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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

Joint European Master on Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces - TRIBOS

Programme code:MSC-TRIBOSUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ardian Morina Contact

Total credits: 240

Entry requirements:

- A bachelor degree (equivalent of 180 ECTS) with minimum 2:1 (average grade of at least 80% grade point average (GPA) in engineering, materials science, physical sciences or chemistry.
- Proof of English knowledge: IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 for each component.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Mechanical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Mechanical Engineering

Programme specification:

The joint European master programme TRIBOS is developed because of clear and urgent demand by the European economic and academic sector, completely lacking any similar comprehensive educational programme in the area of tribology, surfaces and interfaces. The programme of total 120 ECTS is divided into four semesters during two years of study. The first two semesters are dedicated to acquire fundamental tribology knowledge, mandatory for all students, to gain a selection of key interdisciplinary basic modules related to friction and wear mechanisms at different scales, as well as contacts and role of surfaces and lubricants. During the first semester, the students will attend four modules in the University of Leeds. From February, students will move to University of Ljubljana. In the second year, half of the students will go to Lulea University of Technology and the other half will go to University of Coimbra.
Similar master program does not exist at the European level and review of current Erasmus mundus programmes shows, there is no program that would even partially focus on mechanical engineering surfaces, lubrication, friction or wear, in spite of great industrial relevance of this field. Namely, surfaces and interfaces design for tribological applications is a highly interdisciplinary area and a comprehensive and complementary knowledge in different areas of chemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science is required. This cannot be achieved in a single university. Because of the interdisciplinary and diversity of the required knowledge, tribology is not even a regular course or module in vast majority of universities. The universities joined in TRIBOS, in contrast, are those few exceptions that already have strong experience in tribology courses and modules, but in own specialized field. TRIBOS will thus go far beyond the existing modules and will integrate various tribology fields and their interdisciplinary nature. For the first time TRIBOS will combine the complete range of complementary areas of friction and wear mechanisms from nano to macro scale: materials and surfaces, lubricants and lubrication, interfaces and tribochemistry, and machine engineering design and modelling. By joining the scientifically-leading and complementary groups that also strongly cooperate with industry and other economic sectors into a coherent master programme is an outstanding opportunity for step-change in providing cutting-edge tribology knowledge for the needs of the most advanced and worldwide renowned industries. The structure of the consortium clearly shows that target is to inter-exchange the science and technology between the academia and the industry to maintain and further progress their leading positions in both sectors.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CAPE5730MMaterials Selection and Failure Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JALJ0001Tribology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0002Contact Engineering10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0003Nanotechnology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0004Technical Diagnostics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0005Maintenance Technologies10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MECH5021MOilfield Chemistry and Corrosion15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5315MEngineering Computational Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5660MLubrication and Lubricants15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Modules offered by the University of Leeds will be studied in semester 1 and modules offerd by the University of Ljubljana will be studied in semester 2.

Optional modules:

Students are required to study one 10 credit module from the following optional modules:

JALJ0006Random Phenomena10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0007Thermodynamics of Mixtures10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0008Designing with Non-metal Materials10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0009Operational Strength10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0010Two Phase Flow10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0011Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALJ0012Physics of Materials10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to select a specialisation topic and study 120 credits of compulsory modules at either the University of Coimbra in Portugal or Lulea University of Technology in Sweden.

JACO0001Materials Selection and Processing12 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JACO0002Advanced Characterisation Techniques12 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JACO0003Protection and Degradation of Surfaces12 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JACO0004Design of Surface Contacts24 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JACO0005Master Thesis60 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
JALU0001Advanced Machine Elements15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JALU0002Simulations in Tribology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JALU0003Design of Lubricated Contracts30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
JALU0004Master Thesis60 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students who elect to specilise in surface-oriented tribological topics will study at the University of Coimbra (module code JACO).
Students who elect to specialise in lubrication-oriented tribological topics will study at Lulea University of Technology (module code (JALU).

Optional modules:

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:45:59


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