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Materials science

Materials make up everything around us and their properties are critical to all applications. Almost every aspect of modern society is touched by technology made possible by advances in materials. The study of materials is based on the relationship between the properties of a material (which determine its functionality), its structure and the way in which the material is assembled.

Materials science is inherently multidisciplinary and includes subjects from both basic sciences and engineering, and from physics and chemistry.

The goal of the Master's programme is to produce well-rounded materials scientists who are able to apply the principles of materials science for carrying out engineering and/or research projects. The programme emphasizes application of advanced technologies in materials science. The close proximity to large-scale facilities and excellent materials science research groups provides excellent opportunities for inspiring Master's thesis research projects.

Career prospects

Materials science is an important field for a variety of science and engineering fields and graduates get jobs in fields ranging from industry to research laboratories in areas such as astrophysics, communications, life sciences, energy-related materials and at facilities such as the MAX IV Laboratory (the world-leading synchrotron, operating since 2016) or the European Spallation Source (ESS, under construction). Both these large research laboratories are located in Lund and require trained staff with a good knowledge of experimental techniques in materials science.

The programme has some required core courses but the student can choose freely among courses in physics, chemistry and engineering. Lund University expertise in surface physics, nanoscience, microscopy and synchrotron based methods is reflected in the many courses and interesting Master's theses. Graduates of the programme wil be well qualified for PhD programmes in physics and physical chemistry.

Admission requrements

A BA/BSc in physics or similar, with a minimum of 90 ECTS credits in physics and/or physical chemistry, including basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, and a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in mathematics.

English B (advanced) is also requred (see admission requirements for details on English proficiency levels).

Elective courses may have more specific requirements, please see individual course information.