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Materials Science & Engineering

The University of Twente is well-known and recognised in the field of Materials Science and engineering. 

Materials science research and development forms an important cornerstone in the improvement and development of new materials and processes. Advances in materials have paved the way for interesting and ground-breaking changes in many fields of science and technology. 

At the University of Twente, a large amount of top-level research and education in the field of materials science and engineering is available as part of different study and research programmes.  

Materials Science Education

Do you want to learn and work across disciplines within the field of materials science? Do you want to benefit from top facilities, such as the world-famous Nanolab and MESA+ institute? And do you want to learn from the best scientists in the field of materials science?

Then the multidisciplinary master programme Materials Science and Engineering might be the right fit for you. This programme has a strong emphasis on the development of materials science and engineering skills at the interface of chemistry, applied physics and mechanical engeering. This is where fundamental and more applied research meet. 

What is a multidisciplinary master specialisation?

A multidisciplinary master programme builds a bridge between two (or more) master's programmes and allows you to transcend disciplinary boundaries and completely immerse yourself in the research field of your interest. You follow a joint core programme, consisting of essential courses from all the master‘s programmes involved, and you complete your programme with electives to specialise further in the field of your choice.

Why Study Materials Science & Engineering?

  • Learn and work across disciplines

    Whether you have a background in Applied Physics, Chemical Science & Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, if you have an interest in the field of materials science and you do not want to limit yourself to one single discipline, Materials Science & Engineering is the right match for you.

    Here, fundamental and more applied research meet, allowing you to develop a broader understanding of the fundamental aspects of materials and the application of this knowledge in (industrially) relevant areas.

  • You have access to world-class research facilities

    The multidisciplinary master programme Materials Science & Engineering offers you access to world-class labs and state-of-the-art facilities, such as the world-renowned Nanolab and MESA+ Institute. An exciting research environment and the best academic training in the world are therefore guaranteed!

  • Work together with top researchers on real-life cases

    The University of Twente is a leader in the field of materials science & engineering. We offer a truly multidisciplinary environment in which you and your fellow students, together with junior and senior staff can develop in the rapidly developing research domain of materials science. Numerous world-class research groups are involved in the Materials Science & Engineering programme. You get the opportunity to work alongside our researchers and learn directly from them. 

    The following research clusters and departments are involved: 

  • You can tailor your own study programme

    Your study programme is not all fixed. There is quite some flexibility in composing a curriculum that meets your specific interests.

    Of course, you have to take a set of compulsory courses. What these compulsory courses are, depends on the Master’s programme you are enrolled in (Applied Physics, Chemical Science & Engineering or Mechanical Engineering).  

    In addition, you can choose from a wide range of specialisation and elective courses. In your second year, you will be doing a compulsory internship at a company or organisation outside the UT, providing you with some valuable work experience. Mark Huijben
“We do research in order to provide the best possible education. In my own lessons, I often use examples from my own research, for example on the use of batteries or solar cells. I show my students things they understand, practical examples work best.”

Are You Admissible?

With a Bachelor’s in Applied Physics, Chemical Science & Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, you are generally directly admissible to this programme. You register for the Master that corresponds to your bachelor's degree. 

So: if you have a bachelor's degree in Applied Physics, you sign up for the Master Applied Physics. Upon enrolment, you opt for the multidisciplinary programme Materials Science & Engineering. 

Career Opportunities

With this multidisciplinary programme you will be an asset to all kinds of industries looking for experts at designing and developing new materials or products. UT alumni with a degree in Materials Science & Engineering currently work in various sectors, such as the chemical, metals, sustainable energy, water purification, cosmetics or pharmaceutical sector.

Continue as a Researcher: Obtain a PhD

Instead of pursuing a professional career in materials science and engineering right away after obtaining your master’s, you can opt to follow a PhD programme at Twente Graduate School (TGS). This involves spending four years studying a particular research area in-depth at one of our research institutes. Obtaining your PhD will earn you the title of Doctor (Dr).

Master's Programmes with Materials Science

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  • Applied Physics

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English
    Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.
  • Chemical Science & Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English3 specialisations
    Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

    3 specialisations for Chemical Science & Engineering

    Chemical and Process Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English
    The Chemical & Process Engineering (C&PE) specialization focuses on developing processes that function as effectively as possible within their technological, economic and ecological boundaries.

    Materials Science & Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English
    Materials Science & Engineering is a multi-disciplinary specialisation with a strong emphasis on the development of materials and science and engineering skills.

    Molecules and Materials Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English
    The Molecular & Materials Engineering specialization focuses on the design, preparation, processing, application and analysis of novel molecules and materials with high-tech properties.
  • Mechanical Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English7 specialisations
    Mechanical engineers focus on the design, analyses and maintenance of machinery, structures and products. The Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.

    7 specialisations for Mechanical Engineering


    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    The Aeronautics specialisation at UT aims to educate versatile mechanical engineers, well-equipped to contribute to new fundamental knowledge of aerodynamics.

    Design & Manufacturing

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialisation can guide the student in becoming a specialist in the design, maintenance and optimization of large systems, such as entire factories and supply chains.

    Energy & Flow

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialisation focuses on the development of sustainable energy systems, efficient processes and high-performance innovative equipment, and minimal environmental impact.

    High-Tech Systems & Materials

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialization includes an emphasis on mechanics, control, materials and processes. These skills are indispensable to create new materials (composites), products and manufacturing processes.

    Maintenance Engineering & Operations

    MSc2 yearsFull-time100% English
    The MEO specialization focuses on improving the maintenance of technical systems, using research into design methods, physical failure mechanisms, structural health and condition monitoring.

    Personalised Health Technology

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    The Master’s specialisation Personalised Health Technology integrates several mechanical engineering disciplines to analyse, simulate and support aspects of human functioning.


    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    In this specialisation you will combine Mechanical Engineering with other technical disciplines, such as electrical engineering, software programming and biomedical engineering.