MSc in Materials Science and Engineering


Program Description

MSc in Materials Science and Engineering

Location: Abu Dhabi

Materials Science and Engineering is an important and evolving discipline that involves synthesis, characterization, processing, and fabrication of advanced materials and their applications. It encompasses the spectrum of materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, composites, and biomaterials.

As the need for lighter, smaller and smarter materials and devices grows, significant advancement in technology is increasingly relying on materials scientists and engineers to design and develop new materials and devices, powerful characterization techniques and novel processing and fabrication technologies.

The mission of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Masdar Institute is to provide a regional and global center of excellence for materials education and research that promotes the outstanding graduate education and research needed to achieve the next generation of engineering advancements. The program provides students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and training necessary for successful careers in industrial or academic roles that are focused on alternative energy and sustainable technologies. Graduates of the Materials Science and Engineering Program will be well prepared to work collaboratively, conduct independent and multidisciplinary research, communicate effectively and recognize their role in solving global challenges while promoting sustainable engineering practices.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex materials and devices problems.
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of materials engineering to the analysis, design, and development of materials, devices, systems, and processes to meet desired needs of society professionally and ethically.
  • Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments in the area of materials and/or devices and to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • Use advanced materials characterization techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


Materials Science and Engineering research at Masdar Institute concentrates on designing, engineering, characterizing, processing and fabricating the next generation of materials that will be required for advancing the development of alternative energy and sustainable technologies. Research involves theoretical, experimental and numerical aspects and involves fundamental materials research in thin films, photovoltaic materials, thermoelectric materials, polymers, lightweight alloys and functional materials as well as advanced characterization, testing, processing and fabricating methods.

The relationship between the fabrication and processing conditions, the resulting materials properties and the ultimate device and/or applications will be emphasized. Examples of ongoing Materials Science and Engineering research activities at Masdar Institute are as follows:

  • High-performance thin-film photovoltaic cells
  • Hybrid solar thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion
  • Novel concepts for processing and fabrication of proton exchange membrane fuel cell components
  • Sustainable manufacturing of lightweight alloys for automotive and aerospace applications
  • Thin-film technology for advanced functional materials


All students for all programs are required to take four core program courses. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of advisor
  • One university core course – Sustainable Energy
  • 24 credits of thesis work (3 for 1st year Fall; 3 for 1st year Spring; 6 for Summer; 6 for 2nd year Fall; 6 for 2nd year Spring)

Entry requirements

  • A relevant undergraduate degree - undergraduate degrees must be in the fields of science, engineering or information technology
  • CGPA - The minimum required for consideration for admissions is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • GRE scores - The minimum score required on the GRE Quantitative is 700 (or 155 on the new scale). There is no cut-off score for the Verbal and Analytical but these scores are also important and evaluated. The GRE exam cannot be waived.
  • TOEFL (or academic IELTS) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 91 (Internet-based) on the international TOEFL. Equivalent paper/computer-based TOEFL is also accepted. The TOEFL can only be waived for native English speakers. The minimum academic IELTS score required is 6.5.
  • High grades and scores are a prerequisite but are no guarantee of admission. Admission standards are in accordance with those of MIT.
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven univers ... Read More

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven university, the Institute focuses on the science and engineering of advanced alternative energy, environmental and sustainability technologies. Read less