MEng in Materials Science and Engineering Curriculum

The Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering is a 30 credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental Core Requirements (15 credits)
  • Specialization Requirements (9 credits)
  • Internship, Applied Research Experience or Project (0 credits)

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MSE Curriculum Notes

  1. Recommended courses are in italics.
  2. Courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DGS.
  3. Students matriculating in Fall 2013 or after are required to take 1 semester of the EGRMGMT 501 Engineering Management Seminar (Fall Only):

    Weekly Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business managers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, the series also includes information on career opportunity and development. A weekly post-seminar reception allows students to talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers


Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries (3 cr)
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers (3 cr)

Departmental Core Requirements (15 credits)

Mathematics (1 Course required) (3 cr)

All students are required to take ONE course from either of the following two areas:

Recommended mathematics courses
  • MATH 551 Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables (F)
  • MATH 577 Mathematical Modeling (S)
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor
Recommended computational courses
  • ME 649 Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (F) 
  • ME 524/CE 530 Finite Element Method (F)
  • MATH 561 Scientific Computing
  • COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor

MEMS Core Curriculum, Materials Science Concentration (12 cr)

All students must take a total of FOUR courses from the MEMS (Materials Science) core concentrations, covering at least three of the four cores.

Core 1: General Materials Science
  • ME 555: Intermediate Materials Science (F)
  • ME 512: Thermodynamics of Materials (S)
  • PHYS 563: Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • ME 711: Advanced Materials Laboratory
Core 2: Solid Materials and Photonics
  • ME 515: Introduction to Electronic Materials
  • ME 555: Introduction to Solid State Engineering
  • PHYS 810: Advanced Solid State Physics
  • ME 759: Electrons and Phonons in Solid State Engineering
  • ECE 511: Foundations in Nanoscience and Technology
  • ME 555: Optical Properties of Nanomaterials
  • ECE 545: Nanophotonics
  • ECE 590: Advanced Optics
  • ECE 590: Advances in Photonics
Core 3: Soft Materials/Interfaces
  • ME 514/BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
  • BME/ME 518: Biomedical Materials
  • BME 570L: Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • ME 555: Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
  • ME 555: Electromagnetism of Fluids
  • ME 555: Fundamentals of Physical Surface Chemistry
  • ECE 590: Biochip Engineering
Core 4: Characterization
  • ME 711: Advanced Instrumentation
  • BME 550: Modern Microscopy
  • ME 555: Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • ECE 590: Imaging and Spectroscopy

Specialization Requirements (9 credits)

All students will need to take courses totaling 9 credits beyond the core requirement. These can be any THREE graduate level courses (or 300 to 400 level with DGS approval). Although these courses can be any Duke courses to render the program flexible, preference should be given to MEMS Core and engineering courses, to develop the necessary disciplinary depth.

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project
  • MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment