Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Modern Industrial Materials

Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Modern Industrial Materials trains professionals in materials engineering with a special focus in selecting and characterising materials for the needs of advanced industrial applications.

The Modern Industrial Materials is one of the three specialisation tracks of the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering. The other specialisation tracks are Materials of Energy Technology and Health Technology Materials.

The programme focuses on the characterisation, modelling, properties and life cycle of both traditional and future materials used in the Industrial. Moreover, we consider the special topics of 3D printing and artificial (“digital”) materials.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Modern Industrial Materials, you will grow to be an expert in materials selection and optimisation in almost any field of the industry.

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, copyright Mikael Nyberg

Programme in brief


The Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Modern Industrial Materials is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits, which includes joint materials engineering studies, modern industrial materials studies, minor studies and a master’s thesis with a project.

The curriculum will be published in the study guide in May 2022.


Current focus areas in the research on Modern Industrial Materials is on different materials for industrial needs, and what properties are desired with specific applications. Furthermore, we seek to modify materials and tune their functional properties to optimize their industrial performance.


During the Master’s thesis in Modern Industrial Materials, the student must demonstrate their ability to perform scientific work, management of research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill in scientific writing.

The purpose of the Master's thesis in Modern Industrial Materials is to produce a constructive solution proposal for a research challenge in e.g. a company, organization or research group.

Examples of thesis topics include:

  • Innovative digital designs for 3D printing complex structures
  • Corrosion-free high entropy alloys for the maritime applications
  • Additive manufacturing with bio-based materials for sustainable products
  • Tuning the properties of metallic glasses by computer simulations and artificial intelligence

Career options


During the programme, you will learn about the materials commonly used in today’s global industries, their targeted applications, as well as the demands for the material properties that the different applications require.

You will learn about the typical characterization tools used to evaluate the properties of materials, both experimental and computational. In addition, you will learn about the latest trends in materials development and the techniques for materials optimization.


Materials specialists are currently in demand in a broad range of industries, from aerospace, automotive and maritime, through the energy and pharmaceutical, to telecommunications and utilities sectors. Novel materials solutions underpins the development industrial processes and products. You wil have the chance to make a real difference on how society functions, and also in our daily life. 

You will be equipped with technical, business, project management and interpersonal skills needed for careers in a wide range of sectors. You will be able to join the industry in Finland or abroad, become a consultant,  or enter the public sector.

Possible job titles are:

  • Materials engineer
  • Product/process development scentist
  • Technical sales engineer
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Management consultant

The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide.

Graduates from the programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of doctoral programmes, which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Entry requirements


General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.


The applicant’s previous degree based on which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields for the Modern Industrial Materials specialisation track are

  • materials engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • process engineering
  • physics
  • chemistry

In addition to the education diploma and language certificate, you should include testimonials of any relevant work experience in your application.

You may apply only to one specialisation track within the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering.


Annually 10 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering.

The decision of admission will be based on

  • the relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance, and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • the language test result (see Language requirements)
  • the motivation letter
  • possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible relevant work experience
  • possible interview

Please tell in the motivation letter why you are applying to the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering at the University of Turku, and especially why you have chosen the particular track.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Technology. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the same faculty.