Program Description

Sabancı University Materials Science and Engineering (MAT) doctorate program started its activities in 2000-2001 Fall Semester. The name of the MAT graduate / doctorate program has been changed to Materials Science and Nano-Engineering Program (MAT) as of 2016-2017 academic year. The program is an interdisciplinary field that is closely related to a variety of disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, as well as mechanical, construction, aviation and chemical engineering. The language of the program is English. This program distinguishes itself from other similar programs in Turkey as it teaches the experimental, theoretical and computational material science approaches in various fields such as polymers, ceramics, composites, energy cycle and storage materials, carbon materials, cement, rather than traditional just metallurgical courses. Within the framework of the nano-engineering concept, the concentration in education and research activities for nanomaterials and their applications also brings difference. Graduate level research activities are greatly emphasized and supported. Laboratory-related courses and education and research programs, whereby students can gain important practical experience especially in material characterization, stand out. Material characterization laboratories (such as imaging, mechanical, thermal, electronic and magnetic resonance) and related equipment are available to all doctorate students after the necessary training is provided within the courses and research projects.

Program Objectives

It provides a comprehensive research and education medium that equips its graduates with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for the understanding, design, and development of advanced technology materials emphasizing synthetic and biological polymers, ceramics, and composites. Its focus is on nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. With its extensive academic and industrial collaborations, it is oriented towards individuals seeking an academic or a professional career.


Qualification Awarded

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Materials Science and Nano Engineering (third cycle in Materials Science and Nano Engineering) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully completed all courses in the curriculum.

Level of Qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Specific Admission Requirements

The general requirements explained in “Quotas and Admissions” of Instruction Letter For Sabancı Unıversity Graduate Programs for admission of students.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Students must obtain a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.00 and successfully pass all courses on the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Exemptness from the courses which are included in transfer and student exchange programs are regulated by the related articles in Information on the Instruction Letter For Sabancı Unıversity Graduate. At Sabancı University, apart from formal education institutions, there is no recognition process for informal-based or experience-based (in-formal and non-formal) learning.

Common Outcomes of PhD Programs:

  1. Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications
  2. Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.
  3. Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.
  4. Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.
  5. Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.
  6. Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.
  7. Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.
  8. Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.
  9. Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.
  10. Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
  11. Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.
  12. Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.
  13. Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.
  14. Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.
  15. Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.
  16. Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates

  • Researchers, scientists and academics in higher-education institutes, research institutes, technology companies and consulting firms.
  • Product design
  • Material manufacturing and research
  • Systems management
  • Materials consultancy
  • Research and development
  • Fundamental material manufacturing
  • Energy industry

Access to Further Studies

The general requirements explained in “Quotas and Admissions” of Information on the Instruction Letter For Sabancı Unıversity Graduate Programs for acceptance of the students to be taken to the graduate programs.

Exam Regulations and Assessment & Grading

The evaluation and grading of each course is included in “Examinations & Academic Assessment and Grades” of Information on the Instruction Letter For Sabancı Unıversity Graduate for admission of students.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are explained in the Instruction Letter For Sabancı Unıversity Graduate for admission of students.

Mode of Study


Program Coordinator

Selmiye Alkan Gürsel-