Objectives & career options

General objectives

  • To provide students with a postgraduate training which covers basic and applied aspects of Materials Science (including those identified as nanomaterials).
  • To train doctors in the field of Materials Science who are equipped to conduct professional research activities, whether in the industrial or teaching sectors.
  • To open up professional career paths for students, capitalising on the considerable collaboration that now exists between the University of Alicante and industry.
  • To facilitate student contact with other universities and research centres active in the field of Materials Science.
  • To consolidate and promote scientific and technical research in the field of the Science and Technology of Materials.

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Structure

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Subject Type

Credits

  Compulsory (OB)

18

  Optative (OP)

27

  Master's Degree Final Project (TFM)

15

TOTAL CREDITS

 60

 

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

FIRST SEMESTER 18 ECTS

18 COMPULSORY ECTS

SUBJECT AREAS (CORE MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

 

SOLID STATE

 

SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY

OB

6

SOLID STATE PHYSICS

OB

6

SURFACE CHEMICAL PHYSICS

SURFACE CHEMICAL PHYSICS

OB

6

 

SECOND SEMESTER (30 ECTS)

27 OPTIONAL ECTS + 15 COMPULSORY ECTS CORRESPONDING TO THE MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

SUBJECT AREA (CORE MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES I: X-RAY SCATTERING, NEUTRON AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

OP

6

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES II: SPECTROSCOPY AND SURFACE TECHNIQUES

OP

6

SUBJECT AREAS (SPECIALISATION MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

CARBON MATERIALS

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

APPLICATIONS OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

PHASE-TRANSITION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF SOLID-GAS INTERACTIONS

OP

3

THERMAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS AND POROUS SOLIDS

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

PHASE-TRANSITION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF SOLID-GAS INTERACTIONS

OP

3

THERMAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

IN SITU VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY FOR CHARACTERISING INTERFACES

OP

3

FUNCTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL MATERIALS

MAGNETIC AND SUPERCONDUCTOR MATERIALS: PHENOMENOLOGY AND FUNDAMENTALS

OP

3

NEW MATERIALS And NANOMATERIALS IN CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

SEMICONDUCTORS: BASICS AND DEVICES

OP

3

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS

OP

3

POLYMER SCIENCE

OP

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTROCHEMICAL MATERIALS

SURFACE ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OP

3

ELECTROCHEMISTRY OF SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS

OP

3

ELECTROCATALYSIS, ELECTROCATALYTIC MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OP

3

IN SITU VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY FOR CHARACTERISING INTERFACES

OP

3

CORROSION AND PROTECTION

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

 

SIMULATION AND COMPUTING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE

MODELLING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE: INTRODUCTION TO ATOMIC SIMULATION AND MONTE CARLO METHODS

OP

3

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR CALCULATING MOLECULAR STRUCTURE

OP

3

INTRODUCTION TO DENSITY FUNCTIONAL THEORY

OP

3

NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY

OP

3

 

 

 

POLYMERIC MATERIALS

POLYMER SCIENCE

OP

3

ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

ADHESION And PROCESSES OF UNION OF MATERIALS

OP

3

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

NEW MATERIALS And NANOMATERIALS IN CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

APPLICATIONS OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

FINAL PROJECT

OB

15

 

General course programme

Teaching on the Master’s Degree in Materials Science is structured as follows:

  • Core Module
  • Specialisation Module
  • Master’s Final Project

Compulsory subjects on the Master’s Degree, worth 18 ECTS credits, are taught as part of the core module.  Optional subjects, worth 27 ECTS credits, are taught as part both of the core module and the specialisation module.

It should be noted that the core module consists of subject areas which are fundamental to the field of Materials science.

The core module contains subjects worth 6 ECTS credits (5 theoretical subjects and 1 practical subject).

The specialisation module contains 7 subjects areas related to the areas of research of interest to those involved in teaching on the Master’s Degree. These subject areas are:

  • Carbon material
  • Heterogeneous catalysis and porous solids
  • Functional and structural materials
  • Electrochemical materials
  • Simulation and computing in Materials Science
  • Polymeric materials
  • Environment and energy

Each of these subject areas contains various optional subjects, worth 3 ECTS credits. It should be noted that some subjects are common to various subject areas. Students are required to take at least 3 subjects from the same subject area.

The Master’s Degree programme concludes with the Master’s Final Project (MFP).  This comprises supervised work where students are required to address problems using a practical and applied approach which will equip them to carry out further research in one of the areas of interest to those teaching on the Master’s Degree course. The Master’s Final Project will also enable students to apply the knowledge they have acquired during study of the previous modules.

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Distinctive Features

The Master's degree in Materials Science provides broad, fundamental and applied knowledge of the most relevant materials in areas of scientific and industrial interest, such as those related to energy, the environment, the improvement of analysis processes and innovation in functional materials (polymers, sensors, composite materials, etc.). The foundations of Materials Science are learnt through fundamental subjects supported by knowledge areas of Physics and Chemistry and, thanks to the wide range of optional subjects, it is possible to study different types of materials, characterisation techniques and theoretical methods in depth. In addition to the fundamental and optional subjects, students are given a final master's degree project, which in most cases is linked to the research lines of the master's degree lecturers, and therefore provides students with a good opportunity to be introduced to research in highly active and scientifically recognised research groups. It is worth mentioning that the University Institute of Materials of Alicante (IUMA) collaborated in the development of the proposal of the Master's degree in Materials Science and coordinated it  academically.

The competences of the Master's degree in Materials Science cover a set of knowledge, procedures and attitudes that complement each other. The acquisition of these competences prepares, to a great extent, for the development of research activity, which can be focused both on the completion of a PhD Thesis and on the performance of R&D activities in technology centres and companies dedicated to the area of Materials.

According to the performance reports carried out by the University of Alicante, graduates of the Master's degree in Materials Science have a high rate of employability in job positions related to this studies.

The previous paragraphs allow us to identify the following features of identity in a concisely:

  • Complete and versatile study plan, with fundamental and specialised content.
  • Research-oriented Master’s thesis supported by highly active and prestigious research groups.
  • Academic coordination and support by the University of Alicante Institute of Materials Science (IUMA).
  • Focus on training for R&D+i activities.
  • High employability rate.

 

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Resources and Facilities

Facilities of the Faculty of Science

The Faculty has 16 departments with a total of over 350 lecturers. All buildings have offices, teaching and research laboratories. There are no architectural barriers that prevent people with physical disabilities from accessing the Faculty and the departments involved.

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Classrooms

There are 12 classrooms ranging in size from 80 to 160 seats where the Faculty of Science has preference in the use of teaching facilities. All classrooms are equipped with a blackboard, fixed projection screen, overhead projector, video projector, computer and network connection point. In addition, video projectors and laptops are available for use in any space at the Faculty on request.

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Work and study rooms

There is also a work room with 30 workstations, two computer rooms with free access with 15 computers, each connected to the computer network, and a study room with 160 workstations (Library). Computer rooms. There are four computer rooms equipped with 25 workstations each. Some departments have equipped their own computer spaces, generally near their teaching laboratories, in order to combine the use of computers with laboratory practicals. There are a total of four such classrooms.

 

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Seminars

In the units assigned to the departments that teach the degree in Chemistry, there are a total of 11 spaces available for PhD courses, electives and seminars for practicals. Most of them have a small library that also serves as a meeting place for departmental councils, etc. The use of departmental seminars and libraries is managed by the department itself, with priority given to the activities carried out by its teachers. However, these spaces are available to the Faculty during the remaining hours.

                                   

    

Laboratories

The departments of the Faculty involved in the teaching of the new undergraduate degree in Chemistry have 64 laboratories available, with capacities ranging from 10 to 64 students, which total an area of nearly 4000 m2.

Laboratory facilities in the departments that will teach the degree: Biotechnology, 2 (118 m 2); Agrochemistry and Biochemistry, 2 (299 m2); Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 (95 m2); Ecology, 1 (109 m2); Applied Physics 4, (407 m2); Chemical Engineering, 26 (716 m2); Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, 4 (475 m2); Physical Chemistry, 7 (738 m2); Inorganic Chemistry, 6 (422 m 2); Organic Chemistry, 11 (587); Total, 64 (3. 966 m2).

Also worth mentioning that pilot plants are available in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Research Technical Services instrumental equipment is occasionally used for the practical teaching of electives.

The laboratories and pilot plants are equipped with the essential elements in terms of health and safety. Toxic waste generated during the practicals is stored in specific containers and the laboratory technicians manage storage and collection following a comprehensive UA plan for the collection and treatment of waste managed by the Medical  Service.

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Library

The Science Library has a surface area of 409 square metres, 148 reading posts, 7 computerised posts, 29,433 monographs, 5,111 electronic books, 123 subscriptions to paper journals, 2,056 subscriptions to on-line journals and access to 13 electronic databases. Students have manuals of the bibliography recommended by the teaching staff of the different courses available at both the Faculty Library and the Main Library.

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Assembly halls

The Faculty has a Board Room with a capacity for 60 people, equipped with a multimedia system and a touch screen. In the Optics building, attached to the Faculty of Sciences, there is an assembly hall with a capacity for 200 people. A new meeting room with capacity for 20 people has recently been fitted out.

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Research University Institutes

There are several research institutes at the University of Alicante geared towards research in Chemistry and related subjects, where teachers and researchers from the Faculty of Sciences are involved: University Institute of Organic Synthesis, University Institute of Materials, University Institute of Electrochemistry, University Institute of Water Management, etc. These facilities and infrastructures may be used on an ad hoc basis for undergraduate courses, particularly those related to optional subjects and the completion of final-year undergraduate projects.

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research.

Degree course specialisation profile

Introduction to research in Materials Science.

Professional profile

Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder:

Given that the Master’s Degree in Materials Science focuses on research, it is not aimed specifically at any given professions. However, in addition to providing the background necessary for undertaking the research activity to prepare a doctoral thesis, the training students will receive on this Master’s course will equip them to undertake R&D activities in technology centres and businesses devoted to the field of Materials Science. Furthermore, this training provides an advanced and specialised education in an extremely important area, both from a fundamental perspective and in its industrial applications. It should also be highlighted that the study of Materials Science has an outstanding future in scientific and applied fields, including new areas of research in nanomaterials.

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Scholarships and Funding

Information on existing scholarships and grants to study university degrees is available here:

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University Life

Further information on our campus and the activities and resources available, organised by or related to the UA:

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