Materials Science and Engineering

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Materials Science and Engineering

– About the Programme

Video from MSc Materials Science and Egineering

Pre-study information for MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Pre-study information for MSc Materials Science and Engineering

In order to become registrered as a student at NTNU, get access to student facilities such as the Studentweb and Blackboard and register for classes and exams, it is of uttermost importance that you complete all the steps found here. 

The Faculty of Natural Science also organises an induction week for all new masters students. We strongly encourage all international students to participate.

Due to the current situation with the Corona pandemic, the induction week will be based online. For more information on the detailed program of this week, please refer to the information posted below.

On 25 June, the Norwegian Government published some changes concerning the travel restrictions that were introduced earlier this Spring to limit the spread of the corona-virus.


The changes entail that from 1 July, all international students who have been offered admission to a study programme at a Norwegian University are allowed to cross the border into Norway. This applies to EU/EEA-citizens and citizens from countries outside the EU who have obtained a residence permit in Norway.


At the moment, everyone except Danish, Icelandic and Finnish citizens must however stay self-quarantined for 10 days after arrival in Norway.


You will find updated information on travel advice etc. here:


I also recommend that you check the website regularly for updates.


We have earlier sent out information to all of you that the Autumn semester at NTNU will be digital, and we have advised our international students to stay at home and follow lectures online and then plan on arriving in Norway in January 2021.


For non-EU citizens, the changes in travel restrictions will not lead to any changes as far as the Autumn semester at NTNU is concerned, as you have to apply for a visa before entering Norway, and to do that you will need housing and documentation of financing. As NTNU cannot guarantee housing for the Autumn semester and the process of depositing money and applying for a visa is very time-consuming, you will in any case not be able to arrive at NTNU in August. We will therefore continue as planned and send you all the necessary practical information in August to prepare you for your visa applications for January 2021.


EU-citizens may in some cases be able to travel to Norway and start their studies physically from August, as you do not need a visa. However, there are two factors that you need to be aware of:


1.Not all study programmes will offer physical lectures in the Autumn semester. Please contact a student advisor at your study programme to check what the status may be for your programme.


2.NTNU cannot guarantee or provide housing for the Autumn semester, so you have to arrange accommodation yourself.


The Student Welfare Organization SiT may still have some rooms left, and you are welcome to apply for these on an individual basis. Please see or send an e-mail to Please also see for information about possibilities on the private market in Trondheim.


To sum up:

We still recommend that you all stay at home for the Autumn semester and schedule your arrival in Norway for January. For EU/EEA-citizens, however, there is a possibility that you can travel to Norway earlier, provided that you organize this yourself and that you stay updated on the corona-situation.


The above information is valid for international students accepted into a regular two-year Master’s programme at NTNU as well as students in an Erasmus Mundus, Nordic 5Tech or other double degree programme.


You are welcome to contact us on or on my personal e-mail for questions, but please note that the month of July is a holiday month in Norway and I cannot guarantee that you will receive an immediate answer.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students. The matriculation ceremony is NTNUs way of officially welcoming new students as part of our university. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony will be digital.   

We want everyone to get a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony.

The Office of International Relations will organise information meetings and online Q&As about how to register for courses, exams and other practical NTNU matters. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

For more information on this programme and how to join online, please check out this page. 

The Buddy programme at the Faculty of Natural Science (NV) will help new international students to quickly become familar with the university. 

On Wednesday 12th of August, buddy Ragnhild Sødal Gjennestad will guide you through Gløshaugen Campus live on the acebook group Buddy 2020 – Faculty of Natural Sciences at 10.30 (GMT+2).

To keep updated, please join the Facebook group for international students at NV which is offically launched from July 1st: 
Buddy 2020 – Faculty of Natural Sciences

*More information on how you can join online will come when this has been confirmed. 

The Faculty of Natural Science and Department for Material Science and Engineering at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is excited to welcome you as a new student! 

13:00 (GMT+1) Welcome by of the Faculty of Natural Science* 

13:45 (GMT+1) Orientation meeting by the program council of the MSc Materials Science and Engineering*

14.15: Social gathering for those able to meet physically.

14.45: A tour of Berg campus by fellow students. 

If you can meet physically
Please join us in room B1, Berg.
The orientation programme is compulsory for all new students. 

If you are unable to meet physically
Please join us online for most of the programme (13.00 - 14.15)

For any questions regadring study start for MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, please contact


Physical HSE-training is mandatory for all students at the Faculty of Natural Science. The training for the 2-year master students is run on the 14.08 and is set to run in English. 

Time: 08.30 -  approximately 10.30 
Location: Outside of Realfagbygget, south side

To follow the course, you must register on studweb, course code HMS0003.  You must register both for exam and for tuition.

For more details and information on the HSE-trainings please refer to this webpage. 

For those international students arriving on campus in January 2021, you will recieve this training when you arrive.

You will not be able to get access to any of NTNUs labratories prior to the completion of this course. 


A lot of the social and academic life at NTNU revolves around special student association which in Norwegian are called linjeforeninger (literally area-of-study-associations).

Your student association is called Bergstuderendes forening and will help you adapt to student life in Trondheim. Please find more information in their welcome letter here. 

For more information about student councils and other student organisations at NTNU, please refer to this page. 

Academic calendar

Please check this page for the academic calendar for 2020. 

Library services

Through our online library service, you can get acccess to books, journals etc. 

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Many students are in need of adaptations during the course of their studies, for shorter or longer periods of time. If you have any kind of special needs, we would love to help you with adaptations to ensure your study is as successfull as possible.

Please note that there are deadlines you need to adhere to, as early as 01.09.2020. Thus it is important that you contact the right department at your earliest convenience. 

For more information about who to contact, deadlines, the various support services, courses, groups and adaptation possibilities at NTNU, please refer to this page. 

About the programme

Do you want to understand and help develop the materials that surround us? Materials are important - they are part of most constructions and products and help save lives, create jobs and save the environment. Why are materials so important? Materials provide everything from the shoes we wear to the house we live in to the energy we use for keeping warm.


What is Materials Technology?

Materials technology is multidisciplinary and covers everything from the production of aluminum, steel and silicon - to the development of new materials. The materials have wide application, and they can be used in petroleum activities, energy technology or for more everyday products such as knives. Material technology is therefore an important focus area for Norwegian industry. The right choice of materials can save companies a lot of money and work!

Today, materials technologists face exciting challenges such as environmentally friendly metal production and recycling, advanced material use in the oil and gas operations in the North Sea and the North, as well as the development of new materials based on nanotechnology for environmentally friendly and efficient utilization of our national energy resources.

Students cooperating in a study situation. Photo
Studentsamarbeid er viktig i studietiden. Materialteknologistudentene har egen lesesal. PK Foto.


Why study Materials Technology?

Materials technology is the study for those who are curious about why different materials are used for different purposes, how they are made and assembled and how they can be developed and improved. The study provides expertise in areas that are important to Norway as an industrial nation, both today and in the future. As a material technology student, you will benefit from this expertise and receive an education that is both relevant and career-enhancing in a later job situation.

There are many different companies that need people with expertise in materials technology, and you as a material technologist will have many opportunities after graduation.

At the same time this study program has small classes with approx. 20 students, which makes it easy to get acquainted with their fellow students. The sense of class, the unity and the personal contact with the faculty teachers at the department make the material technology study completely unique, and distinguishes the study from other university studies. Therefore, you should choose to study materials technology at NTNU!

Tailor your expertise

To tailor you expertise you can choose between the following three specialisations which you apply directly to, i.e.:

Big solar cells boards. Photo
Foto: ©


Metal Development - Challenges and opportunities


Did you know that metals can be produced in different ways - from natural raw materials or by recycling scrap metal? Aluminum and steel are examples of materials that are increasingly being recycled and therefore offer many new and exciting challenges for you as a materials technologist. Solar cell silicon is an important material that is produced today by recycling expensive silicon from the electronics industry. The Norwegian silicon industry is now investing heavily in mass production of this material through direct reduction of SiO2 (quartz) to Si using carbon. Future material technologists will have the opportunity to develop this important industry in Norway.  

Boats, cars, aircraft, oil platforms and skyscrapers - expertise in materials technology is important!

Have you considered what materials a car, boat, aircraft or offshore installation is made of? Why exactly are the materials chosen? What material properties are important? What really determines the material properties? To understand this, basic knowledge of how the nanomaterials and microstructure of the materials influence the application properties is required. As a tool for structural characterization, advanced electron microscopes with a resolution down to the atomic level are used. Join and make the cars of the future in aluminum or lay the foundations for safe and environmentally friendly utilization of oil and gas resources in the North Sea and the North.

Energy technology - materials technology and nanotechnology

Have you ever thought about the fact that increased use of hydrogen as an energy carrier requires a quantum leap in the development of so-called functional materials? These are smart materials found in solar cells, superconductors, computers, batteries, fuel cells and catalysts, and which have a physical property that can be utilized. Environmentally, hydrogen is an attractive energy carrier. As a result, eleven of the largest automakers in the world have developed fuel cell-based cars based on hydrogen.

With a basis in nanotechnology, you can develop cheaper and more robust materials for use in, among other things, fuel cells, solar cells, CO2 purification and salt power - thus helping to make this technology more competitive in the future.


Programme facts


Degree: Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSMT
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Location: Norway, Trondheim, Gløshaugen

Host Faculty:
The Faculty of Natural Sciences

Host department:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

How to apply

Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

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Group for EU applicants
Group for non-EU applicants

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