Softer sounding aircraft engines, stain-resistant trainers, faster racing skis, foldable screens and biocompatible implants for medical use – all this lies at the door of materials science.
From increasing the lifespan of end products to improving energy efficiency, materials scientists find ways to solve complex problems. No wonder the development of basic materials and innovation go hand in hand! Material scientists develop intelligent new materials that contribute to reducing transport emissions, increase electric mobility and thus also fight climate change. Nature is often a key inspiration for materials experts: Did you know the Fibonacci sequence does not only play a role in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” but has also been used for scientific research?
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
You are interested in technology and get your inspiration from nature? Excellent, you bring along the right prerequisites for studying materials science. With a healthy portion of curiosity and creativity, and the spirit of an explorer, you are good to go. The universe of materials is waiting for you!
During your studies: what to look forward to
Before getting to the heart of the matter, a 4-semester foundation course covers all necessary basics. Through materials engineering or materials testing, you will take a detailed look at different metals, alloys, ceramics and organic materials. You will learn how to use technology and materials science for addressing novel challenges. The ensuing master’s programme provides a framework for focusing in more detail on metals and their alloys, ceramics, mineral glass, plastics, composite materials or functional fabrics. You are set to work with the latest research methods and analytic tools. Depending on your preferences, you can specialise in materials testing, materials physics, ceramics, electronics materials or additive manufacturing.
Following your studies: what to expect
As a Montanuniversität materials scientist you are qualified to develop and produce materials for tomorrow’s needs and challenges: from light and energy-saving materials for automotive and aviation industries or pollutant-free energy conversion and storage to flexible electronics, communication technology (such as 5G) or 3-D printed bio-implants. Materials science puts no limits on your exploratory urge and pioneering spirit!