The master’s program in Engineering Materials Science is characterized by a cross-functional approach, focusing on both the understanding and study of current materials, processes and applications, as well as the development of new materials and processes. The program offers specialization in three tracks: Industrial Materials, Materials and Process Design and Sustainable Materials.

Engineering Materials Science at KTH

Track Industrial Materials (IMTA)

Industrial Materials has a focus on both Process Science (process), metallurgy and principles for the production of metals including industrial processes in terms of economic and recycling perspective, Materials Design (structure), in terms of designing structure and mechanical properties of materials using theory in thermodynamics and kinetics, and Materials Properties (properties), fundamental knowledge of mechanical metallurgy and metal forming mechanics.

Through the choice of courses, the student may decide to specialize in Materials Design, Process Science or, preferably a combination of both areas. However, topics like casting, metal forming, powder metallurgy (additive manufacturing), experimental methods, quantum metallurgy (ab initio), team leadership, project management, economic process analyses and product innovation, combustion in industrial processes and energy and materials sustainability, corrosion and surface protection are all vital parts of the programme. This gives the education both a large width as well as knowledge and skills with a deep technical depth. This track is intended for students with a solid background in Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgy.

Track Materials and Process Design (MDNA)

Materials and Process Design has, like Industrial Materials, a focus on metallic materials, processes, structure, and properties. The track has an arrangement involving introductory courses in the first semester, which means that the track can be followed by students without prior in-depth materials or metallurgical knowledge. Through the choice of courses, the student may decide to specialize in Materials Design, Process Science or within a combination of both areas. This track is intended for students with a great interest in Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgy, and with a prior background in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Chemistry or Engineering Physics.

Track Sustainable Materials (SUMA)

Sustainable Materials has, like Industrial Materials its main focus on metallic materials, processes, structure, and properties but as well on substitution/replacement and recycling process technology with a sustainable cycle-based approach to raw materials (circular economy). The track involves courses within innovation and entrepreneurship, recycling, and in designing products for sustainability (eco-design). This track is intended for students with a background in Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy or Mechanical Engineering.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).

Career

Students graduating from the program are in great demand in the Stockholm area as well as in the rest of Sweden, Europe, and the world. There are many job opportunities in sectors that are directly associated with metallurgy – such as iron, steel and other metal producing industries (powder metallurgy, hard metal). However, as a material specialist with outstanding knowledge about metals, you will find that your knowledge is of importance in the automotive industry, manufacturing industry, aerospace industry, companies in the energy sector, the public sector, the environmental sector or private enterprises. Graduates from the program can be found at companies such as Sandvik, SSAB, Outokumpu, Swerim and Scania.

The program also provides a solid scientific foundation for further research studies at KTH or abroad after graduating.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Jubica, India: "At KTH the student learns the concepts from real projects. Even the lectures are highly interactive, and this enables a better understanding of the topic."

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Engineering Materials Science are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy: Access to energy is a prerequisite for achieving many of the sustainable development goals set by the UN. Materials play an important role in meeting the strong demand for renewable energy, for example, engineering and functional materials for harvesting energy from the sun, wind, and waves in the oceans. In the master’s program in Engineering Materials Science, you can take courses where you learn how to design materials for such applications.
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: The present and future challenges we face in achieving the UN sustainable development goals require an industry which can rely on sustainable energy production, which works with continuous improvements throughout their organization and which is willing to take risks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society. Achieving this relies on trained engineers in many different fields, including materials science. The master’s program in Engineering Materials Science prepares students for taking a leading role in change and research projects.
  • Climate Action: Climate change poses a clear and present danger for our planet. An important part of the actions against climate change is reducing CO2 emissions. When you take the master’s program in Engineering Materials Science, you will learn about and meet researchers working in the HYBRIT project, which has the goal of enabling fossil-free steel production.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Engineering Materials Science consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Industrial Materials track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Process Engineering (MH2039) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 1 (MH2040) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 2 (MH2041) 6.0 credits
  • Simulation and Modeling Toolbox (MH2042) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Team Leadership and Human Resource Management (ME2063) 6.0 credits
  • Experimental Methods (MH2000) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Materials Design (MH2048) 9.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Process Science (MH2049) 9.0 credits
  • Powder Metallurgy (MH2100) 6.0 credits
  • Casting Processing (MH2252) 6.0 credits
  • Combustion in Industrial Processes (MH2601) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Conditionally elective courses

  • Corrosion and Surface Protection (KD2380) 7.5 credits
  • Project Management: Leadership and Control (ME2016) 6.0 credits
  • Product Innovation (MF2046) 6.0 credits
  • Energy and Materials Sustainability (MH2045) 6.0 credits
  • Simulation and Modelling in Materials Processing (MH2280) 6.0 credits
  • Metal Forming (MH2281) 6.0 credits
  • International Seminar in Material Processes (MH2450) 6.0 credits
  • Economical Process Analysis and Strategy (MH2501) 6.0 credits
  • Industrial Metallurgical Processes (MH2504) 6.0 credits

Materials Design track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Extractive Metallurgy (MH2029) 6.0 credits
  • Mechanical Properties of Materials (MH2032) 6.0 credits
  • Micro and Nano-Structures in Materials (MH2038) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Experimental Methods (MH2000) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 1 (MH2040) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 2 (MH2041) 6.0 credits
  • Simulation and Modeling Toolbox (MH2042) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Materials Design (MH2048) 9.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Process Science (MH2049) 9.0 credits
  • Powder Metallurgy (MH2100) 6.0 credits
  • Casting Processing (MH2252) 6.0 credits
  • Functional Materials (MH2300) 6.0 credits
  • Combustion in Industrial Processes (MH2601) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Energy and Materials Sustainability (MH2045) 6.0 credits
  • Quantum Metallurgy (MH2046) 6.0 credits
  • Metal Forming (MH2281) 6.0 credits
  • International Seminar in Material Processes (MH2450) 6.0 credits
  • Economical Process Analysis and Strategy (MH2501) 6.0 credits
  • Industrial Metallurgical Processes (MH2504) 6.0 credits

Sustainable Materials track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Eco Design (MF2032) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Environmental Management (AL2160) 7.5 credits
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ME2719) 7.5 credits
  • Eco Design Project (MF2022) 6.0 credits
  • Extractive Metallurgy (MH2029) 6.0 credits
  • Mechanical Properties of Materials (MH2032) 6.0 credits
  • Micro and Nano-Structures in Materials (MH2038) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 1 (MH2040) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 2 (MH2041) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Materials Design (MH2048) 9.0 credits
  • Advanced Course in Process Science (MH2049) 9.0 credits
  • Functional Materials (MH2300) 6.0 credits
  • Combustion in Industrial Processes (MH2601) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Energy and Materials Sustainability (MH2045) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Environmental System Analysis and Decision making (AL2181) 7.5 credits
  • Project Management: Leadership and Control (ME2016) 6.0 credits
  • Product Innovation (MF2046) 6.0 credits
  • International Seminar in Material Processes (MH2450) 6.0 credits
  • Economical Process Analysis and Strategy (MH2501) 6.0 credits
  • Industrial Metallurgical Processes (MH2504) 6.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Engineering Materials Science

A Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Technology (or equivalent), within Materials Engineering or a corresponding degree from other engineering programs such as Mechanical Engineering, Design and Product Realization, Engineering Chemistry and Engineering Physics provided that they include relevant courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, engineering materials, and solid mechanics.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Engineering Materials Science

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 letters of recommendation
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
Duration
2 years
Full-time
Price
310,000 SEK
full program tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
Deadline
Jan 15, 2020
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