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Associated to: TKMAS
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-18 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2021/2022

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering and Management or Industrial Design Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr. including Linear Algebra, Multivariable Analysis, Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Statistics or Probability Theory), Metals, Polymers, Thermodynamics and Strength of Materials or Solid Mechanics.

General organization:


The Materials Engineering Master's Programme is intended for students aiming at a career in the field of materials, which is, both scientifically and technologically, a field of substantial width. The programme aims to support students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to handle complex materials related problems in industry. This covers design, development, processing, maintenance and disposal of products; applying social, environmental and ethical considerations. Materials selection, materials development or failure analysis are thus examples of core competencies needed. The programme also prepares for the participation in and leadership of materials research; industrial or academic. It is thus important for students to attain a basis of deep disciplinary knowledge combined with experience of solving open problems, for their professional career. Materials related problem solving and research are often experimental and methods are continuously developed. In addition, the use of computer-based simulations is increasing. The aim is to let these methods of professional problem solving in materials engineering be reflected in education. The programme also aims for students to be able to communicate their conclusions and arguments to both specialists and non-specialists. In addition this international programme offers and promotes interaction/networking of students of different backgrounds (materials science, mechanical engineering, physics and chemistry) towards the increasingly important field of advanced materials engineering.


Learning outcome:

Graduates shall to be able to independently and professionally participate in and lead projects concerning aspects of materials in conceiving, designing, implementing and operating products, processes and systems. They shall also be able to independently and professionally participate in and lead materials research, industrial or academic. 1. Knowledge and understanding: Graduated students should be able to:
  • attain a basis of deep disciplinary knowledge to be able to recognise and describe properties for metals, polymers and ceramics and explain how these are coupled to the structure on an atomic as well as microscopic scale
  • apply in-depth knowledge regarding the relation between microstructure and properties in evaluation and prediction of polymeric, metallic and ceramic materials time behaviour as affected typically by fatigue, ageing and influenced by processing. The knowledge could be based on theory, experiments or mathematical modelling (thermodynamic or mechanical)
  • draw conclusions based upon the scientific foundation and proven experience of materials science as well as show insight into current research and development work
  • explain selected material performances within a component in micro- and macromechanical terms
  • evaluate and draw conclusions concerning different materials advantages, drawbacks and fields of application based on knowledge of material properties
  • explain how different processing methods can influence the structure of a material and whereby its properties
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding that is founded upon and extends the learning objectives for materials science, mathematics, applied mechanics, manufacturing technology and thermodynamics associated with bachelors level
  • to show insight into commercialization aspects and protection strategies for novel materials technology
    2. Skills and abilities: Graduated student should be able to:
  • critically, independently and creatively conceive, design, implement and operate products, processes and systems with special focus on the materials aspects such as design of materials, materials selection, failure analysis and prediction of properties
  • describe, address applicability of and within given constraints (e.g. financial) plan and carry out qualified tests from a wide range of characterization and material performance assessment methods using e.g. hardness measurements, mechanical testing, optical microscopy, electron microscopy or X-ray, DSC, DTA, Auger or ESCA analysis
  • analyze design, innovations and implementation of novel materials technology incorporating requirements from a scientific, engineering, legal and market point of view
  • participate in research and development to create new knowledge
  • create, analyse and critically evaluate different materials solutions
  • critically and systematically integrate knowledge and predict and evaluate material behaviour and events, also with limited or incomplete information exemplified by suggestion of materials combinations, having knowledge of how the manufacturing process affects properties, and couple it to the environment where the product is to be used (risk for failure, fatigue)
  • consider relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects fulfilling human needs and the society's goals for sustainable development in the context of materials science
  • work with projects in a group, solving open problems while being aware of different stages in project work and group dynamics having experience from multicultural as well multidisciplinary groups.
  • communicate material characterization results, theoretical predictions, literature reviews, their own conclusions and the rationale underpinning these, to both specialists and non specialists, nationally and internationally. Communication exemplified by written and oral presentations as well as dialogue.
    3. Formulation of judgements and attitudes: Graduated students should be able to:
  • formulate judgement concerning selections of materials or development of new materials that include reflecting on scientific, social and ethical responsibilities and to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects on research and development work
  • show insight concerning consequences for manufacturing, product behaviour and environmental load during the full life cycle
  • draw conclusions showing insight into the possibilities and limitations of materials science, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use, applying social, environmental and ethical considerations
  • identify their need for more knowledge, and to continuously develop their competence.


    Extent: 120.0 c



    The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis. There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator. More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here: Thesis work


    Courses valid the academic year 2021/2022:

    See study programme


    Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2021/2022:

    Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



    No tracks or specializations, but the cooperation with the Master's Programmes in Applied Mechanics and Production Engineering has resulted in two packages consisting of four courses each providing extra depth in Materials and applied mechanics or Materials and manufacturing techniques.

     Degree requirements:
      Degree of master of science (120 credits):
    Passed courses comprising 120 credits
    Degree project 30 credits
    Courses (including degree project) within a main field of study 60 credits
    Passed advanced level courses at Chalmers (degree project can be included) comprising at least 45 credits
    Passed advanced level courses (degree project can be included) comprising at least 90 credits
    Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
    The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

    See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

    Title of degree:

    Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Mechanical Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


    Main field of study:

    Mechanical Engineering

    Other information:

    It is intended that the programme should meet the expectations from students of Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers having experience from yearly design-build-courses, use of active and experiential learning techniques and integrated learning of professional skills in the disciplinary context. In the programme there are elements of active learning, labs, projects, case studies and integrated learning of communication abilities in addition to lectures and tutorials. The students of MPAEM are diverse; they are coming from different fields such as polymer science, metallurgy, physics, chemistry, industrial design engineering or mechanical engineering as well as from many different parts of the world. An introduction is therefore included, starting on-line already as soon as admission is finished followed up the first week by social activities, lectures and a larger project lab including elements of peer-learning. The discipline materials science is very broad and engineers are often specialised on a group of materials. The advanced courses on ceramics, metals and polymers are thus separated, each of them focussing on engineering aspects such as processing, characterisation, properties, areas of application and other aspects within a products' lifecycle for the respective material.   In our aim to prepare the students for a professional career there are connections to society and industry through guest lecturers, study visits or projects closely connected to industry or academic research. The ceramics course is taught by Swerea Industrial Research Institute and there is possibility to participate in the Product Development or Formula Student projects. Master thesis work is often made on demand from industry, comprises training in solving a larger engineering assignment and provides experience in project planning and presentation. To promote further interaction/networking, several of the elective or courses are shared with other master's programmes such as Applied Mechanics, Production Engineering, Product Development, Biotechnology, Industrial Ecology or Applied Physics.

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