Materials Science and Engineering (B.Sc.)

Short profile

Bachelor of Science

admission restriction

standard length of study
6 semester

study start
October 1

preparatory internship

credit points

teaching language

May 16 - October 15 | January 16 - July 15 (International Students)


We want products that work flawlessly, look good, last a long time and are still cheap. Materials scientists are researching new materials and manufacturing processes that meet these requirements: intelligent functional materials, damage-tolerant composite structures or novel processing and coating technologies are crucial innovation factors.

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

The major Materials Science and Engineering at TU Ilmenau is a combined study course with the FSU Jena and thus exploits the entire potential of both universities. Ilmenau focuses in particular on practical and application-oriented materials technology, while Jena is primarily concerned with the fundamentals of materials science. During the course of study, the offers of both universities can be combined to form an individual study plan.

Content of study

36 %
Foundations of engineering (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering, production process, electrical engineering)
27 %
Chemical foundations and material science (e.g. inorganic and general chemistry, organic and physical chemistry, materials science, material characterization)
17 %
Material technology (optional modules) (e.g. materials technology, inorganic-non-metallic materials, plastics engineering, materials of electrical engineering, electroplating)
6 %
Non-technical subjects and key qualifications
14 %
Advanced internship and bachelor thesis

Optional modules

  • Inorganic-non-metallic materials

  • Metallic materials and composites

  • Plastics engineering

  • Materials of electrical engineering and electronic

  • Foundations of electorchemistry and electroplating

Practice during studies

The Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering attaches great importance to practical work and applying the knowledge gained, so that during the study internships frequently take place in the own laboratories. In addition, a project work in the fifth and a 12-week professional internship in the sixth semester are foreseen. There is no compulsory basic internship.

Fields of work

  • Mechanical engineering / lightweight construction industry, automotive industry

  • Energy technology, renewable energies, environmental technology

  • Micro and nanotechnology, electronics, microsystems technology

  • Medical technology, sensors, actuators, biomaterials

  • Material development, materials testing, quality management

  • Aerospace, surface engineering

  • Communication and information technology

Further information