Materials and Surface Characterisation

7.5 Credits
Second Cycle Level 1
School of Technology and Business Studies
Subject field
Materials Technology (MPA)
Group of Subjects
Materials Technology
Disciplinary Domain
Technology, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Materials Technology1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 28 January 2020.
This syllabus is valid from 28 January 2020.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the students shall be able to:

  • Describe the most important methods and techniques used in materials testing and characterisation.
  • Show in depth theoretical and practical knowledge concerning opportunities and limitations using different material characterisation techniques.
  • Motivate for the choice of analytical methods based on the capabilities of the method and the relevance of the results to address a problem in materials science and engineering.
  • Apply some of these methods in practical analysis, and interpret the results and also be able to perform fundamental laboratory work in order to characterize microstructure and mechanical properties of materials.

Course Content

In the course, various mechanical testing methods, surface imaging and surface analysis methods are discussed theoretically. The mechanical testing methods included are tensile and impact testing and hardness measurement. The basics of surface-imaging techniques, such as light-optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and interference profilometry, are dealt with. The surface analysis methods discussed are energy dispersive X ray analysis (EDX), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF SIMS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X ray diffraction (XRD). The course also includes laboratory work in the characterisation of surface coatings, micro-structure and mechanical properties of metals.


Written examination (5 credits)
Written assignment (1 credit)
Laboratory work (1.5 credits)

Forms of Study

Lectures, assignment and laboratory work.
The assignment and the laboratory work are mandatory.


The Swedish grades U, 3, 4, 5
On laboratory work and assignment U, G

The written examination controls the final mark on the course.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials Science, Production Engineering) or equivalent degree of at least 180 credits. Documented language proficiency knowledge equivalent to English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent knowledge

Other Information

Replaces MP3032.