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MH1030 Materials Design I 7.5 credits

The course introduces you to the field of materials and provides an insight into your upcoming professional role. In introductory lectures, material design and choice of materials as well as the relationships between structure and properties of the different material groups of metals, ceramics, polymers and fiber-based materials are presented. In the course, you are also engaged in a materials selection project. Other elements included are project work with group dynamics etc. as well as oral and written technical reporting.

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1030 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Part 1: Introduction

-  Introduction to material design

-  Introduction to performance-characteristics-structure-production for engineering materials and functional materials

-  Lab exercise in material design

-  Introduction to choice of material

-  Lab exercise in choice of material

-  Introduction to material from an environmental and sustainability perspective

-  Lab exercise in materials from an environmental and sustainability perspective

Part 2: Project Work

-   Information retrieval and referencing

-   Introduction to written and oral technical reporting

-   Project planning

-   Materials science project work in groups

-   Oral presentation of materials science project

-   Written reporting of materials science project

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Define, give an account of and describe basic concepts in material design
  • Define, give an account of, and describe basic concepts in choice of material
  • Describe relationships between performance-characteristics-structure-production for engineering materials and functional materials.
  • Describe and discuss sustainable development in material design
  • Search, retrieve, refer and evaluate information from different sources
  • Plan and carry out a project in groups and present it written and oral
  • Apply and justify choices of material for simple applications/final products

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entry requirements to higher education in Sweden

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Mikael Ersson (