Master's programme in Engineering Materials Science

The master’s programme in Engineering Materials Science is characterised by a cross-functional approach, focusing on both the understanding and study of current materials, processes and applications, as well as the development of new materials and processes. The programme offers specialisation in three tracks: Industrial Materials, Materials and Process Design and Sustainable Materials.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

16 October 2018: Application opens
15 January 2019: Application deadline
1 February 2019: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
4 April 2019: Notification of selection results
August 2019: Arrival and start of studies

Information for newly admitted students

Engineering Materials Science at KTH

Track Industrial Materials (IMTA)

Industrial Materials has a focus on both Process Science (process), metallurgy and principles for the production of metals including industrial processes in terms of economic and recycling perspective, Materials Design (structure), in terms of designing structure and mechanical properties of materials using theory in thermodynamics and kinetics, and Materials Properties (properties), fundamental knowledge of mechanical metallurgy and metal forming mechanics.

Through the choice of courses, the student may decide to specialise in Materials Design, Process Science or, preferably a combination of both areas. However, topics like casting, metal forming, powder metallurgy (additive manufacturing), experimental methods, quantum metallurgy (ab initio), team leadership, project management, economic process analyses and product innovation, combustion in industrial processes and energy and materials sustainability, corrosion and surface protection are all vital parts of the programme. This gives the education both a large width as well as knowledge and skills with a deep technical depth. This track is intended for students with a solid background in Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgy.

Track Materials and Process Design (MDNA)

Materials and Process Design has, like Industrial Materials, a focus on metallic materials, processes, structure and properties. The track has an arrangement involving introductory courses in the first semester, which means that the track can be followed by students without prior in-depth materials or metallurgical knowledge. Through the choice of courses, the student may decide to specialise in Materials Design, Process Science or within a combination of both areas. This track is intended for students with a great interest in Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgy, and with a prior background in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Chemistry or Engineering Physics.

Track Sustainable Materials (SUMA)

Sustainable Materials has, like Industrial Materials its main focus on metallic materials, processes, structure and properties but as well on substitution/replacement and recycling process technology with a sustainable cycle-based approach to raw materials (circular economy). The track involves courses within innovation and entrepreneurship, recycling, and in designing products for sustainability (eco-design). This track is intended for students with a background in Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy or Mechanical Engineering.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).

Topics covered

Process metallurgy, physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, materials design, process design, thermodynamics, kinetics, experimental methods, functional materials.



Students graduating from the programme are in great demand in the Stockholm area as well as in the rest of the Sweden, Europe and the world. There are many job opportunities in sectors that are directly associated with metallurgy – such as iron, steel and other metal producing industries (powder metallurgy, hard metal etc.). However as a material specialist with an outstanding knowledge about metals you will find that your knowledge is of importance in the automotive industry, manufacturing industry, aerospace industry, companies in the energy sector, the public sector, the environmental sector or private enterprises.

The programme also provides a solid scientific foundation for further research studies at KTH or abroad after graduating.

After graduation

Product Developer, Process Developer, Materials Specialist, Project Manager.


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"My professors want me to succeed and learn, not just to get a passing grade."

Alice Moya Nunez, Chile

Meet the students

Faculty and research

Materials science deals with the relationship between behaviour - properties - structure-production. Therefore, the research spans several different areas of science such as quantum mechanics, solution chemistry, corrosion theory, metallurgy of steel and other metals, foundry technology, ceramics, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, energy, fracture mechanics and materials.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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