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Study materials engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying materials engineering as an international student.

Materials engineering degrees abroad

Material engineers apply their knowledge of material properties to engineering designs and projects.

As a materials engineering student, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the structure and behaviors of different materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, and biomaterials. You’ll explore how materials perform in different environmental conditions, and consider how they could be used to develop problem-solving technologies and products.

The engineering industry is a global one, and the expertise of materials engineers are highly-prized across the world. By studying abroad, you’ll gain an international perspective that’ll help you kickstart a career anywhere you choose.

Materials engineering program structure

Bachelor’s degrees require at least three years of full-time study, but completing an industrial placement as part of your BEng will increase your total program length to four years. Placements allow you to put your skills into practice and network with experts in the field.

Universities in the US follow the liberal arts model, so you’ll take general education classes alongside your materials engineering major. Undergraduate programs in the US take four years to finish.

Students wishing to work in research, development, or education can gain specialist knowledge through a postgraduate degree. A master’s program generally takes one or two years to complete, while a PhD adds a further five or so years to your studies.

Teaching is mainly delivered through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and computer labs. Assessment methods vary between modules, but research projects, exams, presentations, written assignments, and computer-based tests are common.

Every university’s program content will be slightly different depending on the elective modules offered. However, most institutions cover these core areas:

  • Fundamentals of materials science
  • Design for structural applications
  • Design for functional applications
  • Modeling materials behavior
  • Physics of materials
  • Microstructures of materials
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Structure of solids

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Materials engineering study abroad programs

Materials engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in materials engineering

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    Materials Science and Engineering - BEng Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Nuclear Science and Materials - BSc University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Materials Engineering - BSc University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Materials Science - BSc/BSc (Tech) University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,795 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Technology (Education) in Materials and Engineering Technology - BTech University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,986 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in materials engineering

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    Materials Engineering Technology - Dip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,110 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Materials engineering graduate programs

Master's in materials engineering

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    Materials Science and Engineering - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Materials Research - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Materials Science and Nanotechnology - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Materials Science and Engineering - MEngSc University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,800 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in materials engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering - Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Science of Advanced Materials - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Materials Science and Engineering - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Chemistry and Materials Science - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,406 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Future materials engineering careers

As a materials engineering student, you’ll graduate with the tools needed to shape a forward-thinking and exciting career.

Your technical and professional skills can be transferred across several sectors, including manufacturing, research and development, education, and technology. Here are some of the job prospects available to you:

  • Materials engineer
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Materials tester
  • Aerospace engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Design engineer
  • Metallurgist

Adding practical, real-world experience to your CV is sure to grab the attention of recruiters. The majority of universities have a careers office where staff can help you find and apply for relevant placement opportunities.