Materials Science and Engineering

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Materials Science and Engineering

– About the Programme

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About the programme

Do you want to be part of an innovative, fast-pacing industry?

A Master’s in Materials Science comprises the study of materials from the atomic scale to the macro scale. It’s fundamentally concerned with the effect of processing methods, as well as structure and chemistry, on the properties of materials. A Master’s in Materials Science also includes the use of these engineering materials in different environments. While also covering various applications and areas of the society. The program’s focus is to teach you how to use your knowledge to synthesise new materials with unique properties and to characterise, evaluate, and improve existing materials processing and characteristics.

Your insight and expertise will be in-demand when you have a Master in Materials Science and Engineering. Knowledge about materials science and engineering is of paramount importance in industry and society, where the production of all physical objects involves materials. Therefore, materials are a necessity in almost all industrial enterprises and represent an important focus area in the whole industrialised world.

These are topics you can learn more about when attending a MSc in Materials Science:

  • Lear aluminum, silicon and ferrous alloys
  • Silicone and solar cells
  • Carbone materials
  • Production of metals from their stable oxides
  • Sustainable use, recycling and development of materials
  • Composition and the innovative use of materials
  • Energy technology

Choose between the following three specialisations to tailor your niche. You may apply directly to:


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Students cooperating in a study situation. Photo
Group work is an essential part of this master. The students at this programme have their own studyhall. Photo: PK Foto.

Seek admission

It is crucial to ensure you meet all the requirements before seeking admission. For the MSc program in Materials Science and Engineering, a minimum of BSc/BEng degree (typically 3-4 years) in Materials Science and Engineering or metallurgy is required, with an average grade of C or better.

Candidates with a degree in Mechanical engineering, Inorganic/physical chemistry, or chemical engineering, with a strong focus in Materials Science and Engineering, may also be accepted.

How to seek admission

Job opportunities

With a MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, it will give you a broad spectrum of job possibilities internationally.

As 40% of the Norwegian industry is material based, typical candidates often work in metallurgical and chemical sectors like Elkem, Hydro, Equinor, Sintef, and Aker Solutions. These large companies also have international operations.

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Study Components

Our two-year Master’s of Engineering studies at NTNU is extended over four semesters, and has the following general structure:

  • 1-2 semester: Virtually engineering courses based on the chosen field of study / main profile. Interdisciplinary group project (“Experts in team”). A non-technological topic.
  • 3-4 semester : A non-technological topic. Specialisation project with specialisation course which is usually continued into the final master’s thesis in the 4th semester.

The master’s thesis can begin when you’ve passed all the courses in the education plan, and the requirement for work-life experience has been fulfilled. The duration of the Master’s thesis is typically 20 weeks.

Here are the programme components

Study Environment

You’ll find the Department of Materials Science and Engineering centrally situated at Gløshaugen campus, close to Trondheim city center. You’ll have access to excellent facilities and state of the art scientific equipment. We have strong teaching and research links with other departments at the university. Your MSc thesis is performed in close collaboration with your supervisor and other researchers/PhD students working on relevant topics. The department also has close contact with the industry, so even collaboration with industry is possible.

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Our student advisors can be contacted for all questions about a MSc in Materials Science, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. Please contact the advisors if you have any questions.

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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

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Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2020

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2021

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2021

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