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Materials Engineering

24 months
6000 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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The Materials Engineering master at KU Leuven aims at educating you so that you will be able to design new materials, and make sustainable choices, both in an industrial and academic environment. These capabilities will be based on a thorough understanding and use of the relationships between the internal structure (crystal structure, microstructure, architecture) of materials, their properties (mechanical, electrical, chemical) and their processing (the materials triangle).

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Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently. Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where materials play a decisive role.

The structure of this master’s programme consists of a compulsory core of 60 credits, four options of 12 credits, three fixed elective packages of 12 credits, engineering and general interest electives for 12 credits, and the master's thesis of 24 credits.

 The four options focus on materials families or on application domains:

  • Metals and Ceramics
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Materials for Nanotechnology
  • Materials for Biomedical Applications. 

The fixed elective packages are meant to orient students towards different future career options: research-oriented, production-oriented, or management-oriented. For students with other bachelor degrees than materials science and engineering, bridging courses may replace the elective packages if you have a bachelors degree other than materials science or engineering ... 

The programme is crowned with the 24 credits master's thesis, where you will apply your knowledge to a selected research topic.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Metal Processing & Case Studies
  • Metals: Production and Recycling
  • Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy
  • Materials Characterisation Techniques I
  • Materials Modelling and Simulation Techniques
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Materials Physics and Technology for Nanoelectronics
  • Materials in Service
  • Design and Analysis of Experimentation

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

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