Academic degree: Master of Engineering (M. Eng.).
Duration: 1,5 years
Language of instruction: German
Campus location: Hof
For new products, ever more efficient materials are required. Frequently, these materials are a composite of different materials – metals, polymers, and fibers with ceramic and mineral components. The development of new composite materials requires specific knowledge and techniques which can be acquired in this Master’s program. In addition to ceramic and metallic composites, we also specialize in textile composites and the fiber reinforcement of polymers.
It is important to have a holistic look at the lifecycle of materials – from production to recycling. Thus, graduates are well-equipped to take on demanding management positions in the fields of material science and technology.
For admission, a Bachelor’s degree in material or surface engineering, or an engineering degree with a related specialization is required. The overall grade should be equivalent to 2.5 or better in the German grading system.
Study Program structure
The first semester is dedicated to the basics, chemistry and mechanics of composite materials as well as fibers and management for engineers. The second semester includes modules on polymer matrix composites, quality and optimization, as well as modern coating processes. The third semester is a practical semester and includes the master’s thesis.
There is a wide range of employment opportunities for engineers in this field. These include, for instance, positions as a production manager, head of a materials laboratory, specialist for materials in product development, specialist for automotive lightweight constructions or application engineer for composite materials.