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Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
none | individual acceptance
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Standard period of study
4 semester
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Start of studies
April 1 or October 1
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Requirement for admission
Bachelor's degree in a similar field
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The master program is consecutive and based on the bachelor degree in Material Science and Engineering. It can also be attended by graduates from other engineering or functional relevant majors with at least 50 credit points in general natural scientific basics.

The program is continued as a joint major at the Universities of Ilmenau and Jena. During study, deeper knowledge about the structure, properties, production and development of all materials (metals, glasses, ceramics, polymers and composites) is taught.

The study profile deepenes the fundamental principles of experimental and theoretical materials science with further physicochemical fundamentals as well as engineering sciences core themes from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and micro- and nanotechnology to a deepening and innovative study offer. It has an engineering, technological orientation and has its main focus in material engineering.

The aim of the research-oriented master program in Materials Science and Engineering is the training of students with a broad engineering-scientific basis, methodological competence and an understanding of current material-scientific questions.

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I am studying materials science because it combines all scientific fields. This gives me a lot of variety in everyday life at university.

Felix Neupert


Why Ilmenau?

The Master's degree program in Materials Science at the TU Ilmenau is characterized in particular by:

  • very personal atmosphere, direct contact with professors and fellow students
  • very interdisciplinary education through cooperation with neighboring subject areas
  • very research-oriented education through direct involvement in research and development projects in cooperation with industry and international partners
  • very international due to many international cooperations, thus many opportunities for experience abroad
  • practical training through direct contact with industry
  • State-of-the-art technological equipment, world-class
  • Integration of sustainability, the environment, energy and the materials cycle into the course of study

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Content of study

Concentration of natural- and material-scientific basics (e.g. solid state physics for engineers, plastics technology, surface and electroplating technology, digitalization of materials, material conditions and analysis)

42 %

Material engineering optional modules (e.g. glass and ceramics in micro- and nanotechnology, 3D material analysis, egenerative energies and storage technology, lightweight steel construction in car body technology)

17 %

Research project

8 %

Technical optional module (Choice from the Master courses of TU Ilmenau)

4 %

Key competencies

4 %

Master thesis

25 %
Detailed subject overview: Materials Science and Engineering (Master)

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
  • Space and aviation technology, surface engineering
  • Communication and information technology


Programme coordinator

Study organisation

Cornelia Scheibe

+49 3677 69-2610