Master of Materials Science and Engineering

What is the program about?

The Master Programme of Materials Science and Engineering pays great attention to the cultivation of students’ professional knowledge and engineering ability, covering broad research fields, such as:

  • Materials Science (metallic, ceramic and polymer materials) to investigate the relationship between chemical composition- structure-processing and properties;
  • Materials Engineering (casting, plastic forming and welding technologies) to shape the desired materials into parts or components with acceptable performance/cost ratio;
  • Materials Physics and Chemistry to research the chemical methods for synthesizing new materials or physical properties of functional materials; materials design and computational materials science are also available in this field;
  • Materials Packaging to investigate the packaging design, manufacture and mechanical test of industrial products. This is an interdisciplinary research field combining art design, materials processing, and computer simulation.

How to Graduate?

Credit Requirements

The total credits for the program are no less than 30, in which no less than 18 credits are for compulsory (core) courses.

Master’s Thesis

In the second year, the students must finish their master thesis, which is no less than 20,000 words in total, and defend it during the fourth term (In mid-May). The students must work closely with their advisor to define a focused topic and conduct the research. Graduates should also be bold and actively engaged in research activities, and strive to publish papers in academic journals.

Graduation Requirements

Before graduate students can be officially admitted to degree candidacy, they must fulfil at least one of the following requirements:

  • Publish an academic paper in relevant journals or academic conferences
  • Participate in and complete an engineering project and submit a summary report
  • Complete a phase of a development project and submit a summary report


How long does the program last?

The two-year master’s program will be fully taught in English and provide several different research directions. While Year One courses provide the fundamental knowledge of materials science and engineering, Year Two is for project research and thesis writing. The enrolled students may choose one of School’s research groups and one faculty supervisor who has overseas experience of more than one year.

The School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) offers core courses providing an essential knowledge of materials science and engineering, as well as recent progress in both new materials and new technologies. The optional courses, meanwhile, are of two modules based on the research direction, but students are encouraged to select inter-module courses. Upon the completion of the program, students will obtain a Master’s Degree in Engineering, recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Cost & Fees


Chinese Government Scholarship

Number of scholarships Assigned: 30

Standard of Scholarship: full scholarship, which covers tuition fee, accommodation fee, registration fee, and basic teaching materials fee;

Besides, medical insurance is covered, cost of living (RMB 1,700 per month for masters, 2,000 for doctors) is provided.

Entry Requirements

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering as well as good English communication ability. Applicants may also be accepted (1) who have a Bachelor's degree in physics or chemistry and have research experience related to materials science; or (2) who have a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and research experience related to materials processing.


Programme Courses:

Core Courses:

4 credits for the first four course; 5 credits for Series Lectures

Essentials of Materials Science and Engineering

This course aims to cultivate students’ ability to read English literature and books in materials science and engineering, which covers metallic materials, ceramic materials, polymer materials, composite materials and their shaping and control engineering (including liquid metals and costing technology, plastic forming and molding technology, and joint technology) etc. The reading speed is supposed to reach 80- 100 words per minute and a large number of vocabulary words are required as well.

Thermodynamic and Kinetic Principles of Materials

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, laws and equations in thermodynamic and kinetic processes of materials, which include energy and work, temperature, free energy, chemical activity, laws of thermodynamics, Fick’s laws of diffusion, chemical reaction, interface transport, carrier transport and drift processes, as well as nucleation and growth, etc. Overall, this course will provide basic knowledge of the design, preparation, and utilization of materials.

Introduction to Structure and Properties of Materials

This course aims to give an overall description of the microstructures, physical properties and characterization methods of Engineering and Advanced Materials. By detailed case studies from real research projects, it will help the students understand that the structure-property relationship is the cornerstone of Materials Research.

Phase Transformation in Materials

This course covers a variety of topics associated with the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations in materials. Topics to be covered include the various theories of nucleation, spinodal decomposition, grain growth, coarsening, order-disorder transformations, precipitation, and solidification. Lectures illustrate a range of examples and applications based on metals, ceramics, and electronic materials.

Serials Lectures of Advanced Materials and Technologies

This course features 10 distinguished professors who will deliver a 2-hour interactive lecture accordingly. The course will cover the topics of international R&D from both new materials and advanced technologies perspectives.

Optional Courses:

Optional Courses for materials science, materials physics, and chemistry

Access to Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits)

This course aims to give the participants a basic understanding of statistical methods with special emphasis on revealing the structure of multidimensional data. The participants are expected to learn basic concepts and knowledge of multivariate data analysis. At the same time, the participants can assess normal approaches, Principle Components Analysis (PCA), Multiple Linear Regression (MLR), Principal Components Regression (PCR), and Partial Least Squares (PLS), to deal with data samples. Lastly, it enables them to use a standard statistical computer program (Unscramble, CAMO) and to interpret the output and relate it to the course curriculum. The course will be evaluated via group work report and final oral examination.

High-Performance Composite Materials (3 credits)

With an introduction of virtually all aspects of the technology of composite materials as used in aeronautical design and structure, this course aims to enable students to describe the relation of the structures of composite materials to improvements in strength and toughness; to understand and interpret the influence of materials processing on the microstructure and properties of metallic, ceramic, and polymers; to select appropriate materials and processing routes for the realization of engineering design goals based on property and performance characteristics; to operate modern instruments; to apply their fundamental knowledge of materials science and to be able to present and report own experimental works/results.

Advanced Ceramics (3 credits)

This course systematically teaches preparation, performance, toughening and strengthening of advanced ceramic materials, focusing on structures and properties and other related contents. It consists of five academic staff with overseas experience, each staff member focusing on one or two aspects. The textbook of this course was compiled mainly by excerpting contents from international influential papers, textbooks, and monographs, which guarantees the advanced nature of the original teaching materials. The teaching activities of this course, combined with domestic status, will be based on original foreign teaching materials, emphasizing the combination of science and engineering and will reach domestic leading level.

Advanced Polymer Science and Technology (3 credits)

This course mainly teaches the principles of thermodynamics of polymer solution and the methods of testing polymer molecular weight as well as the relationship between solid-state polymer properties with chain structures and movement. Besides, it aims to further develop students’ concepts of polymer viscoelasticity and rubber by examples, concepts of polymer degradation and progress of related issues about polymer and environment by references self-consulting, concepts of additives, blends and composites, especially the related issues about rubber systems, concepts of biopolymers by references self-consulting and their concepts of rheometry and polymer processing by referring to related works.

New Methods for Polymer Synthesis (3 credits)

The course aims to provide the students with a high-level overview of up-to-date synthesis methods for polymers in both theoretical and practical aspects. Synthesis methods introduced include living polymerization (anion, cationic and free radical), plasma polymerization, “click” chemistry in polymer science, polymerization in supercritical CO2 and the design and synthesis of dendritic polymers and hyperbranched polymers. Equipped with the synthetic strategies and their current applications, students can develop reasonable and practical synthesis schemes for certain structures with target molecular weight and polydispersity index, also to predict how a given polymer could possibly be organized into a secondary or even higher-order structure. The students will gain a substantial insight into the problems associated with synthesizing polymers, proving their molecular structure, determining their molecular weight, and their application based on the structure and properties.

Test and Analysis Methods for Materials (4 credits)

This course aims to give students both lectures and skill operation of main equipment and instrument used in materials science, like SEM, FESEM, TEM, HRTEM, XRD, EP and so on.

Functional Materials (4 credits)

Functional materials are the matters with unique physical or chemical properties, and they exhibit essential applications in the fields of electrics, magnetics, optics, acoustics, energy, information, etc. This course introduces the categories, applications, properties, working principles, synthesis and developing trends, and focuses on the relationship between the properties and the intrinsic structures of functional materials, which can help the students understand the origin of the special functions, and train their capability on analyzing and solving problems. On the other hand, this course can provide the opportunity of accessing the frontiers of materials research, and build a sound base for the development of the new materials in the future.

Engineering Materials (4 credits)

This course is designed to help students develop problem-solving abilities in areas such as materials evaluation and selection, materials processes selection and materials testing. It prepares students to work with current engineering materials as well as with new and/or improved technologies that influence many aspects of engineering materials technology.

Materials Chemistry (4 credits)

This course aims to give the participants a basic understanding of materials with a special view on where chemistry plays a leading role in the contemporary development and application of the new materials. The course will cover different structural aspects composing colloids system, conducting polymers, graphene, Au nanoparticles and self-assembled monolayers. The course will reveal how the mechanical, conducting and optical properties of materials related to their inner factors such as crystallinity, molecular structure, and micro/nanostructure by introducing the theory of band theory, crystal chemistry, polymer science, materials synthesis and advanced characterization techniques of UV, electrochemical approaches, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy. The participants are expected to learn those basic concepts and knowledge after learning this course. At the same time, lecture material will be supported by laboratory work.

Optional Courses for materials engineering, packaging materials, and containers

Thermo-Welding of Physics (3 credits)

In this course, the fundamental theory of heat and mass transfer in materials thermal processing is introduced; analytic and numerical simulation methodologies are studied; the present situation and trends in heat flow and fluid dynamics in weld pool and keyhole are reviewed. The students will become familiar with the special terminologies in the field of materials thermal processing, and raise their level of reading original English books and listening & speaking the English language.

Principles and Technologies of Welding (3 credits)

This course aims to help students study the application of physical principles in engineering of arc welding processes and equipment, understand how the physical laws affect the observed phenomenon in welding processes, be in a better position to predict the effects of welding variable changes on behavior of metal transfer and weld pool, and understand the feature and design of electrical power supplies and systems for advanced arc welding process.

Welding Inspection and Controlling (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students master knowledge in areas of welding defect as well as the influence factors and quality control of welding; the principle, method, equipment, and application of X-ray, γ-ray nondestructive testing; the generation and transmission of ultrasonic; the basic principle and method of ultrasonic testing. In addition, students can grab the understanding of the principle, method, and application of magnetic particle testing and liquid penetration testing.

Theories and Technologies of Surface Engineering (3 credits)

This course provides students with knowledge about surface modification technologies and their application in surface engineering. Surface Engineering is a multidisciplinary activity intended to tailor the properties of the surfaces of engineering components so that their function and serviceability can be improved. Surface engineering is relevant to all types of products. It can increase performance, reduce costs and control surface properties independently of the substrate, offering enormous potential.

The course, therefore, offers students a physical background of thermal spraying processes and laser surface modification processes, a description of coatings characterization techniques and an up-to-date review of the coatings properties.

Sheet Metal Forming: Theory and technology (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to assist students in understanding the theory of metal forming plasticity and how to apply the theory to the elements of common sheet metal forming processes. Elastic and plastic stress-strain relations, yield criteria and flow rules are introduced. Bending, stretching, drawing and hydroforming of simple shapes are analyzed. The limits governing each process, the effects of hardening, strain rate, and anisotropy are also identified. It is assumed that the student is familiar with stress and strain and the mathematical manipulations presented in standard texts on the basic mechanics of solids. The aim of this course is to bring students as quickly as possible to the Credits where they can analyse simple cases of common sheet metal forming processes.

Fundamentals of Solidification (4 credits)

This course presents a picture of the majority of solidification phenomena that control the formation of microstructures. Solidification phenomena play an important role in many processes used in a wide range of fields, from production engineering to solid-state physics. Simple models have been developed to attempt to aid understanding of this complex subject. In the text, there is a broad range of solidification models to look at, from large tonnage of continuously cast products, through superalloy precision casting, to high-purity single crystals. This course is aimed at being useful for students and experienced engineers alike. The students will confident when delving further into solidification-related subjects, and that the experienced foundryman will also find some thought-provoking points.

Mechanical Properties of Materials (4 credits)

The course is to lecture the essentials of mechanical properties of metallic materials such as dislocation, plastic deformation and strengthening mechanism of materials and is also to introduce the test procedure for each mechanical property, including hardness, tensile or bending strength, fatigue, impact toughness and creep of materials. A number of examples are given to test or analyses the common engineering materials. As useful analysis method for the test results, the fracture and mechanical behaviors are considered in the course too. Finally, a simple knowledge and test methods for polymers and ceramics are also presented in the course.

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (4 credits)

The aim of the course is to introduce the professional vocabularies, basic technical terms and scientific expressions related to material processing theory and technology (including casting, forming and welding). During the course, basic fundamentals of metal processes and modern processing technologies will be presented, for example, the structure of the metal, physics of welding, welding energy, mechanical properties of materials, metal forming, casting processes of metals, etc. Through the course, the students will gain the ability or skill for scientific reading, understanding and describe practical engineering problems. In addition, the students’ level of English listening, writing, oral expression and communicating will be improved.

Metal Matrix Composites (4 credits)

The course of Metal Matrix Composites surveys the latest achievements and development possibilities of metal matrix composites as a custom-made engineering and functional materials for automotive and aerospace industry. The basic but key points of MMC is introduced like wettability, interface, and mechanism of reinforcement and manufacture and application of several typical MMCs are described, involving performs used for a light-metal matrix, Al-MMC in the combustion engine and production by a thermal coating process. The course is to focus on the mechanical behavior of the interface factors, especially on fatigue properties. Finally, powder metallurgical manufacture, spray forming as well as noble and nonferrous MMCs is represented briefly.

Program taught in:
  • English

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