24 months
4500 EUR/year
3400 EUR/year
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The Materials Engineering program at the University of Trento is particularly addressed to students who demonstrate a thorough grounding in scientific disciplines (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry) and a basic knowledge in Industrial Engineering.


Materials Engineering is the science that enables the synthesis and application of materials in everyday society. Nearly everything we use is made of a material that has been modified or designed by a materials engineer who enables it to perform better than it would do without human intervention. Materials engineers and scientists study the relationship between materials' structure, performance, properties, and synthesis, with a view to designing and producing new materials and new applications that meet the needs of society. 

The Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering is designed to qualify skilled materials engineers and scientists able to explore the design and testing of materials employing cutting-edge technologies and to manage and promote the technological innovation at different levels since the labor market increasingly requires experts not only in the engineering fields but also in design, production, and qualification of traditional and advanced materials.

Program Overview

The Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering trains engineers skilled to produce and manage technology innovation and work as high-level technicians and managers, in areas requiring a deep knowledge of base sciences and engineering, with particular attention paid to the customization, processing, development, and design of materials, and similar topics.

The graduates in the Master’s degree course in Materials Engineering will master technologies, devices, systems, and infrastructures for the production, customization, and design of traditional and innovative materials, their use in specific applications of the industries in the field of chemistry, mechanics, textiles, optics-electronics, bio-technologies and, more in general, for the development and the production and use of goods and services.


The Master’s degree program in Materials and Production Engineering consists of 120 ECTS–credits for a two-year program. Students will commit to participate in full-time learning activities and attendance at lectures is strongly recommended. All courses are taught in English.

Credits required to complete the Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering: 120 ECTS

Notes: according to Sorbonne (1988) and the Bologna (1999) declarations university-level study programs in the European Higher Education Area are structured in university credits (ECTS). A university credit corresponds to 25 hours of student workload, time for personal preparation included. The annual average workload for a full-time student is conventionally fixed at 60 credits.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities span from innovation and development of production, advanced planning, and programming, management of complex systems, both as self-employment professionals and in manufacturing and services companies, as well as in public authorities. Materials engineers may be employed in chemical, pharmaceutical, and processing industries; companies active in the production, transformation, transportation, and storage of substances and materials; industrial laboratories; public administration offices for environment and safety management. With the MS in Materials Engineering graduates will also be able to work as scientists, engineers, or managers in industries of production and conversion of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, glass, composite materials and biomaterials, building materials, or electronic materials, telecommunications, energy, construction, transportation, environment, cultural heritage, industrial laboratories and R&D Departments of public and private institutions. They may be employed, for example, as project and development engineers, in sectors spanning from experiments to engineering, as project managers or technical directors. Considering the wide range of acquired skills they may also be employed in basic and applied research centers, or as managers of production, logistics, quality control, marketing, and purchasing managers.According to figures published by the Italian Institute of Statistics, the Master’s degree course in Materials Engineering trains:
  • Mining and metallurgical engineers;
  • Chemical engineers.
The Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering has been tailored to allow students to embark upon an international post-graduate level study. The Ph.D. programs offered at the University of Trento include the Materials, Mechatronics, and Systems Engineering Doctoral School.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Bio-related and functional materials

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application Period: 

12/15/2021-04/03/2022 Non-EU citizens living abroad;

June-November 2022 rolling admission for EU & Non-EU students living in Italy




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Industrial Engineering or related field
  • English at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Please see the Call for Applications for more details 

How to apply

  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit)
  • Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation) 

Living costs for Trento

700 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships for non-EU Citizens living abroad

Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship. Students that benefit from a UniTrento scholarship will also have the tuition fees waived.

Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy

Scholarships are based on income/merit. Information on the tuition fees and ISEE index (economic index of your family financial situation) are available on the Infostudenti UniTrento web page. Please note that if you do not want to calculate the ISEE index, you will have to pay the maximum tuition amount. Once the ISEE has been calculated, eligible students can apply for the Opera Universitaria scholarship starting from June/July.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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