Materials are traditionally classified as metals, polymers, and ceramics. A fourth classification, composite materials, is a combination of two or more of the basic engineering materials. Metals are the oldest engineered materials used by man. These have good electrical and thermal conductivity, high ductility and malleability and high resistance to fracture. New challenges include alloys of higher strengths and improved corrosion resistance. Polymers are organic materials made of long molecules. Engineering applications include optic fibers, teflon and kevlar. Ceramics are inorganic compounds of metallic and non-metallic elements. Engineering ceramics are used in superconductors, integrated circuit packaging and high temperature turbines.
The field of Materials Science and Engineering is very broad and there are many niches in which the Philippines can excel, considering the vast material resources it is endowed with. It is imperative that a program in Materials Science and Engineering be offered in order that the country can secure its future and a chance of becoming a newly industrialized country.
The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, or M.S. MSE, aims to provide students with advanced education that will prepare them for professional careers as materials scientists and engineers in the industry, academia, or the public sector that can handle development and innovation required for the emerging needs for green or environmentally friendly materials, biomaterials, nanomaterials, and other smart and functional materials.