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The Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering in intended for students with a undergraduate degree in chemistry, pharmacy studies, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, or engineering degrees in similar fields. The degree is aimed at students who want to enhance their career options or direct their professional career towards the field of materials. Once students have obtained their Master's Degree, they will gain access to employment as professionals in high-level research, development and innovation in the industry. They will also be able to further develop their academic career by pursuing a doctoral degree in a similar research area.


In order to be admitted to the Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, students must hold an undergraduate university degree from a Spanish institution, or an equivalent degree issued by a higher education institution established within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which allows for access to Master's level programmes in the country issuing the qualification.

Students with degrees issued outside the EHEA will also be able to enrol in the master's degree without the need to validate their undergraduate coursework, after IQS has ensured a level of education equivalent to the corresponding officially recognised Spanish University degree. The country issuing the qualification must be capable of issuing access to graduate level studies. Access via this route will by no means require validation of the qualification of the person interested and its recognition will not be used for any other purposes than for the enrolment in a master's programme.

a) The following degrees do not in general need further requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in Nanotechnology or equivalent.


b) The following degrees may require further requisites before starting the Master’s Degree:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technologies, Physics or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy Studies or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in Environmental Sciences or equivalent
  • Bachelor or degree of Engineering in the aforementioned fields


The Committee Adviser of the Master's Degree in MaterialsScience and Engineering will study each particular case and will specify the content of the requirements that each candidate must fulfil. The following table shows the proposed requirements, which will be confirmed or modified by the committee adviser depending on the candidate’s previous studies.

Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technologies, Physics, or equivalent- Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
- Materials and Biomaterials
- Structural Determination (identification methods)
Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy Studies or equivalent- Materials and Biomaterials
Bachelor or Degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or equivalent- Materials and Biomaterials
Degrees in Environmental Sciences or equivalent- Materials and Biomaterials
- Structur Determination (identification methods)


Transfer Requirements

Transfer requirements will be addressed by the Permanent Committee of the Academic Board on a case-by-case basis to establish the appropriate recognition of credits. The Committee will also handle admissions for students from any Spanish or foreign university system who have studied at the undergraduate level within the EHEA framework.

For students from other European Union Member States or from countries with which Spain has international agreements, applicants must hold a degree that allows admission to equivalent graduate programmes in the student’s country of origin. Students from outside of the EU, or from countries that do not have an established agreement with Spain, need to first pass the corresponding University entrance exam.

Completion Requirements

Students must pass all credits in order to obtain the Master's Degree.

During the academic year, students will normally have two opportunities to pass exams: in February and in June – for the first semester subjects – and in June and in September – for the second semester subjects, or for subjects that last two consecutive semesters. 

If a student does not pass a subject in the ordinary examination periods, they have two extra examination periods available to do so. Once the two extra examination periods have been used, students can request the Permanent Commission of the Academic Board (PCAB) to review their case, enclosing a statement justifying their reasons for not passing with the request. The PCAB may complement this information by consulting with the Master’s programme coordinator. If a student does not pass the subject through this additional call, they must leave the programme.

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