Both options offer students two possibilities: either an advanced programme of materials sciences or a more broad approach (by choosing a Minor) which – next to a thorough study of materials science – gives the opportunity to specialise in one of the following fields: Management, Environment and Sustainable Development, Automotive Production Engineering.
Graduates (Masters in Materials Engineering) –like all other engineers (Masters in Engineering)– have a wide range of possibilities. The demand for engineers (MSc in Engineering) exceeds the number of graduates available including material science engineers. Graduates have careers in industry, public service or scientific research. Fundamental and applied scientific research concentrates on the properties, the behaviour, the processing and the production of different types of materials, such as metals, synthetic materials, ceramics, composites and ‘new’ materials. Others analyse and optimise existing or new production and processing methods. Researchers can work in academic and industrial research centres. In industry, material science engineers have technical, commercial or management positions.
Traditional and new important industrial sectors for experts in materials are: the metal industry, both production and processing such as recycling of metals, assembly plants, chemical companies (corrosion or process engineer and material selection), machine manufacturers, micro-electronics companies (semiconductors), supervisory bodies and expertise centres (material properties and study of insurance claims) …
Material science engineers often work together with mechanical engineers, architects or chemists but have a specific complementary profile which is of vital importance in the implementation of engineering projects. Textiles and polymers also belong to materials engineering. The textile and clothing sector is still one of the main industries. Innovation and development of advanced products for new markets and the application of new technologies are essential for a healthy industry. This requires an increasing number of Masters in Engineering with a specialisation in Materials Engineering. They hold leading positions in the development, production and sale of yarns and fabrics, often for technical applications e.g. in the medical industry, automotive, for safety and protection. Finally, synthetic materials are used in almost all industries, from beverages and food to foams, electronics, pharmacy, medicine, agriculture, transport (e.g. composites) etc. In these industries opportunities are available for material science engineers as well.