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Materials Science and Technology

Study concept

Materials determine our lives! High-performance steels in the automobile can save our lives in an emergency, lightweight materials save many millions of tonnes of crude oil, modern communication systems would not be possible without highperformance, e.g., electronic materials. In order to be able to produce these products, the properties of the used materials must be adapted to the respective application. It is important to know what influences the material properties and how materials are produced with the desired properties. From glass, ceramics, plastics and metals to composites or semiconductor materials, the range of materials is so wide that students need to focus on specific groups in a single course of study. Therefore, the focus is on metallic materials and semiconductor materials. 

In the basic studies (1st to 4th semester), fundamentals are taught in physics, chemistry and engineering sciences as well as materials science and materials technology, among others. The interrelationships between the manufacturing process, the internal structure of the materials and the material properties are presented and the conditions for efficient material use are explained. Since the production of materials is geared towards their processing and use, these interrelationships are illustrated in the course of study using various examples. 20 percent of the courses are therefore practical courses. 

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

In the main course, students complete one of six possible fields of study and can thus specialize according to their personal interests and career goals. In the 7th semester, students complete a five-month internship in industry or at a research institution. Finally, the diploma thesis marks the successful completion of the diploma programme.

Please note that the language of instruction is German. At TUBAF we offer various Master's degree programmes taught in English language.


Study fields

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 using physical and chemical processes.

This field of study focuses on the behaviour of materials during operation as well as measure for component design such as heat treatment, surface engineering, corrosion protection and joining technology.

Students learn the technologies for the production of non-ferrous metals, their refining and applications, as well as questions of sustainable use and recycling after circulation through the life-cycle

The students acquire knowledge and skills regarding the basics and technologies for the production of pig iron and steel, steel materials and their optimization for different fields of application.

The students are imparted to all essential aspects of the modern foundry industry including knowledge of casting and moulding technologies, casting materials and foundry processes.

The students study the forming processes and the interactions between forming process, forming behaviour and the development of metallic materials. Further fields of study are the modeling and simulation of forming processes as well as the development of new plant concepts.

Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (Faculty 5)
Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.)
Standard period of study
10 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-related university entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognized 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

Materials production, processing, application, development: e.g. research and development, engineer in production, quality management 

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

Why should you study Materials Science and Technology at TUBAF?

Students find the best study conditions due to competent specialist supervision. They are provided with the most modern equipment and laboratory facilities. 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 is a TUBAF speciality among other German universities. Especially this understanding is an essential prerequisite for a successful graduate engineer in the field of materials science and materials technology. And this is exactly where the study program in Freiberg differs significantly from other universities in Germany.

Interests and skills you should bring along

Combined interest in natural sciences and engineering, Production and use of materials, but also: “How does matter hold together?”

Materials science combines chemistry, physics and mathematics in a unique way by explaining the behavior of materials at the atomic level.

Dipl.-Ing. Lea Haus - Engineer for materials science and materials technology, doctorate at Bosch Manufacturing Solutions in Stuttgart

The integrated approach to value chains taught at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers enormous future potential for graduates across all sectors.

Dr. Julia Hufenbach - Professor of Materials Functionalization at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and research group leader at IFW Dresden                                  

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Die Welt der Werkstoffe - Ingenieurstudium an der TUBAF (german)