Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering

Program Description

Materials Science and Engineering is a four-year study that integrates fundamental knowledge of the structure and properties of materials with essential engineering skills, including the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), to advance materials development and optimization. The program combines theoretical training with hands-on experimental work, encompassing various classes of materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. In addition to traditional material manipulation techniques, students also explore the use of AI-driven methodologies to enhance materials design and performance.

Graduates are equipped with the knowledge of process-structure-property-performance relationships and utilize AI tools to unlock the full potential of materials for various applications. In the curriculum, students engage in projects involving the synthesis and characterization of advanced materials using AI-guided approaches. They explore the design and creation of materials with enhanced functional properties. The program emphasizes the development of environmentally friendly, sustainable manufacturing processes that strategically utilize rare materials and natural resources. Moreover, students are introduced to the application of AI in materials informatics, enabling efficient materials discovery, property prediction, and materials design optimization. They learn to leverage AI models and simulations to accelerate the exploration of new material compositions and predict their performance in diverse applications.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)


Graduates will pursue a career in materials engineering-related disciplines, seek higher education, and also be able to start their businesses as an entrepreneur in the field of engineering.  


Graduates will effectively apply engineering knowledge and training to contribute to the health, safety, environmental and economic well-being of society. 


Graduates will strive for lifelong learning and engagement through continued professional development and participation and leadership in professional societies and organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1. Engineering Knowledge:

An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.

2. Problem Analysis:

An ability to identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.

3. Design/Development of Solutions:

An ability to design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

4. Investigation:

An ability to investigate complex engineering problems in a methodical way including literature survey, design and conduct of experiments, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and synthesis of information to derive valid conclusions.

5. Modern Tool Usage:

An ability to create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modeling, to complex engineering activities, with an understanding of the limitations.

6. The Engineer and Society:

An ability to apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solution to complex engineering problems.

7. Environment and Sustainability:

An ability to understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development.

8. Ethics:

Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.

9. Individual and Teamwork:

An ability to work effectively, as an individual or in a team, on multifaceted and /or multidisciplinary settings.

10. Communication:

An ability to communicate effectively, orally as well as in writing, on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

11. Project Management:

An ability to demonstrate management skills and apply engineering principles to one’s own work, as a member and/or leader in a team, to manage projects in a multidisciplinary environment.

12. Lifelong Learning:

An ability to recognize importance of and pursue lifelong learning in the broader context of innovation and technological developments.

Associated Careers

The skills developed during a materials science degree mean graduates go into a range of jobs including working as engineering professionals and in design and business roles. Jobs opportunities for material engineers in Pakistan:

Steel and Iron Industries:

Pakistan Steel mills, People Steel mills, Crescent Steel and Allied Products Limited, Suzuki Motorcycles Pakistan Limited, Atlas Honda Limited, Deewan Farooque Motors Limited, Sindh Engineering Limited, Japan Metal Industries, Adamjee Engineering (Pvt) Limited, Deacon Engineering Limited, Metropolitan Steels, Chicago Metal Works.

Foundry related industry:

Rastgar (Pvt) Ltd and Meekas (pvt) Ltd, Euro -Pak Foundry, National Foundry, Walli Foundry, Bismillah Foundry, Farid Steel Cating (pvt) Ltd.

Textile Industry

Cresent Textile Mills ltd, Allah Wasaya Textile mill, Mahmood textile mill, Lal textile mill, Romi textile mill, Saqiq Abad textile mill.

Medical and Surgical industry

Kashmir Surgical Company, Technologic Surgical Industries, ACME Surgical Industries, Tata Surgical (pvt)Ltd, Sialkot Surgident Industries.

Sports Industry

Awan Sports Industries, CTR Sports Industry, Arbish Sports Industries, Wembro Sports Industries, ASC Sports.

Heat Treatment Facilities

Soan Enterprises (pvt) Ltd.

Plastic Moulding industries

Boss Enterprises (pvt) Ltd.

Ceramic and glass processing facilities

Ghani Glass (pvt) Ltd, Pak Marble Processing Industries (pvt) Ltd, Concrete Concepts (pvt) Ltd, Bestway Cement Limited, Dewan Cement Limited.

Defense Sector


Oil & Gas


Research & Development


Designing and testing materials for use in buildings, bridges.


Developing materials for use in semiconductors, electronic components.


Developing materials for use in renewable energy technologies


Optimizing materials and processes to improve efficiency and reduce costs in manufacturing operations.

Why Study at PAF IAST?

Location and Ambience

PAF IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides. The institute offers one  ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. Furthermore, to its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Moreover, set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. This results in an ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity. Most importantly, major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour. All these features make PAF IAST the best biomedical sciences university in KPK. 

Technology Advancement and Foreign Partnership

This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. Therefore, all faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn. Furthermore, they benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions. The institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. Moreover, the institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. As a result, we have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. 

Academia-Industry Relationship

There is a strong relationship between academia and industry. As a result, this paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. Therefore, this will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives.

On-Spot Industry Internship

Firstly, it will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. Secondly, this will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.

Need and Merit-based Scholarships

Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.

Entry Criteria

F. Sc (Pre-Eng.) / A-Levels (Math, Physics, Chemistry) or DAE (Diploma of Associate Engineering in Electrical/Chemical/Mechanical/Metallurgy/Civil )

BE Materials Engineering Course Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MGT-262 Entrepreneurship 3 0 3
COMP-102 Introduction to ICT 2 0 2
COMP-102 L Introduction to ICT Lab 0 1 1
SS-111 Islamic Studies 2 0 2
MTH–101 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 3 0 3
PHY-101  Applied Physics 3 0 3
PHY-101L Applied Physics Lab 0 1 1
MSE-101 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials 3 0 3
Total 16 2 18  

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
SS-310 Professional Ethics 3 0 3
SS-112 Pakistan Studies 2 0 2  
MTH–202 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 3 0 3
ME–101L Workshop Practice 0 1 1
CH-102 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry 3 0 3
CH-102L Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Lab 0 1 1
SS–102 English Language and Communication Skills 3 0 3
  Total 14 2 16

Semester 3

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-202 Applied Geology & Mineral Dressing 3 0 3
ECE-110 Basic Electrical Engineering 2 0 2
ECE-110L Basic Electrical Engineering Lab 0 1 1  
MSE-211 Materials Thermodynamics 3 0 3 MSE-101
ME–103 Engineering Mechanics     2 0 2
ME–103L Engineering Mechanics Lab 0 1 1
MSE-221 Crystallography & X-ray Diffraction 3 0 3
SS-331 Community Service 0 1  1 (NC)
MSE-291 Materials Engineering Lab-l 0 2 2  
Total 13 4 17  

Semester 4

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-231 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3 0 3 ME-103
MSE-213 Iron & Steel Making 2 0 2 MSE-211
MTH-307 Numerical Computations 2 0 2 MTH-202
MTH-307L Numerical Computations Lab 0 1 1
SS-203 Technical & Business Writing 3 0 3 SS-102
MSE-212 Phase Equilibria and Microstructures 3 0 3 MSE-211
MSE-222 Characterization Techniques 2 0 2 MSE-221
MSE-292 Materials Engineering Lab-ll 0 1 1
ME –102L Engineering Drawing 0 1 1 MTH-101
Total 15 3 18  

Semester 5

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-314 Heat Treatment Processing 3 0 3 MSE-212
MSE-332 Manufacturing Processes 3 0 3 MSE-231
MSE-335 Powder Processing 2 0 2
CHE-423 Instrumentation & Process Control 3 0 3
CHE-423L Instrumentation & Process Control Lab 0 1 1
MSE-334 Joining of Materials 2 0 2
SS-120 Occupational Health and Safety 2 0 2  
MSE-393 Materials Engineering Lab-lll 0 2 2
Total 15 3 18  

Semester 6

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-303 Polymeric Materials 3 0 3 CH-102
MSE-315 Non-ferrous Metallurgy 2 0 2 MSE-211
MSE-333 Foundry Engineering 2 0 2 MSE-212
SS-321 Engineering Economics 2 0 2
MSE-361 Corrosion Engineering 3 0 3 MSE-211
MSE-304 Ceramics & Glasses 3 0 3 MSE-101
MSE-394 Materials Engineering Lab-lV 0 2 2
Total 15 2 17  

Semester 7

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-423 Material Selection & Design 2 0 2
MGT-344 Engineering Management 3 0 3
MSE-498 Materials Design Project-I 0 3 3
MSE-4XX Elective – I 3 0 3
MSE-441 Composite Materials 3 0 3 MSE-303 and MSE-304
MSE-455 Materials Engineering Lab-V 0 1 1
Total 11 4 15  

Semester 8

Course Code Course Title Theory CH Lab CH Total Pre-Req
MSE-442 Advanced Materials 3 0 3
MSE-4XX Elective-Il 3 0 3
MSE-499 Materials Design Project-II 0 3 3  
MSE-4XX Elective-IlI 3 0 3
MGT-355 Production & Operational Management 3 0 3
Total 12 3 15  


  • Applied Geology & Mineral Dressing
  • Surface Engineering of Materials
  • Extractive Metallurgy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Metallurgical Plants and Quality Control
  • Biomaterials and Applications
  • Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
  • Renewable Energy Technologies / Systems
  • Energy Economics, Policy and Management
  • Energy Conservation and Auditing
  • AI in Materials Engineering
  • Materials Modeling and Simulation
  • Neural networks for materials constants
  • Machine Learning for High-Entropy Alloys
  • Nanostructure Design by Materials Informatics
  • Machine Learning for advanced materials
  • Visualizing Data with Python


PAF-IAST promotes equal opportunities and welcomes students from all backgrounds, irrespective of their creed, color, gender, ethnicity, and their social and financial status. Female students are encouraged to join any program of their choice and realize their dreams.