The faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts a study program in Material Science and Engineering (MSE) that builds around the interest and expertise of a team of faculty for materials science that involves the investigation of the relationships that exists between material structures and properties and materials engineering, which is, on the basis of these structure–property correlations, designing or engineering the structure of a material to produce a predetermined set of properties. The recognition of materials science and engineering as a stand-alone discipline builds around the important of such expertise for the realization of the Abu Dhabi 2020 vision and several of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSc in MSEN) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of materials science and engineering and associated disciplines. The MSc degree gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of MSEN and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research.
Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.
The MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at KU is a transdisciplinary program that provides graduates with a unique niche in a bustling and rapidly emerging area of science and engineering. It nurtures a highly supportive interdisciplinary atmosphere whereby the student can work collaboratively with mechanical and chemical engineers as well as science and medical programs. It attracts students with backgrounds in Materials, Mechanical, and Chemical engineering, as well as Metallurgy, as well as Physics and Chemistry.
Our graduate students are relentlessly contributing to the high-tech petro-chemical, construction, metal and aluminum as well as the renewable energy and shipping industries. Graduates include successful researchers, project managers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and industrial leaders. Careers opportunities for students with a graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering are endless, covering material synthesis & characterization and materials for sustainable energy, clean water, photovoltaics, optical, catalysis, metallurgy, graphene, carbon nanotubes, composites and polymers.
Our MSc graduate students can be employed in the UAE Armed forces and the defense sector of the economy, Emirates Global Aluminum, ADNOC, AAMROC, STRATA, ALYAH SATELLITE, MBRSC, ADNOC, Mubadala Petroleum, Dolphine Energy, and Universities (KU, UAE, NYAD). Furthermore, graduates go through rigorous training and research experience to help them pursue their studies at PhD level.
The educational goals (objectives) of the MSc in MSEN program are to produce graduates who will:
Students graduating with the MSc in MSEN will be able to:
In addition to the above, students choosing the concentration in Space Systems and Technology are also expected to attain the following concentration-specific outcomes:
The MSc in Material Science and Engineering (MSEN) program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 9 credits of Program Elective courses, and 9 credits of MSEN Master’s Thesis work.
A student may (but does not have to) organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a concentration or specialization. In such cases, the concentration will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript).
The table below presents a summary of the MSc in MSEN degree program structure and requirements. All the MSc in MSEN program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.
Summary of MSc in MSEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements
|MSc Course requirements||Credits Required|
|Program Core Courses||12|
|Seminar in Research Methods||0|
Students seeking the degree of MSc in MSEN must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.
The MSc in MSEN degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 3 credits of engineering mathematics, 9 credits of MSEN core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.
I. Engineering Mathematics Course (3 credits)
Students must take the following course:
II. MSEN Core Courses (9 credits):
III. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)
Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits of electives. The MSEN program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other MSc programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.
MSEN 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 9 credits)
A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of MSEN, under the direct supervision of the main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the MEEN Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.
A student may choose to organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow the optional Space Systems and Technology concentration the MSc in MSEN program. The optional concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript provided that the student completes:
List of Courses in Space Systems and Technology Concentration
|Space Systems and Technology|
|AERO 650||Space Systems Engineering*|
|AERO 651||Space Systems Design Project*|
|AERO 653||Space Propulsion|
|AERO 654||Astrodynamics and Mission Analysis|
* Required courses for the concentration
Program Concentration in Metallurgical Engineering
The MSc in MSEN includes an optional concentration in Metallurgical Engineering. Therefore, in addition to the MSc in MSEN program learning outcomes, MSc in MSEN students choosing this concentration are expected to attain the following concentration specific outcomes:
The concentration will be noted on the student academic record (transcript) provided that the student completes the MSc in MSEN program core as well as:
List of courses for Metallurgical Engineering Concentration:
Students must consult with their respective advisors on the courses that they will enroll in, the required pre-requisites, and the thesis topic selection. Full-time graduate students must register for 9 to 12 credits, including thesis credits, during a regular semester (Fall and Spring) and a maximum of 6 credits during a Summer term. In the case of part-time students, the credit load is normally 6 credits during a regular semester as well as the summer term.
Students can only register for thesis credits after successfully completing a minimum of 9 credits of the core courses of the master’s program they are enrolled in. It is to be noted that the minimum pass grade for graduate courses is a “C” letter grade. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog to learn about the graduate programs, the grading system, graduation requirements, and other pertinent matters.