Students will acquire a fundamental, robust and versatile background in state-of-the-art programming, modelling and materials engineering; these are competencies which are sought by industry today.

Jörgen Ekman, Programme Coordinator

Computational Materials Science, Master's Programme (Two-Year)


Do you want to work with the development of new high-performing materials?

The two-year master’s programme in Computational Materials Science (CMS) gives you the in-demand skills and academic degree that allow you to work in a wide range of areas associated with materials development and processing. During the programme, you will gain knowledge in advanced programming, materials science and modelling techniques for testing and predicting material properties. Moreover, the programme includes an introduction to experimental characterisation techniques available at state-of-the-art neutron and synchrotron X-ray facilities such as the MAX IV research centre and the forthcoming ESS research centre, both of which are located just outside of Malmö. Such multidisciplinary knowledge and skills are widely sought by industry and academia, which opens up possibilities for work within the fields of design and engineering, or to pursue a future academic career as a PhD student.

Admission requirements

1. Degree of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering or a degree in a related field. All degrees must be equivalent to at least 180 higher education credits.

2. At least 22.5 credits of Mathematics.

3. The equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school or equivalent


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Computational Materials Science is a two-year master’s programme that prepares students for research studies within computational-based sciences and technology. The courses offered give the students a broad perspective on material behaviours under different conditions, with a special focus on computational modelling of material mechanisms on different length scales. In addition, the programme covers relevant techniques associated with synchrotron light and neutron radiation used for experimental small-scale characterisations of materials. Students develop the ability to use research methods to address materials science-related issues and test their skills through the degree project during the programme’s second year. The degree project will typically be associated with either an ongoing research project or a relevant industry-related project.

A graduate from the programme will have skills requested by the industry to work as an engineer and/or product developer. Material testing is a vital but highly expensive and time-consuming part of product development. Consequently, there is a demand for people with advanced knowledge of how to use computational techniques to construct virtual testing and materials characterisation environments. With its unique and strong focus on modelling and simulation, the Computational Materials Science master’s programme gives students in-demand skillsets that are becoming increasingly relevant for the job market.




Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
TACMA revision 2
Swedish name:
Beräkningsbaserad materialvetenskap, masterprogram
Date of establishment:
31 August 2018
Date of ratification:
14 September 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Technology and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019

Entry requirements

1. Degree of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering or a degree in a related field. All degrees must be equivalent to at least 180 higher education credits.

2. At least 22.5 credits of Mathematics.

3. The equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school or equivalent


The programme allows the student to gain deeper knowledge and skills within computational materials science. The student will also develop knowledge and skills related to methods applied for research and development within materials science.



For programme with start Autumn 2019:
Autumn 2019 - Semester 1
Spring 2020 - Semester 2
Autumn 2020 - Semester 3
Spring 2021 - Semester 4

Learning outcomes

The Swedish Higher Education Act
Second cycle programmes shall imply acquiring deeper knowledge, skills and abilities in comparison with first-cycle programmes and shall, in addition to that which applies for first-cycle programmes,
• further develop the student’s capacity for independent integration and application of knowledge,
• develop the student’s ability to handle complex occurrences, issues and situations and
• develop the student’s capacity for professional practice that places high demands on independence or on research and development work

The Higher Education Ordinance qualification descriptor
Knowledge and understanding
After completing their education, the student shall:
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of materials science, comprising broad knowledge within the field and substantial specialised knowledge within certain parts of the field in addition to specialised insight into relevant research and development work, and
• demonstrate specialised methodology knowledge within materials science.

Skills and abilities
After completing their education, the student shall:
• demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, judge and handle complex occurrences, issues and situations, even with limited information,
• demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate questions, to plan and execute – using appropriate methods – advanced assignments within specific deadlines and thus contribute to the development of knowledge, and to evaluate such work,
• demonstrate the ability in both national and international settings to orally and in writing clearly describe and discuss his/her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which these are based, in dialogue with different groups, and
• demonstrate such skills as are required to take part in research and development work or for independent work for another advanced enterprise.

Judgement and approach
After completing their education, the student shall:
• demonstrate the ability, within materials science, to make judgements in relation to relevant scientific, social and ethical factors, and to demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in research and development work,
• demonstrate an insight into the opportunities and limitations of science, the role these play in society and the population’s responsibility for how this is applied, and
• demonstrate the ability to identify his or her own need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for his or her own development of knowledge.


Master's Degree (120 credits).

To qualify for a Master’s degree with specialised study in the field of materials science, the student must have completed all courses within the programme of 120 higher education credits. Moreover, the student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or professional qualification for minimum 180 higher education credits or equivalent degree abroad.

Other Information

The prerequisites for admission to each individual course are given in the respective syllabus.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the department Materials Science and Applied Mathematics.

Further information

Jörgen Ekman, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657682
Studentservice TS - Malmö Universitet,


02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-98004

National application round

Application deadline 15 January