A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The Master graduate in Materials Science and Engineering
- Has a broad knowledge of mathematics, science, technology, and computer science, as a basis for understanding methods, applications, professional advancement, and adaptations.
- Has broad engineering- and research-based knowledge of materials science and engineering, with in-depth knowledge within a more limited area connected to active research, including sufficient professional insight, making use of new research results
- Has insight into selected social sciences, humanities, and other non-technical disciplines of relevance to the exercise of the engineering profession and, as a basis, develop a broad perspective on the engineering discipline’s role and challenges in the society.
- Have advanced knowledge of key experimental methods within the chosen specialization
HP1 Metal production, refining and recycling
K-HP1 -1 Have detailed knowledge of the sustainable manufacturing, refining, and recycling processes used in the metal and material producing industry, i.e., pyro- and hydrometallurgy, including electric, carbothermic, metallothermic, hydrogen-based, and electrolytical processes as well as aspects related to circular economy
K-HP1-2 Have in-depth insight and understanding of heterogeneous reactions and what determines chemical equilibrium, and how this can be described by thermodynamic functions and phase diagrams
K-HP1-3 Have advanced knowledge of industrial relevant kinetics and transport phenomena, as well as heat- and mass transport for single- and multiphase systems.
HP2 Materials development and use
K-HP2-1 Have comprehensive knowledge about development of advanced materials (composites, nanostructured materials and alloys), material selection and sustainable development, including further development and use of construction materials
K-HP2-2 Have extensive insight in the microstructure and chemical composition of materials and their connection to materials properties and production processes.
K-HP2-3 Have advanced knowledge within several of the following areas: corrosion, fracture mechanics, metallographic- and electron optical methods, mechanical properties of metals, fatigue, selected functional properties, casting, joining, polymers, tribology, phase transformations, crystallography, crystal plasticity, metal shaping and numerical materials modelling
HP3 Functional materials
K-HP3-1 Have advanced theoretical and practical knowledge connected to several of the most relevant functional and nanostructured materials for piezo- and ferroelectrics,future electronics, photovoltaic (solar) cells, gas separation membranes, thermoelectrics, bioapplications, and novel topological materials.
K-HP3-2 Have advanced knowledge within one or more of the following: i) chemical thermodynamics of solid-state materials, ii) structural and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, hybrid materials, and composites, iii) electronic structure and functional properties of solids, iv) computational methods for modelling of structural and functional properties.
HP4 Energy storage: batteries and hydrogen
K-HP4-1 Have detailed knowledge of laboratory and industrial manufacturing of key components in batteries and/or hydrogen technology systems, including cell assemblies.
K-HP4-2 Have advanced knowledge of materials that have key roles in electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies with emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy solutions.
K-HP4-3 Have advanced knowledge on energy and mass balances in components and material production processes relevant for energy storage applications.
The Master graduate in Materials Science and Engineering:
- Understands the role of engineering in a comprehensive societal perspective, has insight into the ethical challenges and considerations concerning sustainable development, has the ability to analyse ethical problems connected to engineering tasks, and contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities.
- Has the ability to disseminate and communicate engineering problems and/or solutions to specialists and the general public.
- Has the ability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Understands possibilities and limitations of using information and communication technology, including juridical and societal aspects.
Is able to lead and motivate co-workers, as well as have an international perspective on their profession, and develop an ability towards international orientation and cooperation.
The Master graduate in Materials Science and Engineering
- Can define, model, and break down complex materials engineering problems, as well as choose relevant models and methods, and carry out calculations, finding solutions independently and critically.
- Can develop comprehensive solutions to materials engineering problems, including the ability to develop solutions in an inter-disciplinary context, independently carry out engineering research and development projects, under academic supervision.
- Is able to advance and adapt professionally and develop professional competence on their own initiative.
- Can work with improvement and further development of materials production processes, either individually or in collaboration with a research group
HP1 Sustainable metal production, refining and recycling
S-HP1-1 Can calculate the energy consumption for relevant metallurgic processes and evaluate the reduction of energy consumption and methods for energy recovery
S-HP1-2 Can calculate industrial mass and heat flows in metallurgic industrial processes
S-HP1-3 Can calculate and control the composition of the end products and evaluate energy and environmental impacts on metallurgical industrial processes
HP2 Material Development and Use
S-HP2-1 Can select the right types of materials, joining methods and corrosion prevention measures for different usage and operating conditions
S-HP2-2 Can inspect, investigate and perform relevant experiments and calculations on materials and their properties, independently or in collaboration with a research group, to arrive at a suitable material selection and treatment for specified usage condition
HP3 Functional Materials
S-HP3-1 Can tailor functionality of materials for future applications by selecting suitable preparation techniques.
S-HP3-2 Can analyse and evaluate the relationship between atomic and electronic structure and functional properties for selected functional materials.
S-HP3-3 Can characterize materials with respect to structural and functional properties such as crystal structure, phase transitions, electronic and ionic conductivity, di-, ferro- and piezoelectricity thermal properties and surface properties.
S-HP3-4 Can perform advanced calculations and/or simulation of structure-property relations on multiple length scales for selected functional materials.
HP4 Energy Storage: Batteries and Hydrogen
S-HP4-1 Can calculate thermodynamic properties and apply thermodynamic models to analyse experimental data relevant for energy storage applications.
S-HP4-2 Can determine energy conversion efficiency and basic performance propertiesfor batteries and hydrogen components.
S-HP4-3 Can apply experimental and/or simulation methods to design, synthesise and characterize materials, as well as integrate and test materials in energy storage devices.
S-HP4-4 Can perform and identify experimental characterization techniques relevant for batteries and/or hydrogen components.