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Materials Science and Technology

Study concept

Materials determine our lives! High-performance steels in cars can save our lives in an emergency, lightweight materials save millions of tonnes of oil, and modern communication systems would be inconceivable without high-performance materials. In order to manufacture these products, the properties of the materials used must be matched to the respective application. It is therefore important to know what influences the material properties and how materials with the desired properties are manufactured. From glass, ceramics, plastics and metals to composites or semiconductor materials, the range of materials is so broad that students have to focus on specific groups in a single degree program. The focus is therefore on metallic materials and semiconductor materials. 

In the first semesters of the Bachelor's degree program, students learn the basics of physics, chemistry and engineering, as well as materials science and materials technology. The relationships between the manufacturing process, the internal structure of the materials and the material properties are presented and the conditions for the efficient use of materials are explained. As the production of materials is geared towards their processing and utilisation, these relationships are illustrated during the course using various examples. 20 per cent of the courses are therefore practicals. 

In the course of the degree program, the entire chain from material production to use and recycling is considered in order to ensure the sustainable use of our raw materials, including secondary raw materials for recycling. 

From the 5th semester onwards, students complete one of six possible fields of study, allowing them to specialise according to their personal interests and career goals. In the 7th semester, students complete a 13-week internship in industry or at a research institution, which provides exciting insights into future areas of work and contacts to potential jobs. Finally, the Bachelor's thesis marks the successful completion of the degree program.


Fields of study

Students learn how the properties of metallic and ceramic materials as well as the properties of semiconductors are related to their crystal structure and microstructure. In particular, principles are taught on how the properties of these materials can be specifically adjusted by designing their microstructure with the help of physical and chemical processes.

This field of study focuses on the behaviour of materials in operational use as well as component design measures such as heat treatment, surface technology, corrosion protection and joining technology.

Students learn about the technologies used to produce non-ferrous metals, their applications and areas of use, as well as issues of sustainable use and recycling.

Students acquire knowledge and skills relating to the fundamentals and technologies for the production of pig iron and steel, steel materials and their optimisation for different fields of application.

Students are taught all the key aspects of modern foundry engineering - including knowledge of casting and moulding processes, casting materials and the sequence of processes in foundries.

Students learn about forming processes and the interactions between the forming process, forming behaviour and property development of metallic materials. The course also focuses on the modelling and simulation of forming processes and the development of new system concepts.

Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (Faculty 5)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Standard period of study
7 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognised as equivalent

Course language
Professional advice
Dr. Dirk Renker
Haus Metallkunde
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 5, 09599 Freiberg
Dirk.Renker [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 5 (Materials Science and Technology)
Haus Formgebung, ground floor 121
Bernhard-von-Cotta-Str. 4
fsr5 [at]
Job opportunities

Material production, processing, application, development: e.g. development and production engineer, quality assurance 

Other fields of activity: e.g. public service in federal and state authorities, employers' liability insurance associations, private and public testing institutes

Why study Materials Science and Technology at TUBAF?

Students find the best study conditions thanks to solid professional support. State-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities are available to them. Students have the opportunity to be involved in scientific work at an early stage as student assistants and to work closely with doctoral students on research into new composite materials. 

The close link between manufacturing technologies, material properties and applications as well as the internal structure of the materials practised in Freiberg is unique at German universities. This understanding in particular is an essential prerequisite for a successful career in the field of materials science and materials technology. And this is precisely where the degree program in Freiberg differs significantly from other universities in Germany.

Interests and skills you should bring with you

Combination of interest in natural and engineering sciences, production and application of materials, but also: "What holds the material together at its core?"

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The world of materials - engineering studies at TUBAF