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Materials Science Courses

Take online materials science courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn materials science and other in-demand engineering subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

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What is Materials Science?

Materials science and engineering is the study, design and development of various types of materials and their uses. The field evolved from metallurgy and has experienced major advances since the 1960s with expanding materials research and development related to defense and space travel. Modern materials science development is moving even faster with the aid of technology and big data which can perform and analyze simulations much faster than a traditional materials testing lab.

Online Courses in Materials Science

The study of materials science is a cornerstone of any engineering program. Gain a fundamental understanding of the mechanical, electrical, optical and magnetic properties of materials in a self-paced online course from the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) in Russia. This 7-week online course will introduce you to the various properties and structures of materials and lay a strong foundation for your further study of engineering and its related disciplines. The course leverages your knowledge of chemistry and physics and will expose you to the latest advancements in the field of materials science.

Gain a deeper understanding of the effect of structure on the physical properties of materials with an advanced online course from MIT. Symmetry, Structure and Tensor Properties of Materials is a 14-week, in-depth course that looks at the use of symmetry in the tensor representation of crystal properties, the relationship between crystalline structure and properties and much more.

Explore additional materials science courses on the physics of electronic polymers, the fundamentals of nanoelectronics, photovoltaic materials and systems and more. Note that archived courses on edX work in a similar fashion to self-paced classes as students can register and start the course immediately.