Master's Programme in Materials Engineering

120 credits

Programme syllabus, TMT2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 7 November 2023
Registration number
TEKNAT 2023/166
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 7, 2023 to be applied as of July 1, 2024.

The Master Programme in Materials Engineering is established at Uppsala University according to a decision by the Vice-Chancellor (UFV 2019/1098).


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:

  • 70 credits in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science and/or materials engineering;
  • 20 credits in mathematics.

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 program provides substantially in-depth knowledge of applied material science and the connections between the composition, structure and properties of materials. The program offers students the knowledge and skills in materials engineering required for the development of new materials, new technologies and new types of technical systems. Important parts are process technology, technology for characterization and analysis of materials as well as strategies for material selection and development of materials for specific applications.

The program prepares for a professional activity in business or for further education at postgraduate level. After the program, the student should be able to independently be responsible for research, development and / or investigation work in the subject area.

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. 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. The students also acquire the ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.

Description of the Master Programme in Materials Engineering at Uppsala University

During the first year, courses are mainly offered at an advanced level in material analysis, thin film technology, material mechanics, microsystem technology, nanomaterials and biomaterials. The first year starts with an introduction to advanced level studies, the subject area and the program. Within the final year, courses are given that are largely linked to current research and development within and outside the academy, as well as a degree project. Sustainable development is an important topic that is dealt with in a special course, but which also permeates education. The elective courses provide the opportunity for in-depth study in three areas of application: technical materials, medical materials or materials for energy applications.

Eligibility for all courses in the program is not guaranteed by the program eligibility but may depend on the content of the bachelor's degree and the student's choice of courses in the master's program. Some of the courses are studied together with other master's programs.

The recommended courses for all profiles are balanced to suit both continuing education at the doctoral level as well as professional activities in the business world. The final independent degree project can be carried out within the university or at a company.

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 organization 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: Completed courses totalling 120 credits (two years of full-time studies). Completed courses totalling 90 credits at the second cycle (advanced level), whereof at least 60 credits within the main field of study. At the most, 30 credits is allowed to be from the first cycle. Within the main field of study a degree project of 30 credits minimum, is required.

Other directives

Admission to a later part of the programme

In order to be admitted to a later part of the programme the student must:

  • fulfil the general and specific entry requirements for the programme.
  • have 15 credits of courses relevant to the programme, at Master's (advanced) level, in addition to the Bachelor's degree.
  • have sufficient prior knowledge to be able to follow the programme at the level at which the student is admitted, which means that the student is able to study at least 15 credits from the programme outline (for the semester to which the student is admitted). The other 15 credits are specified in the individual study plan.

All points above must be satisfied, and the courses completed (modules do not count), at the latest by the deadline for supporting documentation of qualifications (see below). Students can only be admitted to a later part of a programme or a specialisation within a programme if there are available places in the programme in the semester in question.

An individual study plan for the first semester should be established by the programme study counsellor.

For studies starting the autumn semester the application period is 15th of March - 15th of April. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted no later than 1st of June (for autumn semester). For studies starting the spring semester the application period is 15th of September - 15th of October. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted not later than 1th of December (for spring semester). If the specified dates for the application deadline or completion date fall on a public holiday, the deadline is postponed to the nearest weekday. After the last application day, it is possible to submit a late application until the beginning of the semester. Late applications will be handled in the order they are received.

If the number of applicants is larger than the number of available places according to the dimensioning applicable, the selection criterion of average grade on prerequisite courses from a higher education institution (courses relevant to the programme) is used. 

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.