In order to provide to the students the highest possible and contemporary knowledge required for the next generation of engineers, we bring together complementary European leading groups in different areas of tribology into a joint European high-class educational master study programme TRIBOS with a true JOINT MASTER DEGREE. Strong connections of the partner universities to industrial and academic organisations from all over the world (5 continents, 16 countries, 24 partners) significantly contribute to establishing new academia-commercial networks.


The key academic groups of TRIBOS consortium are leading and world renown in their own field of Tribology and Surface engineering. They are very complementary from point of view of surfaces, lubricants and interfaces, as well as engineering component design. Thus, their involvement in a single programme enables integration of the whole range of tribology sub-areas required for successful application solutions. The consortium of four partner universities: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, University of Leeds, UK, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, represents an outstanding added value to teaching of tribology and surface engineering, and consequently has a large impact on the industry, transport and energy sectors, as well as implementation of novel interface nanotechnologies, tribophysics and tribochemistry science in these fields, and will contribute to environment and socio-economic aspects of quality of life.

Associated Partners

Associated partners promote the study, actively participate in the management of TRIBOS programme, they act as board members, review and evaluate the projects and programs, help defining master program projects and thesis, offer complementary visits and seminars and offer students internship possibilities.

Supporting Partners

Supporting partners offer a number of internship to acquire practical experience and understanding of the engineering and scientific challenges in real sector.