Materials Science (BSc)

Innovative materials can change the world

Ideas can only be realized if suitable modern materials are developed, no matter whether this means highly heat-resistant components for exploring outer space, self-cleaning surfaces that mirror nature or bio-compatible implants for the human body. Climate protection also comes down to selecting the right materials. By using intelligent materials, you can achieve maximum effects with minimal use of raw materials and energy. For example, in materials science you can develop coatings for car or plane components that cause less friction and resistance, thereby saving fuel and CO2.

Materials engineers also test materials. For example, students at Montanuniversität have developed a test procedure for determining the strength of ceramic balls that are used in modern wind power plants. This method has already been implemented within the industry.

What skills and interests do I need?

Why are ceramics brittle? Does aluminium float on water? Why does water roll off a lotus plant? Can alloys have a memory?

If you want to find out how modern materials work, you need to be interested in technology and the natural sciences. You also need to be curious, creative and think in a joined-up way. Montanuniversität offers you an extremely diverse education so that one day you will be able to develop materials to cope with the highest of demands.

What can I expect during my studies?

The Bachelors programme runs for seven semesters. The first four semesters focus on learning the basic principles of natural science and engineering subjects. Students will also learn the basics about working with metallic and ceramic materials. In semesters 5-7, the focus will be on the materials themselves: metals and their alloys, ceramic materials, glasses, plastics, composites and multi-purpose materials such as semiconductor materials.

The core focus will be on solid-state physical understanding of the material classes, materials testing and modern test and analysis methods. Students finish the course in the seventh semester with a Bachelors thesis on a topic related to materials.

Depending on their fields of interest, students can then choose to expand their knowledge in a specific field in a Masters programme. Montanuniversität can tailor the course to students' interests, whether they lie in metallic and ceramic high-performance materials, electronic materials, multi-purpose materials, nanotechnology, bio-materials or the fracture behaviour of materials.

What can I expect after my studies?

Typical fields of activity include the steel and light metals industry, the processing of special and highmelting- point metals, the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, the plastic industry, semiconductors and microelectronics, communication technology, medical technology or the food processing industry.
Leoben‘s material scientists are top-notch researchers: The "Quantitative Ranking of Engineering Disciplines (QRED)“, Montanuniversität Leoben was ranked second-best European university in the field of materials sciences.