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Graduate Studies in Material Science and Engineering

The University of Kentucky offers a rich graduate program in materials science engineering that allows students to immerse themselves in novel research projects across many fields. Reasons you should consider contacting us about graduate studies in materials engineering include:

  • UK boasts a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary research atmosphere with the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Arts & Sciences and Agriculture, Food and Environment—all within a 10 minute walk of each other.
  • The department also conducts research through the Center for Applied Energy Research, a nationally recognized leader in renewable energy solutions, as well as the Center of Membrane Sciences, UK Superfund Research Center, Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky’s only NCI-designated Cancer Center.


The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers the Ph.D. (or M.S.) in materials science and engineering. In this program, the emphasis is on the Ph.D. degree. Students with strong academic credentials can apply directly for Ph.D. study upon receipt of their bachelor’s degree (B.S.). For students with a prior M.S. degree, coursework credits completed at the graduate level are usually applicable to some portion of the requirements for the Ph.D. Learn more about our Graduate Programs and how to apply here

Institutes and Centers

Electron Microscopy Center

The central campus Electron Microscopy Center, located in the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC), houses a suite of instruments for state-of-the-art materials characterization. A variable-pressure scanning electron microscope (SEM) is outfitted with a light-element energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and a back- scattered diffraction camera for orientation imaging microscopy (OIM).

Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER)

CAER is an energy technology research facility whose broad mission is to conduct basic and applied research designed to generate information on Kentucky energy resources; ascertain the associated environmental impacts; and produce, test and evaluate new technologies. Current activities include coal cleaning, catalysis, emissions control, separation technologies, coal combustion byproducts research, and activated carbon research. CAER’s industrial support group works with industry to solve industrial problems through utilization of the center’s analytical services expertise and facilities. The Center for Applied Energy Research each year sponsors seminars by distinguished experts on current scientific topics of interest to the academic and research communities.