Materials Science and Engineering

Mastering matter.

The Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering integrate fundamental knowledge of materials synthesis and processing, materials microstructure and materials properties of polymers, ceramics, metals and alloys, and composites.

This knowledge is then used to improve the performance of engineered products and to design unique new materials for next-generation applications, such as optical and electronic materials and biomaterials with emphasis on sustainable development.

Program’s objectives

The EPFL Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering provides students with deep scientific and technical knowledge that allows them to grasp the structure of matter down to the atomic scale. Students understand the relationship between microstructure and the structural and functional properties of materials and master the design, transformation and fabrication of materials for cutting-edge technological applications.

This program opens the door to many career paths in industry or in research, and is a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue a PhD degree in Materials Science or a related field.

It also offers ideal training for the innovative application of advanced materials in areas such as bio- and nanotechnology, aeronautics, metallurgy, electronics, food industry, watch industry and sports equipment. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, this program is an ideal complement to Bachelor’s degrees in other engineering sectors, as it offers the opportunity to expand professional fields.

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, or from another institution with an excellent academic record.

A Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Life Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Microengineering or other related fields with an excellent academic record can also be considered. However, candidates must demonstrate skills in materials science. Additional credits to fill any gaps may be required.

Further information about admission criteria

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Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science MSc in Materials Science and Engineering. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF qualified Engineer.

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To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

0041 21 693 68 01

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