equipment and new industrial possibilities and applications. During your studies you will have the opportunity to use equipment that are used in both research and industrial production.

Student profile
You are someone with not only a theoretical foundation in materials engineering, materials chemistry and/or mechanical engineering, but also curiosity about how additive manufacturing methods can be utilised to solve a variety of real-life problems.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Materials Engineering as the main field of study.


The programme is intended for several different student groups, and as such, you will initially be given opportunities to reinforce your basic knowledge. Metallurgy, polymer engineering and solid mechanics are such subjects where basic courses are offered in the early parts of the programme.

The subject material progresses from metallurgy to powder manufacture to printing metal to alloy design. Similarly, the coursework will see you delve into subjects spanning polymer chemistry to printing polymeric materials and more in the concluding elective special courses. In regards to structural design, the programme includes courses on solid mechanics and generative design.

Your practical skill in printing various materials and your ability to work as part of a group will be gradually improved over the course of the programme. The first part of the second year will include a project course with special focus on working as a group and interacting and reporting in an industrial environment, which will prepare you not only for the concluding degree project that is to be conducted in the final semester, but also for your future career.

Courses within the programme

See complete outline of the programme.

Learning experience

The teaching consists of lectures, practical assignments, seminars, and projects.

On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding e.g. a course book or other study material that you are required to read or write before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills.

Some parts of the programme contain project work in small groups. You will need to complete the work together with your classmates outside the classroom. This way, you learn from each other and you train to be a team player.

Both the capabilities to work in teams and think critically will make you standout in your professional development.

As a student in the programme, you are expected to participate and actively contribute to teaching sessions while also assuming responsibility for their own learning. A large part of the programme is spent studying on your own or in a study group outside the classroom, and as such, it is important that you take a proactive role in structuring your own studies.

The language of instruction is English.


During the programme, except gaining the theoretical knowledge, you will have the opportunities to apply the knowledge in practice. The programme will also train your soft capabilities such as group work and critical thinking. All these will make you well prepared and competitive in the labour market after your graduation.

The Swedish manufacturing industry predicts a large demand for candidates with additive manufacturing qualifications. As part of the programme, students will establish relationships with various companies, and in return, those companies will have access to highly employable candidates. Europe also has a strong labour market, with many companies looking to hire candidates with skills in AM.

You also have the option of staying in academia and pursuing a PhD degree, either at Uppsala University, where research on and involving AM can be found in the engineering sciences, chemistry, physics and medicine, or at other Swedish and foreign universities

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.

Master's Programme in Additive Manufacturing

120 credits

Autumn 2021, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 15 January 2021

Application code: UU-M1445 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 60 credits in materials science, materials engineering, materials physics and/or materials chemistry, or 60 credits mechanical engineering in combination with 10 credits of materials science, materials engineering, materials physics and/or materials chemistry;
  • 15 credits in mathematics including linear algebra and calculus; ;
  • 5 credits statistics;
  • 5 credits mechanics;
  • practical experience of laboratory work and ability to use computer-based calculation tools, such as MATLAB, CAD (such as SolidWorks) or FEM (such as COMSOL).
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290,000

Contact and further resources


For programme-specific information, please contact: Programme Director Urban Wiklund

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Material Science and Engineering

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

SE-752 37 Uppsala, Sweden

+46 18 471 31 48