Master of Materials Engineering

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Materials Engineering

The Master of Materials Engineering recognizes that materials change the world. Each engineering design needs to be ‘materialised’: smart phones, implants, solar cells, aircrafts, cars, bridges, all of it. Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare, and that will increasingly be the case in the future, with an increased need to use resources wisely and contribute to a sustainable world.

The program is geared towards educating young people who want to participate in the development of materials solutions as researchers or production engineers. It focuses on basic concepts as well as on emerging trends in materials engineering and covers the study of materials properties and structures, optimising processing routes, manufacturing as well as evaluation of final products. You will have ample opportunity to develop strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities, for example through case studies and projects, and you will have frequent contact with industrial partners through plant visits, practical exercises and/or internships. In the master’s thesis, you will apply your knowledge to a research topic of choice, usually embedded in a cutting-edge research project in cooperation with other institutions or industrial companies.

The master aims at educating you so that you will be able to design new materials and make sustainable choices, both in an industrial and academic environment. These capabilities will be based on a thorough understanding and use of the relationships between the internal structure (crystal structure, microstructure, architecture) of materials, their properties (mechanical, electrical, chemical) and their processing (the materials triangle).

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Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. There are three ways to be admitted to the program:

Direct admission, on the basis of a relevant degree obtained in the Flemish Community. You can check the list of relevant program here.

After a preparatory program, which is meant for students that obtained a degree at an institution of the Flemish Community that does not give immediate access to this program. You can check the list of program that require a preparatory or bridging program here.

After an admission process, which is meant for students that obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community. They have to meet the conditions below.

Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an

  • IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).
  • The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
  • For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
  • The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Stage 1

Materials Families

  • Advanced Metal Processing & Case Studies
  • Metals: Production and Recycling
  • Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy

Methods and Techniques

  • Materials Characterisation Techniques I
  • Materials Modelling and Simulation Techniques


  • Surface Science and Engineering


  • Design and Analysis of Experimentation
  • Project Work and Problem Solving linked to the Core Courses: Part I
  • Project Work and Problem Solving Linked to the Core Courses: Part II

Metals and Ceramics

  • Metals: Shaping and Joining

Polymers and Composites

  • Composites Manufacturing
  • Mechanics of Heterogeneous Materials
  • Polymer Processing


  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Semiconductor Devices


  • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of Macromolecules
  • Biomaterials
  • Host Response to Implanted Materials
  • Next Generation Biomaterials

Stage 2

Methods and Techniques

Sustainable Materials Management


  • Materials Physics and Technology for Nanoelectronics
  • Adhesion Science and Engineering
  • Quality Control and Advanced Non-Destructive Testing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where materials play a decisive role. Examples are the materials making and processing industries, nanotechnology, chemical industry, automotive and aerospace, but also the biomedical sector.

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