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Materials Science and Technology

Study concept

With the aim of making the world a safer, more sustainable and smarter place, Freiberg scientists are researching innovative materials and technologies in cooperation with national and international partners. In the Master's degree programme in Materials Science and Technology, students not only learn the fundamentals of the subject, but also gain in-depth knowledge of future topics such as mobility, communication systems or highperformance materials. 

In order to be able to create products, the properties of the materials used must be matched to the respective application. For this, it is important to know what influences the material properties and how materials with the desired properties are produced. 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 programme. Therefore, the focus is on metallic materials and semiconductor materials.

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 learn 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)
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Standard period of study
3 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Technology from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg or an equivalent university degree with at least 7 semesters duration

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 course of study in Freiberg differs significantly from other universities in Germany.

Which degree could be the foundation for this Master's program?

Bachelor's program Materials Science and Technology at TUBAF

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?”

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