Materials have always been a limiting factor for innovation and ingenuity. As awareness of the finite nature of raw materials grows, it becomes increasingly important to develop new sustainable materials and technology. Uppsala University conducts world-leading research in materials engineering which, like the Master's Programme in Materials Engineering itself, takes place at the Ångström laboratory, one the most advanced laboratories for functional materials and energy in Europe.
Developing new materials with specific properties is highly important for scientific and technological progress in many areas, such as energy, construction, healthcare, medicine, transport and electronics. Materials engineering is also an important part of sustainability efforts, as many solutions in that area place exacting demands on new materials. Advanced and custom-designed materials, in turn, also place large demands on future manufacturing and recycling technology
Why this programme?
As a student in the master's programme in materials engineering, you will learn about the structure of different materials, their properties, manufacture, application and how to design, modify and produce materials for high-tech products. Materials engineering is an interdisciplinary subject, and the programme encompasses courses that span basic theory to various areas of application. You will gain broad knowledge as well as cutting-edge expertise, including critical analysis, holistic assessments, and problem solving that involves materials in different ways
The materials industry is characterised by a large focus on research. Nearly all the teachers in the programme are active researchers, which combined with access to modern experimental equipment guarantees that what you learn is cutting-edge and that you will gain a very competitive set of skills in the subject.
Student profile You are someone with not only a theoretical foundation in materials science, but also curiosity about how the development and intelligent application of materials can help 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
During the initial part of the first semester, courses will be tailored in order to ensure all students share a common foundation of knowledge, regardless of their academic background. This can be in the form of, for instance, an individually designed supplementary course in materials engineering, materials chemistry or solid mechanics.
The second part of the first semester and the second semester offer in-depth courses in materials analysis, materials mechanics, microsystem technology and nanomaterials. Furthermore, sustainable development is an important issue that will be discussed specifically in the course "Sustainable materials development", but also through the entire programme
The elective courses offer a choice of specialisation within one of three areas, or profiles. These are engineering materials, medical materials and energy materials. In the final year, the courses will be intimately tied to current research and development, both in and outside of academia.
As a student in the Master's Programme in Materials Engineering, you are expected to actively contribute to teaching sessions while also assuming responsibility for your 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 programme will include several different forms of instruction. These may be of a more theoretical nature, such as listening to lectures, going over calculations in class, and independent reading and mathematical assignments, but also more practical, such as lab sessions.
With a master's degree in materials engineering, you will be an attractive candidate to both Swedish and international industrial employers, with many different potential career paths.
Nearly all tech companies, not just materials manufacturers, have need of materials engineers. Potential employers can be found in any industry where materials play a key part, such as automotive, energy, construction, electronics, manufacturing, containers and medical industry. You can work in positions involving e.g. the production and development of materials, manufacturing and manufacturing development, materials testing, recycling processes and systems, research, innovative business development, and in an advisory role.
You can work as a researcher and specialist or materials expert with a broad skill set, for instance in positions involving implementation and holistic assessment as a project manager or coordinator, communications officer or in sales - tech firms can often make use of candidates qualified in materials in many different roles
You can also choose to pursue PhD studies, either at Uppsala University or at other Swedish or foreign universities. Upon completion of a PhD, you may choose to continue on to research inside the academy or at a company, but you will also be an attractive candidate for many positions in the labour market
Career support As part of the programme, the teachers take an active role in introducing students to the Swedish labour market, including helping you look for opportunities to do your degree project in the industrial sector
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. Read more about UU Careers.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
50 credits in materials science and/or materials engineering, including a minimum of 10 credits materials chemistry, 10 credits engineering materials and 5 credits materials physics;
25 credits mathematics.
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
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.
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