Materials Science and Engineering

MS with Thesis

Advances in technology depends more and more on the discovery and development of new materials having particular desired properties. In addition to mechanical strength, various structural, optical, electrical, magnetic and thermal properties are demanded from materials depending on the application. The field of Materials Science and Engineering investigates different classes of materials -metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, biomaterials- with an emphasis on the relationships between the underlying structure and the processing, properties, and performance of the materials. Understanding various material properties is the first step in finding ways to tailor these properties to meet some particular need or application, and for creating entirely new materials having particular desired properties. The M.S. program in Material Science & Engineering at Koç University is an interdisciplinary program with the objective of giving the students the fundamental physical and chemical knowledge required for material synthesis, structure-property characterization and processing; and complementing this with practical laboratory experience.

Degree Requirements

Materials Science and Engineering master with thesis program consists of at least 7 courses of at least 21 credits and seminar courses and thesis studies.

Students are required to take at least seven (7) required and elective courses according to their interests and complete at least twenty-one (21) credits and seminar courses by the end of the 4th semester at the latest. Unless stated otherwise, courses are 3 credits. With the approval of their advisors, students can take a maximum of 2 undergraduate courses to provide a basis for graduate courses, and these undergraduate courses can be used to complete the course and credit requirements of the master with thesis program.

In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; MASE 595 – Master Thesis, MASE 590 – Seminar, ETHR 500 – Scientific Research Methods and Research and Publication Ethics, ENGL 500 – Academic Writing, TEAC 500 – Teaching Experience, KOLT 500 -Teaching in Higher Education and LIBR 500 – Library Researcher Development.


MASE 515 Materials Science and Engineering I
MASE 516 Materials Science and Engineering II
MASE 517 Advanced Physical Chemistry
MASE 518 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization

MASE 510 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
MASE 511 Introduction to Polymer Science
MASE 522 Vibrational Spectroscopy
MASE 530 Materials Behaviour
MASE 532 Statistical Mechanics of Polymers
MASE 534 Rubber Elasticity
MASE 536 Multicomponent Polymeric Systems
MASE 538 Intermolecular and Surface Forces
MASE 540 Surface & Interface Properties of Materials
MASE 542 Biomaterials
MASE 544 Nanoparticle Science and Technology
MASE 550 Optical Spectroscopy of Materials and Devices
MASE 570 Micro and Nanofabrication
MASE 571 Semiconductor Processing Methods

MATH 504 Numerical Methods
MATH 506 Numerical Methods II

MECH 541 Manufacturing of Advanced Engineering Materials
MECH 543 Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation
MECH 546 Machine Tools in Manufacturing
MECH 552 Introduction to Biomechanics
MECH 561 Mechanics of Condensed Matter

PHYS 509 Condensed Matter Physics I
PHYS 510 Condensed Matter Physics II

Courses are selected by the students from the above list and from other courses not listed here in accordance with their areas of specialization and subject to the approval of their advisors. In addition, each student has to take a seminar course, MASE 590 Seminar. Students also register for the thesis course.

MASE 590

MASE 596
PhD Thesis

TEAC 500
Teaching Experience

Students who have TA assignments must take TEAC 500: Teaching Experience during the semesters of their assignments. Students must also take ENGL 500: Graduate Writing course.