The bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering trains critical professionals for most productive sector industries, endowing them with a multidisciplinary perspective that combines creative, economic, scientific and technological aspects.
The bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering provides engineers with a strong scientific foundation and interdisciplinary technical preparation, equipping them with knowledge of the structures, properties, processing and applications of all types of materials, as well as the ability to design and use these materials in a variety of applications and great adaptability in R&D and innovation. UB-trained professionals play key roles in the manufacture of any product due to their involvement in all stages of production: design, procurement, processing, evaluation of performance in service, and recycling alternatives after useful life. They receive training in research to improve materials in specialized laboratories where they study raw materials, as well as in how to create new materials by modifying the chemical composition or atomic structure of existing ones.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Chemistry
Branch of knowledge
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 62,2%, Spanish 36%, English 1,8%
Admission grade

7,792 (July 2024, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit18,46 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


  • A solid foundation in the science of engineering and a series of technical skills, and knowledge of the structures, properties, development and application of a variety of materials; the skills required to design and use such materials for different professional ends.
  • The ability to adapt R&D expertise to a variety of professional contexts.



General competences

  • Commitment to ethical practice (critical and self-critical capabilities/capacity to demonstrate attitudes consistent with accepted notions of ethical practice).
  • Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply the knowledge acquired/capacity to take decisions and adapt to new situations). This includes the general ability for critical reasoning, foreseeing problems and finding solutions.
  • Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project/and capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams). The ability to work in a team implies in many of the branches of materials engineering to participate in cross-disciplinary teams. This competence encompasses other aspects, such as leadership, decision-making and even managerial skills.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects/capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches). Creative and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the capacity and initiative to adapt to new situations, are highly valued skills in career opportunities for materials engineers.
  • Concern for sustainability (capacity to assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in a particular setting/capacity to adopt integrated and systemic approaches).
  • Communication skills (capacity to understand and produce spoken and written Catalan, Spanish and a third language, including the comprehension and use of specialized terminology/capacity to research and integrate information in these languages).

Specific competences

  • Capacity to plan how to solve problems related to the selection, manufacture, processing, use and recycling of all kinds of materials according to the available tools and the time and resource limitations.
  • Capacity to transmit knowledge and communicate procedures, results and techniques related to the behaviour and use of all kinds of materials.
  • Capacity to learn and acquire new knowledge and techniques.
  • Fundamentals aspects of science. Capacity to understand relevant concepts of the basic sciences (mathematics, chemistry and physics) to understand, describe and solve problems and challenges of science and materials engineering.
  • Ability to carry out and interpret measurements, calculations, assessments, studies, reports, plans and other tasks in the field of materials engineering.
  • Ability to identify the structures of different types of materials and to know materials characterization and analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of how to model the mechanical, electronic, chemical or biological behaviour of materials and their incorporation into components and devices.
  • Capacity to design, evaluate, select and manufacture materials according to their applications.
  • Capacity to design, develop and control processes to produce and transform materials.
  • Capacity to design and manage the use and durability of materials components and devices, with special attention to the impairment of materials and the respect for the environment.
  • Capacity to design, implement and control the processes of reuse and/or storage of materials, with a particular focus on caring for the environment.
  • Ability to assess the safety, durability and structural integrity of materials and the components that are made with them.
  • Knowledge of the organizational and economic principles of company management and how to apply these principles to the management of industries related to the previous points.
  • Knowledge of basic economics and statistics that facilitate the understanding, description and solution of problems and challenges in materials science and engineering.
  • Ability to learn to use appropriate software in any activity and field of materials engineering.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

  • Interest in the operation and structure of technology and technical equipment of different kinds.
  • Reasoning skills.
  • Initiative in developing original ideas.
  • Upper secondary school studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer studies and, preferably, in biology, industrial technology, electrical engineering and technical drawing.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information




Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 72
Compulsory 132
Optional 24
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Industrial Technology 1st semester Compulsory 6
Materials Technology 1st semester Compulsory 6
Reuse, Recovery and Recycling 1st semester Compulsory 6
Final project 1st semester
2nd semester
Compulsory final project 12
Materials Selection 2nd semester Compulsory 6

Pathways and specializations

Materials Engineering
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

  • Technical design, engineering and related industrial sectors in both production and R&D.
  • Materials production: life-cycle materials development and experimentation with new materials.
  • Materials control: characterization, control and durability of materials, materials design, structural safety, fault analysis and life-cycle forecast.
  • Production management and environmental consultancy.
  • Research and development.

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

Faculty of Chemistry

Martí i Franquès, 1 - 08028 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 021 200

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