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Materials Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Burlington, VT, United States
The Materials Science program offered by The University of Vermont is an interdisciplinary activity engaged in the application of basic sciences and engineering to understanding the behavior of materials, their development and applications.
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The Materials Science program offered by The University of Vermont is multidisciplinary because it is involved with the physical, mechanical, electrical and chemical properties of materials — mostly solids. It is multidisciplinary also in that it combines the theoretical and experimental capabilities of a variety of disciplines and applies them to the solution of complex scientific and engineering problems.

Specific research topics include:

  • Dynamics of quantum systems with application to nanomaterials
  • Electronic properties of graphene
  • Synthesis and characterization of electronic materials
  • Thin films and microfabrication for use in electronic devices and integrated circuits
  • Electron and X-ray diffraction characterization of electronic and magnetic materials
  • Experimental and theoretical analysis of musculoskeletal structures
  • Biofluid mechanics and transport processes
  • Optimization of mechanical properties of structural materials
  • Polymers and composites
  • Nanostructures
  • Strongly correlated electron systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • Seminar in Physics of Materials
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Solid State and Semiconductor Theory
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Corrosion of Materials

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Email addresses for three people who will provide letters of recommendation.  This information is submitted within the application and letters are sent from the recommender directly to us through the application portal. 
  • One transcript from each institution you have attended, including the one you currently attend.  Unofficial transcripts uploaded by you are sufficient for the review process.  Official transcripts are only required if you are admitted.  
  • Residential Status Questionnaire (for in-state tuition purposes)
  • Test scores for English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16768 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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