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Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces - TRIBOS, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
TRIBOS Joint Master Programme provides the students with the high-level contemporary knowledge, required for the next generation of engineers and scientists to tackle highly-interdisciplinary tribology-related problems.


Tribology is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and of related subjects and practices. The nature and consequences of the interactions that take place at the moving interface control its friction, wear, and lubrication behaviour. Understanding the nature of these interactions at micro and nano scale and solving the technological problems associated with the interfacial phenomena constitute the essence of tribology. Tribology incorporates a number of disciplines, including mechanical engineering, materials science, mechanics, surface chemistry, surface physics and a multitude of subjects such as surface characterization, friction, wear, lubrication, thin films and coatings, materials, lubricants, and the selection and design of lubrication systems and contact properties. It forms a vital part of the engineering sciences and is one of the key engineering areas. The field of tribology, functional surfaces and interfaces is thus highly interdisciplinary and is becoming increasingly advanced in recent times.

Programme Structure

Courses include

1st semester, University of Leeds, UK

  • Lubrication and Lubricants
  • Oilfield Chemistry and Corrosion
  • Materials Selection and Failure Analysis
  • Engineering Computational Methods

      2nd semester, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

      • Tribology
      • Contact Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
      • Technical Diagnostics
      • Maintenance Technologies

      3rd a. semester, University of Coimbra, Portugal

      • Material Selection and Processing
      • Protection and Degradation of Surfaces
      • Advanced Characterization Techniques
      • Design of Surface Contacts

          3rd b. semester, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
          • Advanced Machine Elements
          • Simulations in Tribology
          • Design of Lubricated Contacts
          4th semester, Project work and master thesis writing
          • Master Thesis Project

          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:

          • Minimum required score:


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          Academic Requirements


          (equivalent of 180 ECTS and comparable to the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering RRP programme), with an average grade of at least 80% (grade point average GPA) in engineering, materials science, physical sciences or chemistry.


          • Criterion 1: Academic education 50%
          • Criterion 2: Language skills 20%
          • Criterion 3: Letter of motivation 10%
          • Criterion 4: Previous relevant professional experience 20%

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            8000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA

            8000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Ljubljana

          • 620 - 950 EUR/month
            Living Costs

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


          Applicants for TRIBOS master study programme can therefore apply for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, provided by European Comission through the EACEA agency under Action 1 activity.

          Erasmus mundus distinguish two types of scholarship:

          Category A scholarships are offered to:
          • Students from countries that are not part of the European Union or the EFTA/EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
          • Students that have not resided nor have carried out their main activity in a EU or EFTA/EEA countries, for more than 12 months over the last five years.
          • Students that had never received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for Master study programme.

          All three criteria must apply for Category A scholarship eligibility.

          Category B scholarships are offered to:
          • all other students, not eligible for Category A
          Selection of applicants for scholarships

          Number of Category A and Category B scholarships is limited and decided for every edition of students on a yearly basis by the EACEA agency. Selection is valid for the whole duration of study programme, i.e. two years in the case of TRIBOS.

          Due to limited number of scholarships, these will be offered to the best ranking students according to Admission and Selection criteria, decribed in the appropriate sections of TRIBOS web site, as well as based on the EACEA scholarship rules. The final decison is made in accordance with the EACEA procedures and agreement.

          For the 2016/17 edition of TRIBOS students, about 15 Erasmus Mundus scholarships are envisaged. This number should be considered just as an indication of possible number of scholarships.

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