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What is Material Science?

"Material science teaches us what things are made of and why they behave as they do."  This field concerns the whole life of a material, from its synthesis to the first characterization and its development. A material scientist is at the same time a chemist and a physicist. She/he needs to know how to prepare a material starting from its building block but also to characterize its macroscopic properties.

Nowadays a material scientist works with strong interconnections with chemist and physicists. It is therefore necessary for him to know very well both chemistry and physics.

There is a thin but significant difference between a material scientist and an engineer of materials. While the former synthesizes and provide to the engineer its chemical and physical information, the latter uses this knowledge to find the best application for the material.

What about Materials Science in Turin?

The Master's Degree offers an education in Materials Science based on fundamental knowledges as materials synthesis and application, but also advanced as properties characterization and simulation.

The frontal lectures will describe how to connect Chemical and physical properties of solids with their bulk, surface and interface properties. Engineering, production and characterization strategies are taught. Besides the practical approach, also theoretical techniques such as simulation of microstructures is covered. In addition, the Master 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 expert professors 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.

What can I do after completing a Master Degree in Material science?

Students graduated in the Master’s Degree in Materials Science have access to any PhD position in Italy or abroad. Over that in Academy, Materials scientists are employed by companies who make products from metals, ceramics, and rubber. They also work in the coatings (developing new varieties of paint) and biomedical industries (designing materials that are compatible with human tissues for prosthetics and implants). Other important areas are polymers (including biological polymers), composites (heterogeneous materials made of two or more substances), superconducting materials, graphite materials, integrated-circuit chips, and fuel cells.

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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.

Materials science 120 ECTS

The Master’s degree in Material Science addresses the needs of the manufacturing and service sectors. The course aims to provide students with advanced and integrated training across the following areas: chemistry and physics of solids, material production technology, instrumental characterization and modeling of material structures and properties.
Subjects deal with the impact of materials on the environment, industry and economy; internship at public or private structures is highly recommended. Permanent contacts with local institutions, industries and service providers are established in order to guide post-graduates. The subjects are taught in English.

First year (64 ECTS)

Course ECTS
Advanced Mathematics and numerical analysis 8
Physics (Quantum Mechanics; Solid State Physics) 18
Polymeric Materials 8
Advanced Crystallography 6
Physical Chemistry 8
Analytical Chemistry for Material Science 4
Solid State Chemistry 6
Metallurgy 6
Lab activities (tot.) 8

Second year (12 ECTS)

Course ECTS
Organic Materials 6
Selection and use of materials 6
Lab activities (tot.) 8

Training activities over the two-year degree (44 ECTS)

Course ECTS
Optional 8
Internship 16
Final dissertation 20

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