Competence field 1: Competences in one/more scientific discipline(s)
  1. Master and apply advanced knowledge in the own engineering discipline in solving complex problems.
  2. Apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and advanced communication instruments in a creative and purposeful way.
  3. Apply advanced knowledge of basic sciences (physics, chemistry and mechanics), using an analytical way of thinking.
  4. Advanced knowledge of characteristics and application fields of materials in order to obtain products with specific properties.
  5. Advanced knowledge of and practical experience with the use of techniques and methods to investigate the characteristics of materials.
  6. Advanced knowledge of materials science, ability to use general and physical chemistry in an innovative way.
  7. Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge of the use of chemical, mechanical and thermal process-technological aspects of materials engineering.
  8. Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Use advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics to develop mathematical models for materials phenomena (especially metals and their alloys) and for metallurgical processes.
  9. Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge and utilisation of the interactions between the chemical composition of materials (metals, alloys, polymers) and their production parameters in order to obtain products with optimal properties.
  10. Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge of the processes available for recycling of materials.
  11. Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of fibrous materials.
  12. Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of chemical and mechanical process technological aspects of materials engineering.
  13. Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Use advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics to develop mathematical models for materials phenomena (in fibrous materials and polymers) and for textile-technological processes.
  14. Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of and the interactions between the selection of raw materials and the process-parameters, keeping in mind the properties of fibrous materials and polymers with specific functionalities.
Competence field 2: Scientific competences
  1. Analyse complex problems and formulate them into concrete research questions.
  2. Consult the scientific literature as part of the own research.
  3. Select and apply the appropriate models, methods and techniques.
  4. Develop and validate mathematical models and methods.
  5. Interpret research findings in an objective and critical manner.
  6. Autonomously and flexibly study in depth complex, multidisciplinary problems in material science, also in case of limited data inputs.
  7. Design experimental procedures and make use of self-developed models.
  8. Perform scientific research in the field of metallurgy, keeping in mind its industrial relevance.
Competence field 3: Intellectual competences
  1. Independently form an opinion complex situations and problems, and defend this point of view.
  2. Apply knowledge in a creative, purposeful and innovative way to research, conceptual design and production.
  3. Critically reflect on one’s own way of thinking and acting, and understand the limits of one’s competences.
  4. Stay up‐to‐date with the evolutions in the discipline to elevate the own competences to expert level.
  5. Readily adapt to changing professional circumstances.
  6. Think in a systematic, scientific way that avoids and solves problems to optimise production processes, to develop new materials and to improve existing ones.
  7. Show technical creativity and use relevant knowledge from other disciplines.
Competence field 4: Competences in cooperation and communication
  1. Have the ability to communicate in English about the own field of specialisation.
  2. Project management: have the ability to formulate objectives, report efficiently, keep track of targets, progress of the project,...
  3. Have the ability to work as a member of a team in a multi‐disciplinary working‐environment, as well as being capable of taking on supervisory responsibilities.
  4. Report on technical or scientific subjects verbally, in writing and using graphics.
  5. Be integrated in research activities of a department.
  6. Work in an international group (students, PhD-students and researchers).
Competence field 5: Societal competences
  1. Act in an ethical, professional and social way.
  2. Recognize the most important business and legal aspects of the own engineering discipline.
  3. Understand the historical evolution of the own engineering discipline and its social relevance.
  4. Put research and development in a societal context, taking into account ethical considerations.
Competence field 6: Profession-specific competence
  1. Master the complexity of technical systems by using system and process models.
  2. Reconcile conflicting specifications and prior conditions in a high‐quality and innovative concept or process.
  3. Synthesize incomplete, contradictory or redundant data into useful information.
  4. Possess sufficient ready knowledge and understanding to evaluate the results of complex calculations, or make approximate estimates.
  5. Pay attention to entire life cycles of systems, machines, and processes.
  6. Pay attention to energy‐efficiency, environmental cost, use of raw materials and labour costs.
  7. Pay attention to all aspects of reliability, safety, and ergonomics.
  8. Have insight into and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship.
  9. Show perseverance, innovativeness, and an aptitude for creating added value.