Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 16.9k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Apr 1, 2021
StudyQA ranking:339

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Graduates from Materials and Manufacturing Engineering solve engineering challenges because they are able to optimize advanced materials and complex manufacturing processes for high-tech industrial production.

Materials and manufacturing engineering is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the application of materials as well as process and production technologies in high-tech products within various fields, including energy production, the automotive and aeronautical industries, medical devices, and communication.

Study programme focus

The key to develop and optimize products with improved functionality and extended lifetime is the interplay between:

  • the internal structure of materials
  • process technologies for manufacturing and post-processing of a high-tech product
  • product properties
  • product performance under its operating conditions 

The programme enables you to predict, control, and optimize material properties and to analyse and optimize the industrial process technologies, which are relevant for advanced products at both micro and macro scale.


Programme provision

To obtain the MSc degree in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, the student must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have passed at least 30 ECTS credit points within the General Competencies
  • Have passed at least 30 ECTS credit points within the Technological Specialization Courses
  • Have performed a Master Thesis of at least 30 ECTS credit points within the disciplines of the programme
  • Have passed a number of Elective Courses such that when combined with the Master Thesis, they comprise 60 ECTS credit points.


General competence courses:

The following courses, which integrate materials and manufacturing processes, are mandatory: 

41656 Materials in Advanced Applications and Products 10 point F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
41744 Precision Manufacturing 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)


Also, at least one course (5 ECTS) must be chosen from the following list:

41664 Physical Metallurgy: phase transformations in metals and alloys 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41742 Introduction to Micro Mechanical Systems Design and Manufacture 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
41747 Modelling in materials and manufacturing engineering - heat transfer and diffusion 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)


Also, 10 ECTS of the following courses are mandatory:

42085 Strategy, design and market 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
42430 Project Management 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
42490 Technology, economics, management and organisation (TEMO) 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17), F5 (Wed 8-17)


Technological specialization courses

The technological specialization courses are divided into two disciplines: Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, respectively. From the technological specialisation courses, a total of 30 points must be chosen such that both areas are covered with at least 10 ECTS. This can be achieved either by distributing materials- and manufacturing-related courses equally (15+15 ECTS) or by specialization in one of the disciplines according to 20+10 ECTS (i.e. Specialization in Materials Engineering is obtained by selecting 20 ECTS from materials-related courses and 10 ECTS from manufacturing-related courses. Specialisation in Manufacturing Engineering is achieved by selecting 20 ECTS from manufacturing-related courses and 10 ECTS from materials-related courses).

Examples of possible study plans for both disciplines, i.e. specialisation in Materials Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering, for study start in either the fall or the spring semester are available on the education's homepage 

For individual guidance and support for planning the study with a meaningful combination of courses, also in relation to the individual educational background, students are very welcome to contact the program coordinator by email to .

Materials Engineering

41653 Corrosion (theory and engineering) 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17)
41655 Advanced Surface Technology 5 point F3A (Tues 8-12)
41658 Methods for experimental materials characterization 5 point F2A (Mon 13-17)
41660 Practical Surface Engineering 5 point August
41661 Metals Technology 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12)
41663 Nanotribology and Biotribology 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
41665 Physical Metallurgy: deformation and rekrystallisation 5 point F2B (Thurs 8-12)
41667 Project course in materials engineering 5 point January
47304 Ceramic Science and Engineering 10 point F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)


Manufacturing Engineering

41709 Project course in metalworking processes 5 point June
41730 Industrial forming of metals 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
41731 Geometrical Metrology and Machine Testing 10 point F5 (Wed 8-17)
41732 Manufacturing Tribology – Modelling and Testing 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
41733 Metallurgy, Design and Manufacturing of Cast Components 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12)
41736 Polymer Processes 7.5 point E3B (Fri 13-17)
41737 Design of plastic products 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
41738 Experimental Plastics Technology 5 point June
41743 Workshop on micro product design, development and production 5 point January
41748 Modelling in materials and manufacturing engineering - thermomechanics 5 point F3B (Fri 13-17)

Elective courses

Any course classified as MSc course in DTU's course base may be taken for credit as an elective course. This includes general competence and technological specialization courses in excess of the minimal requirements. Master students are allowed to take Bachelor DTU courses with the objective to obtaining basic skills not originally obtained in the qualifying bachelor degree (maximum 10 ECTS)

Elective courses can also be filled with so-called special courses (up to a total of 20 ECTS) for dedicated project work. Students are welcome to contact the program coordinator for suggestions of suitable courses supplementing the study program.


Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. From September 2017 the bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

Academic requirements for this programme

Admission to the MSc program in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is directed towards all students who have completed a BSc or BEng education in mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, chemical or civil engineering or who have another relevant  academic background, where fundamentals in Materials Science and Technology have been passed.

Many national and international educations provide the required background for students to continue with the MSc education in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

Interested students are very welcome to contact the program coordinator ( in case of questions or for individual consulting.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering from DTU:

The following BSc Eng programmes at DTU entitle students to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering:  

  • Production and Construction
  • Design and Innovation
  • Physics and Nanotechnology

Students who have completed a BSc Eng in

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Medicine and Technology
  • General Engineering with specialisation Cyber Materials
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering

may also meet the admission requirements for Materials and Manufacturing Engineering; their applications will be assessed individually based on the required pre-requisites.

Pre-requisites may, for example, be ensured through dedicated elective courses during the BSc Eng study.

The academic requirement for the MSc Eng programme is a basic course in Materials Science, which students have to have passed. The following courses from DTU fulfill this requirement (other courses with equivalent content are possible):

41650 Materials Science 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
41659 Materials Science for Mechanical Engineers 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
41681 Materials science 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12), F3A (Tues 8-12)


Bachelor of Science in Engineering from other national and international universities:

Students from several national and international institutions have good opportunities for admission if they can document competences in physics, chemistry, mechanics and mathematics, in addition to the required basic Materials Science, as mentioned abvove.

Students holding a BSc degree from a relevant education at other universities than DTU can be admitted after individual assessment with respect to the academic requirements.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng):

The following Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programmes  from DTU entitle students to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Materials Science and Manufacturingn Engineering:

  • Mechanical Engineering (either Maskinteknik or former Maskin at Lyngby or Ballerup)
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering

Bachelors of Engineering from other programmes and from other universities than DTU may be admitted to the MSc Eng programme subject to an individual assessment with respect to the academic requirements.

All applicants with a BEng degree will also be assessed with respect to their background in natural sciences (in particular, mathematics). They have to have passed at least 10 ECTS of natural science courses on BSc Eng level. This requirement can be met either by taking specific courses at DTU (see the list of recommended courses) or by completing courses under a research-based study programme with equivalent contents and level:

01035 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12), E2B (Thurs 8-12), F2B (Thurs 8-12)
01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 (Summer University) 5 point August
02402 Introduction to Statistics 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12), F4A (Tues 13-17)
02403 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 5 point June
02405 Probability theory 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
02413 Statistical Quality Control 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02601 Introduction to Numerical Algorithms 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
02631 Introduction to programming and data processing 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17), F2B (Thurs 8-12)
10044 Physics 2 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)
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