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 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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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, and functional materials.

Courses in the programme


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. Graduates from the programme can be found at companies such as Sandvik, SSAB, Outokumpu, Swerim and Scania. 

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.

"At KTH the student learns the concepts from real projects. Even the lectures are highly interactive, and this enables a better understanding of the topic."

Jubica, India

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Engineering Materials Science are:

7. Affordable and Clean Energy
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
13. Climate Action

Affordable and Clean Energy: Access to energy is a prerequisite for achieving many of the sustainable development goals set by the UN. Materials play an important role in meeting the strong demand for renewable energy, for example engineering and functional materials for harvesting energy from the sun, wind and waves in the oceans. In the master’s programme in Engineering Materials Science you can take courses where you learn how to design materials for such applications. 

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: The present and future challenges we face in achieving the UN sustainable development goals require an industry which can rely on sustainable energy production, which works with continuous improvements throughout their organisation and which is willing to take risks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society. Achieving this relies on trained engineers in many different fields, including materials science. The master’s programme in Engineering Materials Science prepares students for taking a leading role in change and research projects. 

Climate Action: Climate change poses a clear and present danger for our planet. An important part of the actions against climate change is reducing CO2 emissions. When you take the master’s programme in Engineering Materials Science, you will learn about and meet researchers working in the HYBRIT project, which has the goal of enabling fossil-free steel production.

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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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2020. Apply before 15 January.

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