Master's Programme in Materials Science 2021/2022

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Materials science is the basis for innovations and achievements in many areas, from medicine, technology, to society. Today's challenges in the energy sector and in the supply of raw materials pose increased needs for development of materials and technologies from a sustainability perspective. The Master's Programme in Materials Science prepares you to become a materials scientist of the future with a broad and cutting-edge knowledge of the role of materials science in society as well as the structure and properties of materials.

Why this programme?

Studying in the Master's Programme in Materials Science means that you get to delve into how materials are built from scratch, what properties they have, how they are used, and how you design, modify and manufacture materials in different research labs. In many courses, you will have teachers with both physics and chemistry backgrounds, which gives you the best conditions to get the interdisciplinary foundation required to succeed as a materials scientist. Unique to the programme are the two project courses, which will give you the opportunity to connect with top researchers in the part of materials science that interests you.

A Master's degree in materials science from Uppsala University gives you competitive advantages both in Sweden and internationally. This is not least thanks to the close connection to our excellent and world-leading research. You are given the opportunity to acquire a personal network of contacts beneficial for your career development. Through joint interdisciplinary courses, you are given the opportunity to participate in the daily activities of research groups. You will participate in group meetings, seminars and other activities, not least to conduct world-class research, all with the intention of preparing you for your continued career as a materials scientist.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as the Department of Chemistry at Uppsala University have world-leading research in materials science and host interdisciplinary and research-oriented education in materials science. The Master's studies are located at the Ångström Laboratory, which is one of Europe's most advanced laboratories for materials science.

Uppsala University is an internationally highly ranked University and had eight Nobel laureates, two of whom are chemists and two are physicists. Our research in materials science is also centred around the Ångström Laboratory.

Materials researchers at Uppsala University are also active in both national and international large-scale research such as MAX IV and supercomputer centres administered via the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing. This gives you exceptional opportunities to conduct world-class materials research.


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


In the first semester, you will mainly gain a broad knowledge in materials science from an interdisciplinary perspective. It prepares you for the more specialised courses you will take later in the programme. You will have a good theoretical and practical basis for further studies. There will be interdisciplinary project courses and you will get an opportunity to make contacts with leading research groups in materials science.

After the first semester, you can choose one of the following specialisations according to your ​​interest and career plan:

  • Quantum material - mainly suitable for students with physics background
  • Energy-relevant materials - suitable for students with either physics, chemistry or material background
  • Soft materials - mainly suitable for students with a chemistry background
Within the specialisations, it is possible to carry out in-depth study of each discipline, while the interdisciplinary aspect of materials science is strongly emphasised. The interdisciplinary aspect is mainly emphasised in the second compulsory project course. It is one additional chance for you to establish contacts with leading research groups in materials science.

The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits in each specialisation and it usually takes the entire last semester.

Courses within the programme

See the outline for courses within the programme.

Learning experience

The courses alternate theory and practice and the teaching takes place in the form of lectures, laboratory work, lessons, seminars and interdisciplinary projects.

The teachers in the programme are active researchers in materials science, which guarantees timeliness and depth of your education. We put great importance to train you in a scientific way of working, where you can solve problems, think critically and analytically, and independently plan and design research projects. In this process, analysis and interpretation of the results are an important part.

You will receive systematic communication training in both oral and written presentation as an integral part of the education. This is in high demand in the labour market, both in Sweden and internationally.

The programme is taught in English.


With a Master's degree in materials science from Uppsala University, you will be attractive to both national and international research groups, both within a University environment or in industry. Depending on which courses you choose, your studies will prepare you for a promising career as a researcher and specialist or as a materials expert, with a broad knowledge of materials and sustainability. The flexibility for you to tailor your studies provides you the opportunity to create a career in various areas as you want.

Materials science issues exist in most sectors. You can also choose to continue with doctoral studies, either at Uppsala University, or at other Swedish or foreign universities. After completing postgraduate education, you can choose to do further research within academia or at a company. You will also be an attractive candidate in many other roles in the labour market.

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. Read 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 Materials Science

120 credits

Autumn 2021 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2021-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1180 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 75 credits in physics or 75 credits in chemistry.

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:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


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 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources


Program responsible, Physics: Biplab Sanyal

Program responsible, Chemistry: Peter Broqvist

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

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 516, 751 20 UPPSALA

018-471 5952

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