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M.Sc. Materials Engineering

The Materials Engineering program at the University of Trento is particularly addressed to students who demonstrate a thorough grounding in scientific disciplines (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry) and a basic knowledge in Industrial Engineering.

Materials Engineering is the science that enables the synthesis and application of materials in everyday society. Nearly everything we use is made of a material that has been modified or designed by a materials engineer who enables it to perform better than it would do without human intervention. Materials engineers and scientists study the relationship between materials’ structure, performance, properties, and synthesis, with a view to designing and producing new materials and new applications that meet the needs of society.

The Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering is designed to qualify skilled materials engineers and scientists able to explore the design and testing of materials employing cutting-edge technologies and to manage and promote the technological innovation at different levels since the labor market increasingly requires experts not only in the engineering fields but also in design, production, and qualification of traditional and advanced materials.

Quick facts

Degree awarded Master of Science – “Laurea Magistrale” – in Materials Engineering
Workload 120 ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
Duration 2 years full-time
Intake September each year
Fees and funding
(approximate rate)
EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit);
Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)
Location TrentoItaly

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities span from innovation and development of production, advanced planning, and programming, management of complex systems, both as self-employment professionals and in manufacturing and services companies, as well as in public authorities.

Materials engineers may be employed in chemical, pharmaceutical, and processing industries; companies active in the production, transformation, transportation, and storage of substances and materials; industrial laboratories; public administration offices for environment and safety management.

With the MS in Materials Engineering graduates will also be able to work as scientists, engineers, or managers in industries of production and conversion of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, glass, composite materials and biomaterials, building materials, or electronic materials, telecommunications, energy, construction, transportation, environment, cultural heritage, industrial laboratories and R&D Departments of public and private institutions.

They may be employed, for example, as project and development engineers, in sectors spanning from experiments to engineering, as project managers or technical directors. Considering the wide range of acquired skills they may also be employed in basic and applied research centers, or as managers of production, logistics, quality control, marketing, and purchasing managers.

According to figures published by the Italian Institute of Statistics, the Master’s degree course in Materials Engineering trains:

  • Mining and metallurgical engineers;
  • Chemical engineers.

The Master’s degree program in Materials Engineering has been tailored to allow students to embark upon an international post-graduate level study; the Ph.D. programs offered at the University of Trento include the Materials, Mechatronics, and Systems Engineering Doctoral School.


Application deadlines
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  • March for Non-EU citizens living abroad
  • From June to November: rolling admission for EU & Non-EU students living in Italy


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Industrial Engineering or related field
  • English at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Selection criteria

  • Academic curriculum
  • Transcript of records
  • English language knowledge
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose

How to apply

  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

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