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Advanced Materials Analysis

Study concept

An efficient development of new materials requires understanding of the relationship between production technology, structure of matter and material properties. Information about the structure and properties of materials is usually obtained using complementary analytical techniques. The understanding of the above relationships is the first step towards the tailoring of functional properties of materials and components in the production process. For this reason, the material analysis plays a central role not only in the research and development, but also in the production process. 

The Master programme Advanced Materials Analysis provides profound insight into techniques for analysis of materials for electronics and optoelectronics, batteries and other functional materials, hard materials, shape memory alloys and construction materials like advanced steels or titanium alloys. Based on a Bachelor’s degree in materials science, physics or chemistry, the students are trained for a career in industry as well as in academia. The strongly methodological character of the Master programme opens the door to many branches of industry, from semiconductor industry over the companies dealing with mechanical engineering up to the metallurgy. Alternatively, the graduates can pursue a career in academic research or join research centres.

Please apply only if you already have fulfilled the admission requirements at the time of application. The application for the winter semester is done online through the application portal and is possible from January 1st to April 15th.

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

1.) Bachelor degree (at least 6 semesters) or an equivalent degree in the fields of Physics (preferentially Solid State), Chemistry (preferentially Solid State), Materials Science or Engineering (preferentially Materials Engineering). 
Please note: Applicants with a bachelor degree in "Mechanical Engineering", who have not taken any courses related to "Materials" during their studies, will generally not be admitted for professional reasons.

2.) English language proficiency (TOEFL 90 internet based test, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent language certificate) – this does not apply for applicants, whose mother tongue is English, or applicants who have successfully completed an English-language Bachelor's degree programme.

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

Why should you study Advanced Materials Analysis at TUBAF?

TUBAF is a small university with a tight link between the natural and engineering sciences. The material science and material analysis are central topics of the university.

The students are taught in small groups, being supervised directly by the teachers (professors and scientists). 

The students can choose topics related to basic research or to industrial applications. 
Within the cooperation between TUBAF and research institutes and/or industry in Saxony, the students can gain insights into their possible future work places.

Interests and skills you should bring along

You should be curious and have an interest in the natural sciences.


For further subject-related questions you can also contact the Study Dean, Prof. David Rafaja:

Prof. Dr. David Rafaja; rafaja [at] ww [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de (rafaja[at]ww[dot]tu-freiberg[dot]de); +49 3731 39-2299