An Introduction to Materials Science

7.5 Credits
First 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, 27 April 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 13 May 2017.


  • Field-specific entry requirements 8/A8 or equivalent knowledge

Summary in English

After completing the course students shall be able to:

  • describe the structure of metals, polymers, ceramics and composite materials
  • describe the properties, especially the mechanical properties, of engineering metals polymers, ceramics and composite materials and the way these affect the most important applications for these materials
  • describe and sketch the most common metal crystal structures and label the planes and directions of these
  • be familiar with the basic heat treatment processes for metals and the usage of binary phase diagrams, especially the Fe-C phase diagram
  • identify and describe common metal microstructures and the influence of structure and phase transformations on the resulting mechanical properties
  • account for the concepts of elastic and plastic deformation and the most common methods for mechanical testing of engineering materials, especially metals
  • describe the most common hardening mechanisms of metals
  • work with common techniques for material testing, metallographic sample preparation and light optical microscopy