MEng in Materials Science and Engineering

Duke Materials Science engineers explained why DNA has its unique spiral shape. We created the liposome as a way to deliver cancer drugs to tumors. And we discovered the formula for a quasicrystal metallic alloy that can be used for low-friction machine parts, such as ball bearings and sliding parts. As part of our Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering, you become part of a close-knit community of faculty who are tackling the tricky, messy problems that don't fit neatly inside traditional disciplines. Our research, teaching, and hallway discussions focus on pushing the boundaries of materials science.

Review the MEng Materials Science and Engineering curriculum

MEng students take the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and an Internship, two specialization courses at the graduate level, and can select core curriculum courses from at least three of the following four cores:

  • Solid Materials
  • Soft Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymeric Materials

In addition to a Masters degree, students can pursue various graduate certificate programs focused on nanoscience, tissue engineering, and photonics. The department also hosts a graduate admitting program for a Certificate in Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems.

Departmental Research

Although research is not a required part of the MEng curriculum, departmental research influences the intellectual conversation in the classroom. Materials Science and Engineering faculty members are leading experts in the emerging field of soft, wet materials and research efforts, as well as computational materials science. Active topics in research and education in materials science include:

  • Soft wet materials
  • Nanostructures
  • Electronic materials
  • Computational materials science
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