Materials science is the study of the correlation between the micro- and nanoscopic structure and the macroscopic properties of structural and functional materials. Materials with customised properties play a key role, particularly in times of dwindling resources, rising ecological requirements for production, recycling and energy efficiency and strict environmental technology regulations.
Within the master's programme, two semesters are reserved for classes, and one semester is set aside for the Masters thesis. The programme is designed to enhance the students’ skills acquired during the Bachelors programme and to allow them to specialise in certain core areas, with the following elective subjects being offered:
- Metallic materials
- Materials physics
- Ceramic materials
- Materials for electronics
- Physics of functional materials
Students can also choose to focus on one of the four following areas:
- Modelling and simulation
- Polymeric materials
- Project and quality management
The master's thesis addresses a research question in the field of materials science and can be completed at a university department or in cooperation with a company relevant to the field of research.
Qualifications profile and typical fields of activity
The job prospects for graduates of materials sciences are exceptionally good. Whether at home or abroad, the demand for materials science engineers exceeds the actual supply. A materials engineer has to supply society and industry with the materials they require. Fields of employment for materials scientists are therefore immensely varied and widespread.
Besides basic research, materials scientists are concerned with the development of materials and material combinations with enhanced qualities as well as with the testing of materials. Moreover, materials scientists are essential in the fields of applied technology and materials consultation, and they are also involved with materials failure analysis.
Consequently, the entire range of industries that manufacture, process and use materials are open to materials scientists, e.g. the steel and light metal industry, the automotive industry, the aerospace and aviation sector, semiconductors and microelectronics, communications technology, environmental protection, medical technology and nanotechnologies.