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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
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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    Biomedical Materials Science - BSc University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,618 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,260 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Chemical Engineering, Engineering Materials major - BSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,940 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Chemistry: Polymer and Materials Science - BSc/BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Electrical Engineering: Materials and Devices - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
    Show program overview about Electrical Engineering: Materials and Devices
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    Engineering Technology: Materials Joining - BSc LeTourneau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,630 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in materials engineering

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    Forest Renewable Materials/Science and Engineering - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, June, March, January
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    Materials Science Engineering - AES Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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Diploma in materials engineering

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,537 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,512 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Materials engineering graduate programs

Master's in materials engineering

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    Biomedical Device Materials - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,117 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,321 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Advanced Materials - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,197 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 GBP

    Start date
    October
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    Chemical and Materials Engineering - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,602 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Chemical and Materials Engineering
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    Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,952 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Engineering: Thermal, Fluids and Materials - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in materials engineering

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    Chemistry and Materials Science - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,841 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Materials Science and Engineering - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Materials Science and Engineering
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    Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Science of Advanced Materials - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,920 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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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.