Engineering Materials Science - Tampere University of Technology

Engineering Materials Science

Between Natural Sciences and Mechanical Engineering - Your Interface to Success

Degree programme: Materials Science and Engineering

Focus areas:

  • Metallic and Ceramic Materials
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

Name of degree: Master of Science (MSc)

Language of instruction: English

Scope of degree: 120 ECTS

Duration of studies: 2 years

Study mode: full-time

Tuition fee: yes

Scholarship programme: yes

Application deadline:

The application period for studies starting in August 2018 has ended. 

The next intake for studies starting in August 2019 will begin in December 2018. 

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Solving the issues of human welfare


Engineering Materials Science sets out to give universal solutions from science to various research challenges faced by industry. Our ambitious yet highly fascinating mission is to help find and develop the best possible materials for different purposes in all aspects of life. We are keen on utilizing new breakthrough materials in solving future issues related to the environment, energy and human welfare.

After graduating from our Engineering Materials Science Programme, you will be able to understand the technological and economic problems within the industry, analyse and refine the problems into scientific research questions, and use scientific methods to solve the problems to improve the competitiveness and performance of materials.

Largest Materials Science lab in Finland with noted teachers

The laboratory of Materials Science at TUT is the largest unit of Materials Science education in Finland. The laboratory focuses on developing solutions for all materials related to industry, such as metals, ceramics, elastomers, composites and paper-based materials, but also studying and advancing different technical coatings and surfacing techniques. We take pride in our excellent quality of education; our teachers, laboratories and research are at the cutting edge of Finnish universities in the area of Materials Science. Many research groups of the laboratory of Materials Science have been internationally recognized and merited, as have our teachers and researchers. Our teaching and research are joined closely together and are in constant dialogue.

Want to be a true professional?

Along skilled professors, teachers and researchers, the programme also attracts students who have an interest in becoming true materials science professionals and gaining the required knowledge so that they can advance further with their studies. The applicants who aspire to join the programme should demonstrate excellent academic performance, good English language skills and creative abilities. Applicants must hold a three- or four-year Bachelor of Science degree from an internationally recognized university. The overall grade (CGPA) of the degree should be at least 70 % of the maximum marks. Students admitted to the programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies (please see more on eligibility). The field of the BSc degree must be one of the following:

  • materials science
  • physical or process metallurgy
  • ceramic science
  • polymer science

Also the following fields are suitable; with some materials studies included:

  • mechanical engineering
  • aeronautical engineering
  • other discipline closely related to the programme

Go international! Double your degree

Being an international study field, we also offer possibilities to gain international experience with a double degree. At the moment, Engineering Materials Science is the only programme at TUT that offers the possibility to obtain an international double degree at the Master’s level. The double degree programme comprises a curriculum of 120 ECTS credits at Tampere University of Technology and at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). This cooperation allows you to not only widen your knowledge on materials science in a very international framework, but also to tailor your degree to stand out in today’s challenging job market.


Majors offered:

Metallic and Ceramic Materials

Major studies in Metallic and Ceramic Materials provide you with broad knowledge of the relationships between the composition, processing, structure and properties of metals and ceramic materials. Understanding and utilizing these correlations is essential for finding the most suitable existing materials, or developing new materials that meet the requirements of different applications. At Tampere University of Technology, metallic and ceramic materials have been studied and developed for decades in close collaboration with domestic and international partners. In addition to basic knowledge of these materials, this major will give you state-of-the-art knowledge of recent developments, for example, in the fields of advanced steel technology, nano- and ultrafine-grained metals and alloys, functional materials, and advanced ceramic sciences.

Polymeric Materials

Polymers, elastomers and composite materials are becoming increasingly important in many areas of engineering, such as injection moulded parts for electronic consumer goods, elastomers in transportation, composites used in aeronautical engineering, and various biomedical applications in medical sciences. The major in Polymeric materials provides students with a solid foundation in these materials, their structure and properties. The major in Polymeric materials gives students broad knowledge of various polymers, elastomers and composite materials, with a special emphasis on the properties and structure of materials. After completing the major, students will be able to promote environmentally friendly and cost-effective material and process management.

Mechanics of Materials

Major and minor studies in the Mechanics of Materials provide students with strong knowledge of materials engineering. After completing the module, students will have a deep understanding of the plastic and elastic behaviour of materials and their numerical and constitutive modeling.

The focus area of Mechanics of Materials can be studied at the Departamento de Ciencia de la Materiales of the Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and therefore students have to apply for admission to the module after being accepted to our master's programme. The focus area is available in the second academic year. Students seeking admission to the module are selected based on their academic performance at TUT, demonstrated level of motivation, and the overall suitability of the proposed studies in their Personal Study Plan.

Understanding the mechanical behavior and properties of various materials at different conditions is extremely important for the efficient design of components and structures. The requirement to develop more environmentally friendly and at the same time stronger and more durable components and structures cannot be met without a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of materials.

All the way to the doctoral degree

Due to the top-quality research done in the department, it is not uncommon for graduates to continue working in the academia as scientists or to pursue a doctoral degree. In fact, the Master’s programme in Engineering Materials works as the perfect platform for research-minded students to head for a PhD, as research is an inseparable part of our teaching. The university offers its own internal funding programme for postgraduate studies that is a great opportunity for someone seeking a PhD, but, as a reflection of that, also highly competitive.

Versatile career opportunities

The most significant feature characterizing the career opportunities in Engineering Materials Science is versatility. Describing the career path of a typical graduate is not straight forward, as materials expertise is needed in multiple fields of industry in the development and maintenance of their processes. Finnish industry today boasts a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from the modern steel industry and the production of heavy machinery to the production and design of electronic components, such as mobile phones and semiconductor devices.

The degree will provide you with a wide range of possibilities, which will be defined during the final stages of the studies and the Master’s thesis phase. By making certain choices during your studies, you will be able to tailor your degree towards the desired direction to pursue your dream career.


An example of the research done in the department of Materials Science, focusing on the behaviour of materials in collisions and high-speed impacts, for instance. The video, Dynamic Behaviour of Materials, was filmed partly in the laboratories of Materials Science at TUT, and it is published by the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Updated by: Meeri Oikemus, 07.02.2018 14:21.
Content owner: Lassila Jenni
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