Materials Design and Performance

SwB, course package, 60 credits

The ultimate utilization of many products and systems over time is limited by the performance and durability of the materials involved. The materials ability to withstand high combustion temperatures limits both the efficiency and the reduction of the carbon footprint of engines, for example. The complex interaction between material and application lead to trade-offs in all stages of a products life-cycle; from discoveries of material features and generation of concepts, over product development and manufacturing, to use and recycling. This course package is about experimental and theoretical methods to intercross product and process performance issues with material science and problem solving.

First semester: September 2015- December 2015
MMK232 - Metals engineering, 7.5 cr
MTT090 - Polymer processing and properties, 7.5 cr
MTT100 - Mechanical performance of engineering materials, 7.5 cr
MMK221 - Materials selection and design, 7.5 cr
Second semester: January 2016 - June 2016
KKE013 - Ceramics engineering, 7.5 cr
KPO045 - Biological Materials, 7.5 cr
MPM052 - Composite and nanocomposite materials, 7.5 cr
TIF116 - Physics of electromagnetic materials, 7.5 cr

Entry requirements
Minimum 3½ years and preferably 4 years of studies in a BSc degree programme in Brazil.
Undergraduate Profile: Major in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering or Industrial Design Engineering
Courses: Metals, Polymers, Solid mechanics, Thermodynamics and Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Numerical analysis and Mathematical statistics).

English requirements
The most common and important scores that are accepted for studies at Chalmers are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

The above tests and test scores are minimum requirements, no exemptions will be granted by Chalmers.
The Institutional TOEFL-test (ITP) score is not valid for academic purposes at Chalmers.

Application (for entry academic year 2015/16)
Credits: 60 cr
Duration: 10 months or 2 semesters
Start of first semester: Early September 2015
End of second semester: Early June 2016
Rate of study: 100% (full-time studies at Chalmers is equivalent to 4 courses or 30 credits per semester)
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK
Application period: 
10 February: Application period opens on
20 February: Application deadline
25 February: Deadline for University Admissions to receive documents to complete the electronic admission application (transcript in Portuguese, official translation of transcript in English, copy of English test results)
18 March: Notification of selection results published on your personal profile on
Application instructions in detail (external link on 
Questions regarding application and admission: Chalmers’ Admissions,
Specific questions about course content: Peter Hammersberg,
Other questions: Student Exchange,

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012. Modified: Wed 11 Mar 2015