Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of Instruction: German; selected study variants in English

Limited capacity:
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
First semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Higher semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.

Program structure

  • Thermodynamics
  • Solid body reactions / kinetics
  • Analysis of materials
  • Eletronical and optical properties
  • Mechanical properties
  • Model design and simulation

Additionally, two of the following specializations with a vast amount of coursework need to be picked:

  • Design materials
  • Computational materials science
  • Process technology of materials
  • Function materials


An intership of at least 9-weeks duration needs to be completed during the master's program. A presentation finishes the internship.

The graduates of the Master's program of Materials Science and Engineering of the KIT are able to independently participate in value-added processes in material processing industries and to take part in science thanks to their research-based studies. They are mainly qualified for responsible jobs in industries, technical services and science.

The graduates have a broad and deeper knowledge in the principles of natural and engineering science: thermodynamics and kinetics, electronic and mechanical properties of materials, modelling and simulation as well as materials processing. Thus, they are able to deal with the current state of research and to develop methods of materials science. They can develop, evaluate and interpret comprehensive and if necessary interdisciplinary simulation studies. They are able to develop products from the understanding of material behavior and value-added processes. To optimize their own approaches, the graduates have learned to overthink the methods they use and the actions they undertake and adapt them to changing conditions.

Due to their comprehensive and detailed knowledge as well as their practical skills, graduates are qualified to resume an important role in comprehensive research and development projects as well as to competently participate in the innovation process. Furthermore, they are technically well prepared for future supervisory responsibilities.  

Thanks to their skills gained in elective subjects and key competences especially in social and economic subjects, they are able to deliberately make decisions in consideration of social, economic and ethic conditions. Due to the industrial training they are able to properly apply their knowledge and skills in an operating environment.

The graduates of the Master's program are qualified to identify tasks on their own, to collect information necessary to solve a problem, choose methods and apply skills regarding production, further processing, selection and deployment of materials, and thus contribute to value-added processes.

Excerpt from the diploma supplement of the study program

Graduates of the master's program are qualified for a responsible position in industry, technical services and academics. They are needed wherever the selection and alteration of materials can improve products, be it in the energy sector (e.g. storage materials), in the plastics or lubricant industry, in product development or construction (e.g. lightweight construction, coating) or microsystems technology. There is a diverse range of application for engineers in materials science in both industrial and non-industrial facilites:

  • research and development
  • product management
  • production and quality management
  • distribution and consulation
  • environment protection and industrial safety
  • patent systems, standardization

Admission requirements

Applicants need to have completed a related degree program that contains the following: metals and materials physics, ceramics, polymers, funtioncal materials, advanced mathematics, technical mechanics, experimental physics, anorganic and applied chemistry.

The complete coursework in the above-mentioned fields needs to equal that of the bachelor's program Materials Science and Engineering at the KIT. Conditional admissions are NOT provided.

German language skills for foreign applicants

In order to enroll in a degree program taught in German, foreign applicants need to proof sufficient knowledge of the German language. Proof of minimum B1-level is necessary for application. All certificates are accepted, certificate of attendance of a B1-level course is sufficient. For enrollment, proof of DSH2 or one of its recognized equivalents has to be submitted. Additional information is provided by the International Students Office.

In this study program, an entrance test will be held on March 16, 2023 for the application period for the summer semester 2023.

What does this mean for applicants?

Applicants who are unable to demonstrate the minimum knowledge and performance required by §6 of the admission regulations will alternatively be given the opportunity to demonstrate the necessary skills by passing the entrance test.

The examination modalities will be announced in the invitation to the test. Registration for taking the test is open from February 6 through March 6, 2023.

For more information, contact InSL.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

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