2.3.6    Minor in Engineering Materials (with Faculty of Science)

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[Administered jointly by the Faculty of Engineering (Department of Materials Science & Engineering) and the Faculty of Science]

Engineering materials have played a key role in shaping the evolution of the industry in the past. All the more so, in recent times, materials played a catalytic role in influencing the technological advancement and economic growth of nations. It is not a coincidence that the most advanced nations of the world are also most advanced in the know-how of materials, which ranges from synthetic to biological materials. Rapid strides in advancement in cutting-edge technologies, whether related to life sciences such as in biomaterials, or engineering such as in thin films, are dependent on the further growth in the knowledge related to materials. Some of the materials-sensitive technologies include Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Information Technology and Wafer Level Packaging. In order to align ourselves with most of the leading economies and universities of the world, it is imperative that we create a network of programmes that drive our students into the world of engineering materials.

The objectives of this multidisciplinary minor programme are as follows:

  • To equip students with the fundamentals related to engineering materials, placing particular emphasis on advanced materials, design, manufacturing and processes,
  • To enable students to be more aware of the behaviour of materials in engineering applications, and
  • To enable students to select the materials for various engineering applications.


To satisfy the Minor in Engineering Materials, a student must read materials related modules equivalent to at least 24 MCs, including the 8 MCs earned from the two core modules [((MLE1101 or ME2151) and MLE2101))], and at least two advanced elective modules (Level-3000 and Level-4000). In addition, the student has to select one of three tracks offered, namely, Biomedical and Polymeric Materials, Electronic Materials, and Structural Materials. Modules to be taken, other than the core modules, must be selected from the basket of modules listed under the appropriate track:

Biomedical and Polymeric Materials
BN3301   Introduction to Biomaterials
BN4301   Principles of Tissue Engineering
CN4203   Polymer Engineering
CM3264   Petroleum and Industrial Organics
CM4262   Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques
CM4264   Speciality Polymers: Synthesis, Characterisation and Applications
CM4265   Polymer Blends and Composites
MLE3104   Polymeric and Composite Materials
MLE4202   Selected Advanced Topics on Polymers
MLE4203   Polymeric Biomedical Materials
ME4253   Biomaterials Engineering

Electronic Materials
CM3263   Chemistry of Semiconductors
CN4216   Electronic Materials Science
CN4217   Processing of Microelectronic Materials
CN4223   Microelectronic Thin Films
EE4411   Silicon Processing Technology
MLE2105   Electronic Properties of Materials
MLE3105   Dielectric and Magnetic Materials
MLE4207   Growth Aspects of Semiconductors
PC3235   Solid State Physics 1
PC3241   Solid State Devices
PC3242   Physics of Semiconductor Processing
PC4240   Solid State Physics 2
PC4253   Thin Film Technology
PC4259   Surface Physics
PC4264   Advanced Solid State Devices

Structural Materials
CE2164   Structural Design and Materials
CE3166   CE Materials and Structural Steel Systems
CE5604    Advanced Concrete Technology
ME3251   Materials for Engineers
ME4251   Thermal Engineering of Materials
ME4254   Materials in Engineering Design
ME4255   Materials Failure
MLE2102   Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
MLE2104    Mechanical Properties of Materials
MLE2106    Metallic Materials and Processing
MLE2107    Ceramic Materials and Processing
PC4259   Surface Physics

More details on the programme can be found at:

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