The Master's degree in Materials Science aims to provide a firm grounding in the chemical, physical and technological behaviour of a vast range of materials with emphasis on modern advances in the field. Students are trained to understand the properties of materials in current use and encouraged to develop original ideas for creating new materials which satisfy the requirements of society and world markets (i.e. cheap, safe, recyclable and with minimum negative impact on the environment). The course delivers advanced and integrated theoretical and practical training across the following interdisciplinary areas: chemistry and physics of solids, materials production, manufacturing and testing, with special attention to the characterization and modelling of material structures and properties. All lectures and examinations for the Master's degree are conducted in English.
The Master's Degree offers an education in Materials Science based on fundamental knowledge but also informed by strong connections with advanced technology sectors. The emphasis of the course is on the main concepts related to materials synthesis, characterization, simulation, properties and applications, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. Chemical and physical properties of solids are for their bulk, surface and interface properties; the engineering and production technologies of materials, the characterization and simulation of microstructures, the role of raw materials in manufactured products are taught. In addition, the Master's introduces students to the environmental and economic impact of materials production and manufacturing highlighting the importance of materials' lifecycle and sustainability in modern society. All the main classes of materials (i.e. ceramics, metals, polymers, semiconductors, superconductors, catalysts) are studied over the two-year course. Access to advanced laboratories and training with experts in specific areas is available throughout the whole period of study. This is in order to provide the real-life practical skills required both for fundamental research and applied activities in industries. As half of our student intake usually comes from countries other than Italy, enrolment on the Master's Degree in Materials Science guarantees a constant multicultural exchange, an important added value in an increasingly globalized world. The Master's concludes with an individual research project carried out during an internship period at an academic or external/industrial research laboratory and the elaboration and discussion of a final thesis.