Taught course

Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Entry requirements

While many of our admitted students have an undergraduate background in materials science and engineering, the remaining students have training in fields such as biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering.

The GRE General Test is required for admission to the Department.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a single Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, which may also be taken simultaneously with other Departmental or interdepartmental programs.

DMSE is home to the world’s premier program focused on Materials Science and Engineering – the study of matter and how it is made. Our community members undertake interdisciplinary materials projects that draw on fundamental sciences in pursuit of beneficial engineering solutions. From construction materials to virus-grown nanostructures, we seek to understand the creation, composition, structure, properties, and performance of materials – and to derive new, effective, and sustainable alternatives.

Our field welcomes original thinkers who embrace complexity, aspire to drive positive change, and harness the power of ambitious research to shape a better future. Our collaborative community of students, scientists, practitioners, and scholars from across the globe are dedicated to that mission.

In our labs and classrooms, current and future leaders in the field expand knowledge through experiments and projects that link diverse scientific disciplines. From novel manufacturing methods to high-capacity batteries, their work has resulted in powerful discoveries and innovations that positively influence virtually every corner of society. Engineering disciplines focus on addressing human problems by constructing tools and shaping solutions. Materials science and engineering (MSE) does so by studying, understanding, designing, and producing the materials those tools and solutions are made of – and on creating new materials that serve human needs.

MSE combines the power of intellectual curiosity and scientific discovery with the tangible impact of engineering disciplines. By integrating approaches from diverse academic and engineering specialties that range from physics and biology to metallurgy and ceramics, MSE addresses complex problems through a materials-focused approach. This deeply interdisciplinary field encompasses nearly every form of matter – from the atom-by-atom construction of nanomaterials and the directed growth of biological substances to the forging of heat-treated steel.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the award ahead of the deadline for MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note they are totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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