This combination imparts graduates with full training as material engineers who can embark on careers in research and development or in the manufacturing industry alike, in those fields requiring specific expertise in physics.
The first part of the curriculum places emphasis on the in-depth study of the basic subjects (mathematics, physics and computers). Already during their freshman year, students complete the introductory courses in materials engineering.
The second part of the curriculum includes compulsory courses in materials engineering, during which students acquire a scientific foundation for each of the disciplines comprising materials engineering, and advanced physics courses.
The compulsory courses include:
- Basic courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computers and English.
- The fundamental courses in materials science: the structure and composition of crystalline and amorphous materials, thermodynamics, kinetics and the mechanical behavior of materials.
- Courses focusing on the properties of metals, plastic materials, ceramic materials, composite materials, electronic materials and the electrochemical properties of materials.
- Concurrently, students learn the compulsory courses in modern physics: analytical mechanics, waves, statistical and thermal physics, quantum physics and solid state physics.
During the final part of the curriculum, students specialize in specific fields, such as electronic materials, electro-optical materials, the mechanics of materials, and more. Specialization is acquired primarily through elective courses (out of the lists of elective courses of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and of the Department of Physics) and through the completion of advanced projects. Students’ participation in laboratory work is an integral part of the curriculum, during which students conduct experiments and acquire hands-on knowledge about phenomena and processes.