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Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The current Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering is the result of the unification of the Metallurgy and Siderurgy Chairs of the ETSEIB, together with the professors of the same Knowledge area of the ETSEIT and the Technical Faculties of Vilanova, Manresa and Terrassa.
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The justification of a doctorate program shares with the other programs a common motive: To provide scientific background to the student and enough expertise in experimental techniques that can be used by the candidate after finishing his doctoral thesis. The program also aims to form professionals who can easily enrol later in Universities, technological centres, and companies, being able to lead and develop research activities.

The field of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering has progressively been acquiring its own identity during the last three decades. In turns, this technology is under permanent developing, more than traditional scientific or technological disciplines.

The doctoral programme in Materials Science and Metallurgy has been prepared to encompass the following objectives:

  • provide training in the experimental techniques needed for carrying out research tasks in this field
  • introduce different materials (plastics, ceramics, biomaterials) not studied as part of the second cycle
  • further scientific knowledge of the physical and mechanical behaviour of materials

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research lines: 

  • Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering
  • Light Alloys and Surface Treatments Design Centre
  • Structural Integrity, Micromechanics and Reliability of Materials
  • Surface Interaction in Bioengineering and Materials Science 
  • Polyfunctional polymeric materials
  • Conformation Processes of Metallic Materials

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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