Master's Degree Programme in Engineering Materials Science

General

Program Description

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.

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Hervanta Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €

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.

More about the language of instruction

The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. Students are also required to complete a course in the Finnish language. It provides them with basic knowledge of everyday Finnish and introduces them to Finnish culture.

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 to 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, biopolymers, elastomers and composite materials are becoming increasingly important in many areas of engineering, such as injection moulded parts for electronic consumer goods, biodegradable coatings in paperboard packaging, 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, biopolymers, 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 to 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.

Tuition fees

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

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.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Engineering Materials Science the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Materials science, physical or process metallurgy, ceramic science, polymer science. Mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering or other disciplines closely related to the programme, with some materials studies included. If the degree mentioned above does not include the basics in materials science, up to 15 ECTS of complementary studies are included in the student’s Master’s degree.

Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.

  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK): 3/5
  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto): 3/5

When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (incl. thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements

Test name & Minimum test result

  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.

Intake

A maximum of 15 students is admitted to the Engineering Materials Science programme.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.

All students with a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. Admitted students will be informed on these studies in detail when the studies start in the autumn of 2020.

Scoring

The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

In this programme, applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.

Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:

  • Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
  • English language skills maximum 10 points:
    • 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5 and if proven by previous studies accepted by Tampere University
    • 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
  • Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
  • CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).

Enclosures

You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Last updated Jan 2020

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