Diplom Materials Science and Technology


FacultyFakultät 5 - Werkstoffwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnologie
Standard period of study10 Semester
Admission requirement

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

Application deadlineFor applicants with a German school-leaving certificate by 30.09. (for the beginning of the winter semester) or 31.03. (for the beginning of the summer semester), all other applicants see "Apply now".

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 high-performance 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 lectures at the beginning of the course of study, the correlations between the technological parameters of the manufacturing process, the internal structure of the materials and the material properties are presented and the conditions for efficient use of materials are explained. The production of the materials has to be geared towards their processing and use so, these correlations are illustrated using examples. However, the cycle of the materials is not finished with the end of the use of the respective product. The entire chain from materials production to use and recycling has to be considered in order to ensure the sustainable use of our raw materials, including secondary raw materials for recycling.

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 speciality at 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.


Curriculum Diplom Materials Science and Materials Technology

field of study

Materials Science

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.

Materials Engineering

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.

Non-ferrous Metallurgy

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.

Steel Technology

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.

Foundry Technology

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.

Job opportunities

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

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

Graduate: "Materials are the basis of our everyday life": Find out more at our graduate interview (in german language)

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German applicants as well as applicants with German university entrance qualification (German Abitur) or foreign students who have already studied at a university in Germany (Hochschulwechsler), please apply via the online applicant portal.

For foreign students, a different application procedure with earlier application deadlines applies, which can be found on our website at tu-freiberg.de/international/bewerbung-bachelor-diplom.

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