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Materials Engineer (2nd cycle degree)

Training goals 

Materials engineering graduates have extensive knowledge of subjects such as the selection of materials, their application in different manufacturing processes, and designing products with the most appropriate materials according to the intended use, such as metals, polymers, ceramics and their compounds.

This training enables engineers to set quality standards and to evaluate the properties of materials by using testing and characterisation techniques in order to ensure that the products work properly. Likewise, materials engineers also learn about the techniques and processes involved in recycling materials.

With this goal in mind, students also have the chance to choose from a number of specialist pathways in order to further their knowledge in technical aspects of the degree, such as:

  • Metallic materials and their compounds: functional characterisation of these materials, processing and manufacturing technologies, and related design criteria.

  • Polymeric materials and their compounds: characterisation of polymers, processing and transformation technologies, and design of products using this type of materials.

  • Ceramic materials and their compounds: characterisation of ceramic materials, technologies used in manufacturing these materials and design criteria for ceramic products.

  • Recycling materials: technical, economic and technological aspects of reusing materials and their treatment.

  • Product design and prototyping: use of materials in the development of functional prototypes, and the technologies used in designing and manufacturing prototypes.

  • Special techniques used in materials: characterisation of non-conventional materials, advanced electrochemistry and synthesis of new materials.

Career opportunities 

The studies leading to a degree in Materials Engineering are focused on preparing students for a career in the following fields:

  • The selection, processing, design, manufacture and treatment of materials.
  • The application of the quality standards required throughout the manufacturing process as well as the techniques and tests needed for quality assurance and to ensure compliance with the regulations governing these activities.
  • IResearch into new materials and their development, recycling materials and their application in production processes.

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