Paper Science and Technology –
Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials
(Master of Science)
(Paper Science and Technology – Papiertechnik und biobasierte Faserwerkstoff, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some courses in English)|
|Internship: A minimum 12-week-long industrial internship must be completed before registering for the Master's Thesis. If possible, the internship should be completed before the start of the programme; further Information.|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a “Bachelor of Science” degree in “Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering” of the TU Darmstadt or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities 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.|
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The Master of Science in Paper Science and Technology – Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials programme deepens the mechanical engineering skills acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme and enhances them with chemical knowledge about the industrial production of paper. These qualifications ultimately serve the design and construction of related technical equipment. The Master’s degree does not only consist of traditional lectures and tutorials, but includes various other forms of learning to work scientifically (seminars, project work, different laboratory courses, Master’s thesis) in order to gain initial experience in basic and applied research. The programme caters to the students’ personal preferences by offering numerous electives and areas of specialisation. Therefore, we recommend that you contact Prof. Samuel Schabel (Head of chair for pmv) at the beginning of the Master’s programme and create an individual study plan with his assistance.
An additional industrial internship, which consists of an advanced and a project internship, supports the qualification of the students further. Relevant practical activities or a completed vocational training in mechanical engineering can be taken into account completely or partly. The advanced internship is a technical internship, mostly practical in nature. The project internship, in contrast, takes an engineering approach such that students learn to independently master the specialised knowledge which is necessary for problem-solving in an industrial context. If possible, the 12-week internship should be completed before the start of the programme; however, it has to be completed before registering for the Master’s Thesis at the very latest. During the programme, it is possible to do the internship abroad, as well as spending entire semesters at partner Universities in foreign countries.
The Master of Science in Paper Science and Technology – Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials is divided as follows into one mandatory and several elective subject areas.
The Mandatory Subject Area comprises various modules that must be attended such as “Chemical Technology of Paper and Biobased Fiber Materials”, "Paper Testing”, “Unit Operations of Paper and Fiber Material Production”, “Recycling of Paper and Biobased Fiber Material Production”, as well as different laboratory courses and the Advanced Research Project.
The Elective Subject Area M.Sc. III (Electives from the Natural Sciences and Engineering) offers a variety of possible courses (lectures and/or tutorials) in science and engineering to be integrated in the programme.
The Elective Subject Area M.Sc. IV (Core Courses in Paper Technology) contains a set of courses in paper technology from which to choose two or three modules.
The Elective Subject Area Studium Generale provides the students with a choice of courses that do not focus on science and engineering. Instead, the students may choose, for example, from courses offered by the Language Resource Center, by interdisciplinary study programs, or by law and economics, history and social sciences or human sciences. So-called “white lists” provided by the Student Office contain courses in which you may enroll; further information.
The Master’s Thesis as the last part concludes the program. This independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree program.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
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Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Specialised paper engineers are much in demand and sought after. They are mainly concerned with the production of paper, cardboard and paperboard, the manufacturing of chemical and mechanical pulp, and the treatment of the resource of recovered paper. Also, they are skilled in the entire field of paper production, development of machines for paper manufacturing and refining, and printing technology. Therefore, they work primarily in machinery and plant engineering, process engineering, the chemical industry, manufacturing and processing of materials from renewable resources, and in research and development.
Potential employers for graduates of paper engineering are, for example, corporations in the pulp and paper industry, the paper processing industries such as printing or corrugated board industry, or the supplying industry for mechanical engineering, chemistry and paper machine clothing. However, paper engineers may also choose other career paths than the traditional ones. Examples include careers in marketing or distribution of paper products, employment in creative professions of the advertising industry or in engineering and vocational training professions of the printing or processing industry, or in consulting firms, insurance companies or the patent system.
For this reason, it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way, students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V. (VDP) (German Pulp and Paper Association)
Europäischer Verband der Papierindustrie (CEPI) (Confederation of European Paper Industries)
Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure (Association of Chemical Pulp and Paper Chemists and Engineers)