Career opportunities

Materials Science and Engineering (Master's Programme)

Career opportunities

A MSc in Materials Science and Engineering will give you a broad range of job opportunities both in Norway and internationally.

"Reaching climate neutrality, circularity, healthy food-systems and sustainability in agriculture, transportation, construction, packaging, electronic appliances, as well as completing the transition to renewable energy sources are among the greatest challenges humanity is facing today. Scientific evidence shows that action on climate change must have an interconnected and systemic response and this is exactly where advanced materials can and must deliver solutions. To achieve these solutions, Europe must maximise the sustainability features of new advanced materials and their visibility using advanced digital technologies. Sustainable advanced materials are a key driver for innovation, creating new opportunities on multiple dimensions and sectors" The Materials 2030 Manifesto 

Enterprises within the following areas need materials scientists and engineers: 

  • Metallurgy
  • Coatings and corrosion prevention
  • Batteries
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Solar cells 
  • IT and consultancy
  • Transport/infrastructure
  • Research and development

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

In addition Norway will likely need over 2000 battery engineers by 2025. So if batteries are of interest, there is a lot of great job opportunities at companies like Freyr, Morrow and Beyonder. 

The engineering degree also means you are an attractive candidate for both IT and consultancy agencies like DNV, Sophra Steria, Visma etc. 

Also transportation companies like Vy, Bane Nor and public offices will need Material Scientists. 

It is possible to get to know potential employers through many different career days like Materialdagen (, during the studies. Here companies come to present their work and meet with the students. It is also possible to write project or master thesis in direct cooperation with businesses.


Further studies

Do you have passion for research?

If you want profound knowledge within one field of interest, maybe a PhD is something for you?

Paid education: With a degree in MSc in Materials Science and Engineering you can choose among the different PhD programmes offered by the Faculty of natural sciences.

The PhD programmes educate independent scientists on an international level in cooperation with both national and international research environments.

Read more about the relevant PhD programmes