MSc in Material Science and Engineering


Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (M.Sc. in MSEN) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of materials science and engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. degree gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of MSEN and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research.

Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.


The M.Sc. in MSEN Program Goals (objectives) aims to produce graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following goals:

  1.  An ability to identify and address current and future needs in various aspects of materials and devices (both active and passive) for all sorts of applications towards a sustainable and improved human well-being.
  2. An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement innovations and solutions to problems and challenges that involve materials and their properties and applications.
  3. An understanding of the potential impact of materials based technologies and innovations on the social, economic, environmental aspects.
  4. An understanding of the value of the intellectual approach, technical scholarship, service to society, leadership, best practice, and life-long learning.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the M.Sc. in MSEN, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex materials and devices problems.
  2. Successfully apply advanced concepts of materials engineering to the analysis, design, and development of materials, devices, systems, and processes to meet the desired needs of society professionally and ethically.
  3. Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments in the area of materials and/or devices and to analyze and interpret data.
  4. Be continuously aware of contemporary issues and research opportunities/challenges in the field of materials engineering as related to energy and sustainability and engage in life-long learning in the field and in the fundamentals of other related disciplines.
  5. Use advanced materials characterization techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools.
  6. Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

In addition to the above, students choosing the concentration in Space Systems and Technology are also expected to attain the following concentration-specific outcomes:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the aspects of space systems design and analysis.
  • Design and build a small-satellite as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Overall structure and requirements

The M.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering (MSEN) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Technical Elective courses, and 12 credits of MSEN Master’s Thesis work. Technical electives are selected from a specified list and any electives from outside the program require prior approval by the Program Chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Students should register for a minimum of 12 thesis credit hours. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in MSEN degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in MSEN program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in MSEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements

M.Sc. Course Requirements Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
Seminar in Research Methods 0
 M.Sc. Thesis 12
Total 36

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score.
  • A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.
Last updated May 2020

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