MS Materials Engineering

Program Description

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering under the Faculty of Mechanical, Chemical, Materials, and Mining Engineering (FCM3) at PAF-IAST intends to start the Master of Science (MS) in Materials Engineering. This program is aimed at training students about contemporary issues, challenges, trends, research, and advancements in the field of Materials science & engineering with the vision of developing professionals to manage critical materials related industrial problems that Pakistan is currently facing. This program is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for understanding and creating innovative materials. Faculty members with vast experience, will impart knowledge to students of this program with best possible pedagogical methods.

Key Research Areas

Mineral processing and extractive metallurgy

Advanced materials processing

Alloy development and design

Surface engineering and coating technologies

Corrosion and surface protection


Energy materials

Functional materials



Merit Scheme

Merit for admission into MS in Materials Engineering program will be determined based on the academic record (50%), test and interview (50%).


In being interdisciplinary program, graduates with 16 years of education in the fields of Metallurgy, Materials, Power, Civil, Petroleum & Gas, Mechanical, Polymer, Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry/Physics, and/or any other relevant discipline are eligible to apply.
Candidates will need to qualify for GAT (general) arranged by NTS or PAF-IAST. Minimum qualifying marks are 50%.

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.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The program covers a broad range of topics related to materials engineering, including the properties, structure, processing, and characterization of materials.

Hands-on Experience

The program includes practical training in the use of materials and equipment, and students get hands-on experience working with different types of materials in the laboratory.

Interdisciplinary Approach:

 Materials engineering involves the application of knowledge from various fields, and the program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to teach students how to integrate different disciplines to create new materials and processes.

Research Focus:

The program emphasizes research and provides opportunities for students to participate in ongoing research projects or conduct their own research in collaboration with faculty members.


The program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in materials engineering and related fields, with a focus on developing practical skills that are in high demand in the industry.

Global Outlook:

The program has a global outlook and prepares students to work in an international environment, with a focus on understanding the challenges and opportunities of working in a globalized world.

Sustainability Focus:

The program emphasizes sustainable materials engineering and provides training in the development of materials and processes that minimize environmental impact and promote sustainability.

Technological Landscape

In today’s technological landscape, the field of materials engineering is increasingly relying on computational tools and data-driven approaches to advance materials design, analysis, and research. The curriculum of the MS Materials Engineering program is tuned to meet the evolving demands of the industry and equip students with the necessary competencies for success in their careers.

Lab Equipment

The department has invested heavily in developing infrastructure and research facilities of both basic and applied nature. Following are the state-of-the-art, high-tech labs that will enhance the research capabilities of the MS students.

  1. Workshop &Welding Lab
  2. Computer Lab
  3. Thermodynamics Lab
  4. Engineering Mechanics Lab
  5. Metallography/Sample preparation Lab
  6. Mechanical Testing Lab
  7. Heat Treatment Lab
  8. Advanced Characterization Lab
  9. Ceramics & Polymer Lab
  10. Corrosion Lab
  11. Composite Lab
  12. Foundry Lab
  13. Manufacturing Process Lab

Courses List - MS in Materials Engineering

Core Courses

Sr. No. Course Name CrH
1. Materials Thermodynamics 3
2. Phase Transformation & Microstructures 3
3. Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
4. Advanced Materials Characterization 3
5. Research Methodology 2 (Non-credit)
6. Programming Concepts in Materials Science and Engineering 3

Electives Courses

Sr. No.

Course Name



Modern Steels and Processes



Advanced Welding and Joining Processes



Metal Forming



Industrial Metallurgical Processes



Advanced Surface Engineering



Corrosion and Surface Protection



Polymer Science and Engineering 



Nano Materials and Nano Processing



Agglomeration Technologies



Mineral Processing



Extractive Metallurgy



Interface and Solution Chemistry



Modelling and Simulation of Mineral

Processing Systems



Design and Feasibility of Mineral Processing Plants



Performance Studies in Mineral and Coal

Processing Plants


1st Semester

Course Code

Course title

Credit Hours


Core 01



Core 02



Elective 01



Compulsory subject*


*This course is non-credit compulsory course.

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course title

Credit Hours


Core 03



Core 04



Elective 02


3rd Semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MSE-### Elective 03 3
MSE-### Elective 04 3
MSE-898 Research Work (MSE-898) 3

4th Semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MSE-899 Research Thesis (MSE-899) 6


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.

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