Master's Programme in Additive Manufacturing

120 credits

Programme syllabus, TAT2M

A revised version of the programme syllabus is available.
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 9 November 2020
Registration number
TEKNAT 2020/258
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Science and Technology
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Decisions and guidelines

Decision to establish the education programme

This syllabus was established by the Board of the Faculty of Science and Technology on November 09, 2020 to be applied as of July 1, 2021.

The Master Programme in Additive Manufacturing is established at Uppsala University according to a decision by the Vice-Chancellor (UFV 2019/1102).


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) is called "Masterexamen" in Swedish.

Entry requirements

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

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at


The programme teaches students the principles of additive manufacturing, and has been structured to provide theoretical knowledge and practical competence necessary to comprehend the considerations and technologies that characterise the field. The programme courses address both materials design and structural optimization and manufacturing in different materials.

A core tenet of the programme is the combination of domain-specific theoretical knowledge and practical experiences from an industrially relevant perspective, which primes students for careers within the private sector or further PhD studies.

Learning outcomes

Objectives of the Degree

The Swedish Higher Education Act

The Swedish Higher Education Act contains provisions about the higher education institutions that are accountable to the Government.

Degree of Master (120 credits) [Masterexamen]

The Higher Education Ordinance

According to the Higher Education Ordinance the Degree of Master (120 credits) has the following learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competence and skills

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Layout of the programme

Description of the programme

General description

The Master programmes in technology at Uppsala University are coherent two-year programmes with the possibility to graduate with a degree of Master of Science (60 credits) when the requirements for this degree are met. The programmes contain recommended courses of study to assure the quality of the degree, presenting students with a choice of courses closely aligned with the learning objectives of the Higher Education Ordinance. There are also designated elective courses with opportunities for specialisation through successive selections of courses. The programme ends with a degree project.

Each academic year is divided into four study periods, two during the autumn semester and two during the spring semester.

Second-cycle courses involve a considerable amount of independent work and responsibility for one's own learning. This results in increased depth and complexity within the main field of study. It also leads to students acquiring the ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.

Description of the Master Programme in Additive manufacturing at Uppsala University

This Master programme is designed to train students in different aspects of additive manufacturing of metal, polymer and ceramic materials. Building on fundamental courses in in materials science and mechanical engineering, the programme is characterized by aspects of materials science and materials chemistry that are specific to additive manufacturing. Raw material production, structural optimization and post processing are also important parts of the programme. The programme aims at a theoretical understanding in parallel with practical skills in regards to the techniques characterizing the field. During the second year, elective courses are offered to allow for specialization within additive manufacturing.

The programme courses

Study plan

The following in-depth levels are used for the courses in the study plan:

G1N first cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements

G1F first cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

G1E first cycle, contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma

G2F first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

G2E first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

A1N second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

A1F second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

A1E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)

A2E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

GXX first cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

AXX second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

The main field of study

The Main Field of Materials Engineering combines theoretical knowledge of the field with competence to develop new materials, new technology, and new kinds of technical systems that relate to the main field.

A course can and should be classified as belonging to the main field of Materials engineering if mostly dealing with at least one of the following areas:

  • Methods for the development, construction, commissioning, validation, use or maintenance of physical systems, based on materials engineering, of practical use to improve the living conditions of mankind, or equivalent for components of such systems. The components need not be physical, but can take the form of e.g. computer models.
  • Methods for the efficient organisation of processes involved in the implementation of the operations stated above. Examples of courses within this category are quality engineering, production management, and technology-based business development.

Degree project

Common guidelines and instructions for degree projects apply to all programmes in technology at Uppsala University. Forms and instructions for students are available on the Faculty website


In order to be entitled to a Master's degree, you have to hold a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish "Kandidatexamen", from an internationally recognised university.

Master's degree, 120 credits (Master of Science)

In order to be entitle to a Master of Science (120 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Finished courses at the second cycle totalling 120 credits (two years of full time studies). Of the courses included 30 credits maximum is allowed to be at first cycle. However, courses already included in the underlying first cycle degree (i.e. Bachelor's degree) can not be included. In addition to this, a main field of study of at least 60 credits at second cycle, including a degree project of 30 credits minimum, is required.

Other directives

Admission to a later part of the programme

Admission to a later part of a Master programme in technology normally requires at least 15 credits from relevant second-cycle courses, in addition to a Bachelor's degree, having been approved by the time of application. Application to a later part of the programme should be submitted no later than May 1 for the autumn semester and no later than December 1 for the spring semester.

Grading system and assessment

The form of assessment and the grading system are shown in the course syllabus. Information about exam registrations are available at the virtual learning environment (this does not apply to exams at other higher education institutions than Uppsala University).

For more regulations see "Guidelines on working conditions for first- and second-cycle students at Uppsala University" as of 2017-07-01.

Inclusion of course credits towards a Master of Science degree

Some courses may not be included in the same degree, due to content overlap. The course content is shown in each course syllabus and the Graduation Office decides which courses may be included in the degree.