Materials Science (M.Sc.)


Materials Science (Master of Science)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Internship: A recognised industrial internship (“Praktikum”) of a minimum of six weeks is required and must be completed at the latest at the time of starting the Master’s Thesis.
Requirements for admission:
1. Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree program (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Materials Science of the TU Darmstadt or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree program may also depend on additional requirements. Learn more: Departmental information on the M.Sc. Materials Science .
Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description.
2. Proof of qualified English skills.
3. Passed entrance examination in three subjects. The entrance examination may be waived if suitability can be proven beyond doubt, particularly by producing a B.Sc. in Materials Science of the TU Darmstadt or an equivalent degree.
4. A recognized industrial internship, of a minimum of six weeks to be completed at the latest at the time of starting the Master’s Thesis.
For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office (Fachstudienberatung). Please also note the general information on the Master's degree programs including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.
Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions
Program Start: winter semester or summer semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online application
Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

Brief Description

The Master of Science program Materials Science focuses on functional materials such as energy materials, magnetic materials, or electronic materials and their synthesis and characterization. Courses on theoretical materials science include quantum mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and continuum mechanics. Applicants need a strong background in the fundamentals of materials science, in particular in semiconductors, functional ceramics, metals, and polymers.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

The mandatory sector (45 CPs) comprises the following modules:

  • Research Lab I;
  • Research Lab II;
  • Advanced Research Lab & Seminar;
  • Functional Materials;
  • Surfaces and Interfaces;
  • Theoretical Methods in Materials Science;
  • Advanced Characterization Methods of Materials Science;

The elective subject area (44 CPs) is divided into three sections:
1. a smaller elective subject area with a choice of either Quantum Mechanics for Materials Science or Micromechanics and Homogenization Techniques (6 CPs);
2. a larger area for modules with reference to Materials Science (29 CPs; Elective Courses Materials Science) and
3. an area without this reference, e.g. for Soft Skills (9 CPs; Elective Courses (not Materials Science)).

The Master’s Thesis (including the Defense; 30 CPs) concludes the program. The independent research project takes an entire semester and thus represents a major part of the Master’s degree program.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Materials and Earth Sciences


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

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