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Sustainable Materials Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
In the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering, Major Metal Science and Engineering, the student starts from his basic knowledge on materials technology, physics, chemistry and mechanics and learns to apply this knowledge in order to increase understanding on how a material behaves under the extremely variable and demanding conditions where the material is used. 


The student will learn how the performance of a material can be designed by taking active measures with respect to the processing parameters. The student will understand how this will allow producing materials with tailor-made properties. The student will be able to apply this knowledge in materials design. A first emphasis of the master program is modeling. The student will learn the available options to simulate the material properties and their evolution and subsequently will also learn to interpret expertly the outcome of these simulations. A second emphasis is on metallic alloys. The student will understand the concepts behind the development of innovative and light metals that are used in constructions where they have to fulfill more stringent safety measures. Both the alloy formation by using a well-designed chemical composition as the processing itself will be considered in detail. Finally, the concept of sustainability will be addressed. On the one hand, the student will acquire knowledge to understand why a material deteriorates in contact with specific environments and how surface engineering will be able to increase its life span. On the other hand, the student will learn to process metals from secondary sources, such as e-waste, and will understand that the final properties of the product in which the metal is used will be on the same level as for metals produced from primary, raw materials.


  • • To train engineers who, on the one hand, have a due command of the basic mechanisms on which the properties (physical, mechanical, chemical, electronic, ...) of materials (metallic alloys, polymers, including natural polymers,ceramics and composites) in all their forms are based and, on the other hand, of the production and processing methods of the various materials from their primary (raw materials) and secondary (e.g. e-waste) sources.
  • • To train engineers who - both on a self-reliant basis and as a member of a team - are duly capable of efficiently and methodically optimising production methods and processes as well as purposively designing new and/or improved materials with a view to complying with increasingly stricter environmental regulatory requirements, developing sustainable materials and processes, in observance of the increasing need to effect recyclability, energy savings, improving the resistance against environmental impact and consequently increasing their life span, further miniaturisation, optimisation of the strength/weight ratio, and of realizing the most performing life cycle.
  • • To train engineers who have the required research attitudes and scientific skills to contribute to the innovation in industry or scientific research in this discipline and who are capable of doing so by embracing a lifelong learning attitude.
  • • To train engineers who have the necessary social skills to assume people management positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fracture and Deformation Behaviour of Materials
  • Structure and Dynamics of Polymers
  • Polymer Processing
  • Micro-analysis and Structure Determination in Materials Science
  • Materials Science Thermodynamics
  • Composites

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

  • Holders of an appropriate Belgian academic bachelor degree
  • Holders of a foreign university bachelor degree or higher education bachelor diploma: bachelor of minimum three years
  • In some cases applicants cannot be admitted directly to a master programme but have to do a specific preparatory or linking course (between 45 and 90 ECTS credits) first , depending on their previous studies

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5524 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5524 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    922 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 922 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Gent

  • 754 - 1210 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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