Paper Science and Technology – Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials

Master of Science

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


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.

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Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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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.
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. Information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International 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
Programme Start winter semester or summer semester
Application Deadline International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application Online
Special Features -

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.

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: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt

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.

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)

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.