SYLLABUS. Structure.

Overview of the syllabus

In line with the objectives of the master’s degree, the syllabus has been structured in two parts, as well as completion of an end-of-degree project.

  • Mandatory study of the basis of materials science and engineering, involving 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits
  • Optional study of a specialist module, involving 30 credits
  • A mandatory Master's Thesis, entailing 30 credits

The specialist part is currently offered through the following two itineraries:

  • Master in Materials engineering with specialisation in Structural Materials
  • Master in Materials engineering with specialisation in Functional materials

The following document provides a quick overview of the syllabus. For convenience of prospective students, it includes links with the description of the subjects.

Structure of the master explained in a slide.

a) The basis of materials science and engineering

This will be oriented to the main activities of the materials engineer: those of identifying, designing and fabricating, as well as making use of and managing, materials. This core module will involve 30 credits.

b) The specialist part (itinerary)

This will be of a specific and applied nature in which four programmes will group homogenous areas of study. Each one will receive 30 credits.

c) Master's Thesis

This will be carried out upon completion of the specialist part. It will involve 30 credits.

All the modules will include laboratory work performed individually, individual and group assignments presented orally, use of information technology (IT) tools and databases, and research.

While some parts of the degree may be taught in either English or Spanish, students will be permitted to follow a syllabus taught entirely in English.

Placements obtained in industry and at technology centres, as well as courses attended at other higher education institutions located in Spain or in other countries, are planned for the second semester and aligned with the end-of-degree project.

Temporal sequence of the Master's degree

The temporal sequence of the master is as follows:

  • The basis of materials science and engineering will be studied in the first semester.
  • The specialist part will be studied in the second semester.
  • The Master's Thesis project will be a semester-long assignment, it starts the third semester although it is offered in both semesters to enable students who have mitigating circumstances to organise their time. The project may not be formally presented until the necessary credits from the first two parts of the degree have been obtained.


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