A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is a postgraduate degree that is offered in many different disciplines, both in the humanities and in the sciences. Students will typically need to study extensively for at least four years, as well as complete a thesis or dissertation, in order to successfully complete the program.
What is a PhD in Material Science? Usually combined with engineering, a PhD in Material Science provides advanced studies in the chemical properties and structures of composite materials like ceramics, metals, rubbers, polymers and semiconductors. The study can be further differentiated into such areas as fuel cells, hydrogen storage, photonics, lasers, nanostructured materials, solar cells, protein biochemistry and biotechnology, and super capacitors. Many programs particularly emphasize the study of renewable resources with respect to energy.
Studying material science in greater depth is a way of analytically breaking down and understanding the world around you. In addition to enhancing one’s knowledge in a specific area, it also improves the student’s ability for critical thinking and problem solving, and applying one’s curiosity effectively.
The associated costs of the degree will depend on which institution you choose and the program you apply to. Opting for an online course of study is one way that many use to reduce their expenses.
The career possibilities for graduates with this degree will depend on the area or specialty they have chosen, such as plastics, lasers, fuel, etc. Within their area, they may focus on research and new product development or may be involved in manufacturing and production. Graduates are hired by research facilities, government departments, laboratories, universities and technology and manufacturing companies of all kinds.
Achieving a doctorate degree in material science can greatly enhance your ability to find a top paying job in this field. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
An interdisciplinary program on the physical and chemical fundamentals of material synthesis, characterization, structure-property behavior, processing and computational modeling; with [+]
PhD in Material Science and Engineering
An interdisciplinary program on the physical and chemical fundamentals of material synthesis, characterization, structure-property behavior, processing and computational modeling; with emphasis on practical laboratory experience.
Research areas of interest: Nanostructured materials Photonics & laser materials Polymeric materials & composites Fuel cells & hydrogen storage materials Processing & device applications Protein biochemistry & biotechnology Micro-optics & micro-nano system technologies
EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 21, 2013
REGULAR APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 16, 2013... [-]
The mission of Doctoral studies is to ensure achievement of the goal of Doctoral studies, thus stimulating change of generations of scientists in the industry of Material sciences and rejuvenation of the composition of LLU Forest faculty’s academic staff. [+]
Doctoral students do research at the Laboratory of Metallurgy of the Light Metals under the supervision of Professor Petr Polyakov. Their research focuses on studying high-temperature electrochemical processes and designing new types of environmentally friendly and energy efficient electrolyzers. [+]
Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) was founded in August, 2005, and currently offers both master and doctoral programs. [+]