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Bachelor of Science
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Restrictions on admission
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Standard period of study
6 semester
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Start of studies
October 1
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Basic internship
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Credit points
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May 16 - October 15 | January 16 - July 15 (International Students)


We want products that function perfectly, look good, last long and are also affordable. Materials scientists research new materials and manufacturing processes that meet these requirements: intelligent functional materials, damage-tolerant composite structures or new types of processing and coating technologies are decisive innovation factors.

Materials scientists learn how different materials are structured and what properties they have. Important aspects here are production, processing, application and disposal. Materials science is an interdisciplinary field that ranges from basic research to the technical and commercial use of modern materials.

The Materials Science course at the TU Ilmenau is a joint course of study with FSU Jena and thus exploits the full potential of both universities. Ilmenau focuses particularly on practical and application-oriented materials technology, while Jena is primarily concerned with the fundamentals of materials science. During the course of study, the courses offered by both universities can be combined to form an individual curriculum.

is also ensured between the bachelor's and master's phases.

Content of study

Foundations of engineering (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering, production process, electrical engineering)

36 %

Chemical foundations and material science (e.g. inorganic and general chemistry, organic and physical chemistry, materials science, material characterization)

27 %
Material technology (optional modules) (e.g. materials technology, inorganic-non-metallic materials, plastics engineering, materials of electrical engineering, electroplating)
17 %
Non-technical subjects and key qualifications
6 %

Advanced internship and bachelor thesis

14 %
Detailed subject overview: Materials Science and Engineering

Optional modules

  • Inorganic non-metallic materials
  • Metallic materials and composite materials
  • Plastics Technology
  • Materials in electrical engineering and electronics
  • Fundamentals of electrochemistry and electroplating technology

I chose Ilmenau because it is a small university and I can make so many friends.

Theresa Scheler


Due to the small course of studies, the relationship between employees and students is very personal.

Janine Wessel


Practice during studies

The Bachelor of Materials Science attaches great importance to practical work and the application of the knowledge gained, so that during the course of studies, internships are repeatedly held in the university's own laboratories. In addition, project work is planned for the fifth semester and a 12-week specialist internship for the sixth semester. There is no mandatory basic internship necessary.

Fields of work

  • Mechanical engineering/lightweight construction industry, automotive industry
  • Energy technology, renewable energies, environmental technology
  • Micro- and nanotechnology, electronics, microsystems technology
  • Medical technology, sensor technology, actuator technology, biomaterials
  • Materials development, materials testing, quality assurance
  • Aerospace and surface technology
  • Communication and information technology

Niklas studies materials science at the TU Ilmenau

Further information


Student advisory service

Univ. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Peter Schaaf

+49 3677 69-3610

Study organisation

Cornelia Scheibe

+49 3677 69-2610

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