Solving issues of human welfare

Our ambitious and fascinating mission is to identify and develop the best possible materials for different applications in all aspects of life.

We utilise new breakthrough materials to address future challenges related to the environment, energy and human welfare.

Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to understand the technical and economic challenges faced by the industry, analyse and refine them into research questions, and apply scientific methods to resolve the challenges and improve the competitiveness and performance of materials in engineering applications.

We develop solutions for all materials used in industrial applications, such as metals, ceramics, elastomers, composites and paper-based materials, as well as study and develop different engineering coatings and surfaces. We take pride in our excellent quality of education; our teachers, laboratories and research are at the cutting edge of materials science in Finland.

Our master's students focus either on metallic and ceramic materials or polymeric materials, and the programme provides a solid foundation for research-minded students to continue their studies towards a doctoral degree. We also offer you the opportunity to complete a double degree and thereby gain international experience that helps you stand out in today's challenging job market.

Study objectives

Materials science studies the production of different structural and functional materials, their consistency and structure, technical properties and industrial applications. Materials scientists tackle problems arising from the industry in order to enhance the competitiveness and performance of materials by utilizing their solid competence in chemistry, physics and other natural sciences.

We take pride in our excellent quality of education; our teachers, laboratories and research are at the cutting edge of materials science in Finland. Many of our research groups are internationally recognized and merited, as are our teachers and researchers. The teaching in the Master’s Degree Programme in Engineering Materials Science is joined together with research, and the two are constantly in contact. In terms of both teaching and research, we are committed to providing scientific solutions to the materials challenges faced by the industry.

The Master's Degree Programme in Engineering Materials Science offers multidisciplinary and flexible study opportunities of a high standard and quality. It operates in an internationally-oriented and innovative study and research environment, preparing students for flexible professional and academic career opportunities both in Finland and abroad. The Master's Degree Programme in Materials Science and Engineering leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology.

Study contents

Tampere University provides students with a broad, cross-disciplinary education. Besides conventional lectures, we employ practical teaching methods, such as exercises, laboratory assignments and web-based methods, and foster a problem-based approach to learning.

The compulsory basic studies of the master’s programme provide an introduction to the field of materials science and prerequisite knowledge for pursuing professional studies. The module also provides students with other necessary skills, such as the basics of the Finnish language and guidance for thesis writing.

The focus areas or major subjects, available in the programme provide in-depth knowledge of materials science and engineering from a variety of different perspectives. The two focus areas offered in the programme are:

  • Metallic and Ceramic Materials
  • Polymeric Materials

Additionally, the Master’s Degree Programme in Engineering Materials Science offers a focus area that is studied abroad. Mechanics of Materials may be studied at the Departamento de Ciencia de la Materiales of the Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain. Students have to apply for admission to the module after being accepted into our master's programme. The focus area is available in the second academic year.

We offer our students the opportunity to gain international experience in the form of a double degree. The double degree programme comprises a curriculum of 120 ECTS credits at Tampere University and at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). This cooperation allows students to not only widen their knowledge of materials science in a very international framework but also tailor their degree to stand out in today’s challenging job market.

Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree Programme in Engineering Materials Science complete an advanced (30 credits) or an extended (50-60 credits) major subject. To complete a Master's Degree in Technology, students are required to prepare a master's thesis related to their major subject (30 credits). The master's thesis is an extensive treatise, which prepares the student for independent study and research, the mastery of scientific methods, referencing conventions, and the scientific mode of presentation in a good literary form.

Students completing an extended major are not required to pursue a minor subject. A minor subject can be freely selected, and with their choice of minor students can direct their expertise towards their desired career path or field of interest.

Choosing a field of specialisation

During your advanced studies, you can choose to focus on either Metallic and Ceramic Materials or Polymeric Materials or to apply for advanced studies in Mechanics of Materials at UPM.

Metallic and Ceramic Materials

The major studies in Metallic and Ceramic Materials provide you with a broad knowledge of the relationships between the composition, processing, structure and properties of metals and ceramic materials. Understanding and utilising these correlations is essential for finding the most suitable existing materials or developing new materials that meet the requirements of different applications. In our University, metallic and ceramic materials have been studied and developed for decades in close collaboration with domestic and international partners. In addition to basic knowledge of these materials, this major will give you state-of-the-art knowledge of recent developments, for example, in the fields of advanced steel technology, nano- and ultrafine-grained metals and alloys, functional materials, and advanced ceramic sciences.

Polymeric Materials

Polymers, elastomers and composite materials are becoming increasingly important in many areas of engineering, such as injection moulded parts for electronic consumer goods, elastomers in transportation, composites used in aeronautical engineering, and various biomedical applications in medical sciences. The major in Polymeric Materials provides students with a solid grounding in these materials, their structure and properties. The major in Polymeric Materials equips students with broad-ranging knowledge of various polymers, elastomers and composite materials and places special emphasis on the properties and structure of materials. After completing the major, students will be able to promote environmentally friendly and cost-effective material and process management.

Mechanics of Materials

Major and minor studies in the Mechanics of Materials provide students with strong knowledge of materials engineering. After completing the module, students will have an in-depth understanding of the plastic and elastic behaviour of materials and their numerical and constitutive modelling. Students will be able to work in several industrial and academic positions that require an understanding of mechanical engineering and the engineering of materials.

The focus area of the Mechanics of Materials can be studied at the Departamento de Ciencia de la Materiales of the Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). It is not available at Tampere University and therefore students have to apply for admission to the module after being accepted into our master's programme.

Understanding the mechanical behaviour and properties of various materials at different conditions is extremely important for the efficient design of components and structures. The requirement to develop more environmentally friendly and at the same time stronger and more durable components and structures cannot be met without a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of materials.

Career opportunities

The most significant feature characterising the career opportunities that Engineering Materials Science offers is versatility. Describing the career path of a typical graduate is not straightforward, as materials expertise is needed in multiple companies in different fields of industry in the development and maintenance of industrial processes. The degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities. By making certain choices during your studies, you will be able to tailor your degree towards your desired direction.

Due to our world-class research, it is not uncommon for our graduates to continue working in academia as scientists or pursue a doctoral degree. Tampere University offers its own internal funding programme for doctoral studies that is a great opportunity for someone seeking a PhD, but as a reflection of that, it is also highly competitive. The Finnish industry today boasts a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from the modern steel industry and the design and production of heavy machinery to the production and design of electronic components, such as mobile phones and semiconductor devices.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

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