Materials engineering

In the engineering industry, the term “materials engineering” is often understood as metal technology. However, the materials are a much larger group than metals alone and frequently the work of material engineer includes topics on plastics, ceramics and composite materials. Especially when designing new components or structures, and at the same time optimising the strength and weight of them. Managing these material groups cannot be done without specific expertise.

The minor in materials science provides the student basic knowledge in plastic (polymer), ceramic and composite materials. In addition, the wear and corrosion properties of different material groups are studied. After completing the minor, the student understands the usability and limitations of each material group and is able to apply the knowledge in their daily work.

This module is only suitable for students of the FITech Universities.

All four courses are mandatory but the order of the courses is not fixed.

Courses included in the programme:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
Materials performance (MOL-32307), 5 ECTS. 26.8.–22.12.2019.

Apply before Aug 18, 2019

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of materials degradation mechanisms by corrosion, wear and other types of degradation.
  • Understanding of basic corrosion theories, corrosion types, corrosiveness of different environments, properties of materials in corrosive environments, corrosion prevention and monitoring, high temperature corrosion, corrosion measurements, wear mechanisms, wear and friction properties of materials, wear testing and prevention of wear.
  • Selection of materials for different corrosive and wear applications.

More info on Tampere University’s course page.

Polymeric materials (MOL-42106), 5 ECTS. 26.8.–22.12.2019.

Apply before Aug 18, 2019

Prerequisites (advisable):

  • MOL-11240 Polymeerifysiikka
  • MOL-12230 Polymeeripohjaisten materiaalien valmistusmenetelmät 

After finishing the course, the student knows and is able to define the most important thermoplastic, thermosetting and natural polymers and elastomers as well as their structure, properties and applications (product examples).

Student can explain how the polymeric materials can be modified to reach desired properties. In addition the student knows how the polymeric materials may be recycled and reused.

More info on Tampere University’s course page.

Advanced composites (MOL-42236), 5 ECTS. 7.1.–1.3.2020.

Apply before Dec 15, 2019

Prerequisites: The students are required to have basic knowledge of mechanics of materials before entering the course. In detail, fundamentals of elasticity, the classical beam bending theory, and marix algebra are necessary as prerequisites. One of the course teaching methods is a hack-type assignment where an industry visit is a prerequisite.

The target is to make participants able to computationally estimate stress-states and damage in composite materials under thermo-mechanical loads and select constituent configurations for design of appropriate composite components.

In addition, the target is to make participants know the most important material components as well as manufacturing and numerical modelling methods used in the field of fibrous polymer composites.

The course also offers supplementary skills to account for composite-specific aspects of joining and hybrid materials in the simulation of material behaviour.

More info on Tampere University’s course page.

Advanced ceramics (MOL-52026), 5 ECTS. 7.1.–1.3.2020.

Apply before Dec 15, 2019

The first part of this course concentrates to engineering ceramics and their mechanical properties and the second part is concentrating to functional ceramics, they principles and applications.

The course gives the students an introduction to functional ceramic materials and relate physical and chemical properties to the structure and composition. The focus is on the thermal, electric, magnetic, and optical properties.

After the course the student is able to identify such dependence and has basic knowledge to tailor these properties. Student has also a general picture of their applications in machines, electronics (conductors, insulators, dielectrics, magnets), sensors, energy conversions.

The student will be able to:

  • Identify the most common engineering ceramics and define their main properties with a special emphasis in mechanical properties which are important in engineering applications.
  • Name the different testing methods and interpret the results.
  • Summarize the main properties, major applications and the limitations of the most common engineering ceramics.
  • Define the basic designing methods and apply those for different components.
  • Select materials for different applications, especially for applications facing corrosion and wear.
  • Name some new trends in engineering ceramics, e.g. ceramic composites.

More info on Tampere University’s course page.

Professor in charge: Petri Vuoristo, Tampere University (

Contact person in practical matters: Coordinator Hannele Kulmala, Tampere University (

Other teachers: Prof. Mikko Kanerva, Prof. Erkki Levänen, Prof. Essi Sarlin, Lic. Tech. Kati Valtonen all from Tampere University


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Tampere University

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Programme suitable for

For persons operating in design, product development, manufacturing and use of engineering materials



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