Materials have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. They exist in various forms; semiconductors in computer chips; light materials in aerospace applications; biomaterials in artificial organs or bone replacements; catalyst substrates in energy industries; and optical materials in communications systems, among others. Suffice to say, it is no exaggeration that the revolution of today’s technologies largely depend on the development of new and innovative materials.
Materials science emphasises the relationship between synthesis and processing of materials, the structure (of materials) at atomic scales and their macroscopic properties. Material properties can be tailored by manipulating its composition and structure through synthesis and processing.
The programme is designed to build a strong foundation of knowledge that incorporates the elements of applied physics and chemistry at the introductory level in year 1. At a later stage, students will be exposed to metallurgy, polymer science, ceramics and composites, and will be trained to handle various instruments and tools for characterisation and analysis through practical sessions and cooperative placements.
The Students are required to undergo industrial training under UCSI University’s cooperative placement programme at the end of year 2. This allows students to be exposed to and prepared themselves for a real-life working environment
*International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but of non-English curriculum, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the Certificate in English programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfill the above English requirements prior commencing their studies at the university.
The understanding of materials properties, processing and application of materials enables our Material Science graduates to contribute positively in the areas of research, design and development.
Upon graduation, our graduates can employ their strong technical knowledge and analytical skills across industries – including consulting – around the world. The growing manufacturing sector places great demand for more Material Science specialists who have the right expertise and knowledge. As such, graduates in this niche field have an added advantage over their peers in careers related to design and development of materials for technology advancement; testing and control of quality of different materials; exploration and application of new materials in the industry; improvement and enhancement of the characteristics of materials; investigate and prevent material failure as well as to meet design requirements.
Source: UCSI University