Paper Science and Technology - Paper Technology and biobased Fiber Materials (M.Sc.)


Paper Science and Technology –

Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials

(Master of Science)

(Paper Science and Technology – Papiertechnik und biobasierte Faserwerkstoff, M.Sc.)


General Information

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.
Application: Online
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Brief Description

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.

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

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

Related Degree Programmes

Doctoral Studies

Career Perspectives