This programme explores the fascinating world of nanoscale materials. Gain a comprehensive understanding by studying materials science, physics and chemistry, and opt to do a full-year master’s project. Linköping University offers excellent research opportunities, with access to large-scale facilities and collaborations with renowned groups.

Materials Science, Master's Programme

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

High performance solar cells, computer chips, and tailored drug delivery are just a few examples of applications using materials engineered on the nano scale. In this master’s programme you will obtain specialist knowledge to learn both the fundamentals of and the latest developments in materials science and nanotechnology. You get the opportunity to participate in projects with international research groups and industry partners.

Materials synthesis, characterisation and applications

The programme courses cover the following important areas of materials science:

  • Synthesis, including physical and chemical methods to design and synthesize novel functional materials at the nanoscale.
  • Characterisation, involving hands-on use of, for instance, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, molecular spectroscopy, and computer simulations to characterise materials.
  • Applications, such as semiconductor and energy technology, biomedicine, and sensor technology.

Nanotechnology, physics and chemistry

Materials science and nanotechnology are interdisciplinary fields. You will therefore study courses in physics and chemistry as well as materials science to obtain a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of materials. The courses contain a mixture of lectures, experimental lab work, computer simulations, and project work. In the second year, you have the freedom to choose a path that suits you. You may take additional courses in line with your interest during the autumn semester and do your master’s project in the spring. Alternatively, you can dedicate the entire second year to a larger project.

Access to major research facilities

The programme is conducted in close collaboration with prominent research groups in materials science, with extensive international and industrial connections. LiU is hosting the Swedish Research Infrastructure for Advanced Electron Microscopy (ARTEMI) and the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC). We also have access to synchrotron radiation facilities such as MAX IV and Petra III. For you, this means excellent opportunities to take part in cutting-edge projects and enjoy supervision by experts.

Syllabus and course details

Here is a preliminary schedule for all four semesters (two years). Detailed information related to the first semester can be found in our Study Information database (big blue button below). For entry requirements and tuition fees, please click the ”Admission requirements” tab at the top of the page.

Semester 1 (compulsory courses)

Chemical Bonding, 6 credits
Experimental Physics, 6 credits
Nanotechnology, 6 credits
Semiconductor Technology, 6 credits
Solid State Physics I, 6 credits

Semester 2 (compulsory courses)

Advanced Project Work in Applied Physics, 6 credits
Solid State Physics II, 6 credits
Growth and characterization of nanomaterials, 6 credits
Physical Metallurgy, 6 credits
Communication, Ethics and Sustainable Development, 6 credits

Semester 3 (elective courses)

Applied Chemistry, 6 credits
Quantum Mechanics, 6 credits
Surfaces and Interfaces, 6 credits
Modern Optics, 6 credits
Nanophysics, 6 credits
Material Synthesis, 6 credits
Soft Condensed Matter Physics, 6 credits
Computational Physics, 6 credits
Materials for Energy Technology, 6 credits
Degree project - Master’s Thesis, 60 credits

Semester 4

Degree project - Master’s Thesis, 30 credits
Degree project - Master’s Thesis, 60 credits


Eager to learn more about the Materials Science Master's programme? Play this December 2023 webinar, featuring Associate Professor Emma Björk and PhD student Sanath Kumar Honnali. They cover the programme content, eligibility and how to apply, as well as career opportunities after graduation.

Career opportunities

After graduation, you will have excellent opportunities to work as an R&D manager/engineer, production engineer, project manager, or materials characterisation engineer. Naturally, you may also embark on an academic career by applying for PhD studies.


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