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The opening of the PhD program in Engineering - Materials Science and Technology at the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Colombia was approved by the Academic Council of the university in July 2007 and began its work in the first semester of 2008.

Researchers and research groups belonging to the Faculties of Engineering and Sciences where the curricular areas of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Civil and Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics and Chemistry collaborate, participate in this program, It is also supported by the Faculty of Dentistry and the Institute of Extension and Research

The science and engineering of materials has been recognized in several documents and development plans of international and national entities, as an area of knowledge vital for the development of countries, covering such important topics as nanotechnology, surface treatments, laser and plasma processing, sensory, biomaterials, intelligent materials, new materials, welding, superconductors, semiconductors, rapid prototyping, superalloys, etc. For this reason, it is important for researchers with doctoral degrees in this area to be trained in the country in order to contribute to the survival of the national industry and to encourage the creation of new technology-based companies, vital to the current globalized economy.


    • Education level PhD
    • Type of curriculum Research
    • Curricular program: PhD in Materials Science, Engineering and Technology
    • Title granted: PhD. in Engineering – Materials Science and Technology
    • SNIES code: 53272
    • Creation year: 2005
    • Opening year: 2007
    • Campus: Bogotá
    • Faculty: Ingeniería
    • Estimated duration: 8 semesters
    • Total credits: 135

Academic fee

Administrative fee

Welfare fee

Insurance fee




26,000 COP


Candidate Profile

Other professional profiles other than those of Engineering and Natural Sciences may participate as candidates for this Program, whose curricula seen in the Undergraduate and/or Master’s degrees have the subjects, intensity and contents that the Postgraduate Advisory Committee considers that they meet the minimum requirements for the successful development of the research topic to be addressed and that they are authorised by the Council of the Faculty of Engineering.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this program will be able to relate the structure to the properties and performance of materials, propose direct and conduct research autonomously, produce original knowledge, apply the knowledge generated in the solution of real world problems, participate in the construction of academic communities in the areas of the synthesis and processing of materials and transfer the results of research to the productive sector, to contribute to the development, modernisation and technological innovation of national industry.


The general learning outcomes of the program are:

  • To conduct research and development to increase the volume of knowledge and create new applications to expand the country’s technological capacity.
  • To educate university professors to develop and improve teaching and research work in engineering in the region and the country.
  • To strengthen university-industry interaction for the development of studies and research and for the exchange of experiences in the field of engineering and in particular materials and their processing.
  • To educate researchers.
  • To strengthen the lines of research in the area of Materials Science and Engineering that serve as the basis for the doctoral program and the master program that is currently being developed.

The specific learning outcomes of the curriculum are:

  • To form human resources of a high academic level to contribute to the creation of new knowledge in the areas of Science and Engineering of Materials.
  • To build human resources with the capacity and leadership to establish and lead research groups.


Academic Activities and Courses




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Obteniendo datos del Sistema de Información Acádemica SIA


  • Courses are offered every semester. **For the full list of courses offered, please refer to

  • The timetable for postgraduate courses is usually in the 7:00 to 9:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 bands.


Research Lines

  • Surface Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Metallurgy Processes
  • Polymer Materials
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Ceramic and composite materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Materials for Construction and Sustainable Development


PhD. in Materials Science, Engineering and Technology

Call for proposals 2021-01



  • If you have completed undergraduate studies at the National University of Colombia, you still have credits and are interested in obtaining the benefit to pursue postgraduate studies at the university, access this link for more information

If you are a foreign student, click on the link for more information Aspirantes Extranjeros. We clarified that the certificates of admission / acceptance letters (if required) are issued only to applicants selected by the National University in the admissions process established.

Admission to the doctorate is permanent and is carried out through non massive processes (different from those of admission to undergraduate and master’s degrees). The type of study is full-time on-site.


  • Pay registration fees.The cost of admission fees for the year 2020 is COP$293,000, which you can pay at any branch of the Banco Popular or virtual payment at:
    Applicants outside Colombia must make an electronic payment of US$195. Once the transaction is completed you will find the link "Continue Registration", if this is your wish follow the link and you can formalize your registration. Please note that at the time of registration you are requested the "Transaction Number" and the "Confirmation Number", remember that you must have noted them or have the copy of the voucher that is sent to the email registered at the time of payment. Having these numbers, enter them in the step in which they are requested and continue with the process of formalizing their registration.
  • Formalize registration online. Internet. It must be done through the website!input.action, in which you must log in to the corresponding process and then select Graduate Enrollment. No more than three days after payment you must register, so that the link to complete the application of resume support (Send payment support to and
  • Complete the application for resumes as agreed with the PhD coordinator.
  • Attend the interview.  The date of presentation of the interview will be arranged with the coordination of the doctorate.
  • Consult the publication of final results. To view the results, please go to page, Postgraduate Section, under the Results option, according to the schedule set out in the corresponding call.


Documents marked with (*) are optional. However, these supports give points within the rating of the resume, it is recommended to attach them in case of having them.


  • Identification document..
  • Professional card*
  • Support for university studies:
    • Degree Certificate
    • Diploma.
    • Transcript of grades.
    • Document legalized by apostille or diplomatic delegation (in the case of certificates obtained abroad)
    • Certificate of completion of studies issued by the institution where he/she studied (for students who do not yet have an undergraduate degree)
    • Academic History Report (for undergraduate students of the National University of Colombia with choice of graduate degree)
  • Academic Honors*:
    • Name of the distinction, institution that grants, date on which it was granted (please attach the supporting documentation).
  • Professional Experience*:
    • Name of the institution or company, type of relationship, start and end date (or in progress), position, main function and attach support of it.
  • Experience as a Professor*:
    • Name of the institution, dedication of the company, start and end date (or in progress), areas of work, information of subjects taught and intention of hours per week and attach support.
  • Research Experience*:
    • Name of the research project, institution, project area, funding entity, main functions, start date of linkage and completion (or ongoing), country and attach support.
  • Intellectual Production*:
    • Type of production (article in indexed journal, book, book chapter, patent, software, pilot plant, industrial design, other production), production data and attach support.
  • Certifications of Language Proficiency*:
    • English is not required as a requirement in the admission process, however, attach support if you have it.
  • Academic or professional references*:
    • The website will ask you for the basic contact details of two people who will register 2 academic or professional references according to the profile to which you aspire (academic references apply to the research profile, whereas academic or professional references apply to the deepening profile). The information provided by the persons you indicate is confidential and will be known only to the program directives during the admission evaluation process.


    • Document 1 - Aspiring Letter of Motivation. The candidate: (1) explains his or her professional and personal reasons for taking the doctorate, (2) reports on his or her academic achievements and merits, (3) comments on his or her research experience in the area of knowledge associated with the doctorate he or she aspires to, (4) clarifies what their potential sources of funding will be and (5) reports on their availability of time for study.
    • Document 2- Proposal of the topic or idea to be developed during the postgraduate course endorsed by a professor of the National University who will be his tutor. (maximum 5 pages).
    • Document 3 - Tutor Teacher Commitment Letter The teacher certifies: (1) that he assumes the commitment to be tutor and eventually thesis director of the applicant, (2) that he has the necessary time to guide a new student, (3) that the minimum resources necessary for the candidate to propose and develop his doctoral thesis are available. The tutor’s engagement letter must be sent directly from the teacher’s institutional email.

    NOTE: Those people who enter by early admission or automatic admission (National University of Colombia) must apply for the sending of documents in order to register their resume in the program.


    The reception of documents will be carried out by filling out a web application, in which the supports and documents mentioned in the previous section will be loaded. Each applicant will receive an email from the Academic Vice-Deanship of the Faculty with the corresponding web and instructional link.

    The Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Colombia, is not responsible in case the applicant cannot enter his data and documents satisfactorily through the web application, due to the demand of simultaneous users exceeding the capacity of the system. it is recommended to advance the process before the closing date


    • Advance the document loading process prior to the closing date.
    • Verify that you have all required documents, each in PDF format (only) and that it does not exceed the size of 10MB.
    • Allow sufficient time to load the documents. Loading of documents can be done in parts, closing each time you finish loading each part of the requested documentation.
    • The documents related to a (*) are optional, the others are mandatory. However, these supports give points within the qualification of the resume, it is recommended to attach them in case of having them.
    • To make changes to documents you have previously loaded, you must load the new document and save the changes. The new document will replace the previously loaded one.
    • The application using a set of choices indicates the number of records loaded in each section and points in red to the section in which there are no loaded supports.
    • Previously contact the people you will relate to as references, and make sure that you enter the recommendations within the set deadline.
    • After loading the entire documentation, it will be enough to log out to save it. This information will be stored and sent automatically to the evaluators after application closure.


    The regulations governing the admission process for postgraduate programmes of the National University of Colombia are contained in Decision 035 of 2014 of the Academic Vice-rectory, specifically the Faculty of Engineering details some aspects by Agreement 028 of 2016 of the Faculty of Engineering Council, the weighting of its components is as shown below:




    Minimum approval score

    Curriculum Vitae














    3.0 over 5.0

CV Assessment criteria

The following items in the CV assessment will be taken into account:

  • Affinity of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with the profile of the doctoral programme.
  • Professional experience.
  • Research experience.
  • Previous academic performance.
  • Academic references.
  • Academic distinctions.
  • Intellectual production.
  • Experience as a Professor.

Exams Assessment Criteria


Interview Assessment Criteria

  • Commitment to the program, reasons to advance postgraduate studies.
  • Availability of time to attend the program.
  • Economic sufficiency.
  • Ability to work in research groups.
  • Communication skills.
  • Experience in the line of research or deepening in which he intends to work.

Proficiency of foreign language

Applicants for the Doctoral Programme in Engineering must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (English). The sufficiency test is eliminatory, the applicant must demonstrate at least a B1 level of English, otherwise he will not be admitted.

At the time of registration via the internet (step 2), the applicant will be asked if he wants to approve the English proficiency test, he can select from the following options:

  • Be a graduate of an undergraduate program at the National University of Colombia.
  • If you are a graduate of a postgraduate program from the National University of Colombia and obtained a grade equal to or higher than 3.5 in the English exam presented in the admission process.
  • Achieve the level of sufficiency required by the University through the test applied by the National Admissions Directorate.
  • Present a foreign language certificate with a validity of less than two years. See Homologate proof of knowledge in English. To present the certificate you must deliver the original and current certificate, within the schedule established by the respective call during the registration period, to the National Admissions Directorate (Calle 44 No. 45-67, Bloque B3, Unidad Camilo Torres, Bogotá D.C., from Monday to Friday in continuous working day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm); or send to the email a digital image of the original and current certificate, that is, with a date of submission not later than two years of the test being applied for. The duration of the certificate is counted with respect to the start date of the registration process.

Minimum admission score

The minimum admission mark after weighting all the components of the entrance examination shall be 3.0 out of 5.0


Curricular area: Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Director: Aldo Germán Benavides Morán

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 13646


Program Coordinator: Liz Karen Herrera Quintero

Email: -

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 14107

Address: Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Campus Ciudad Universitaria, Building 407, Office 103A


Current status: In process of self-assessment

Self-assessment starting Date: 2010-02