International Programmes 2021/2022

Advanced Functional Materials Advanced Functional Materials

Chemnitz University of Technology • Chemnitz

Master of Science (MSc)
Teaching language
  • English

Obligatory courses are held in English. Additional elective courses that are taught in German are available.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

For international students:

  • 15 July for the following winter semester
  • 15 January for the following summer semester

Applications are to be submitted to uni-assist.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The advanced chemical and physical aspects of modern materials and the transfer of skills in synthesis, development, analysis and manufacturing of functional materials are the key issues of the programme Advanced Functional Materials. The research-oriented extension and intensification of physical and chemical knowledge is based on advanced practical training in current research fields in a modern laboratory environment. The interdisciplinary programme consists of courses in materials chemistry and materials physics as well as an advanced practical training on methods of modern material science.

Course organisation

Mandatory Basic Modules
The mandatory basic modules (first to third semester) are taught in English.

Materials Chemistry

  • Synthetic Methods in Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods
  • Sustainable Production Technologies

Materials Physics

  • Advanced Surfaces, Thin Films and Interfaces
  • Semiconductor Physics – Nanostructures
  • Photovoltaics with Nanotechnology

Advanced Functional Materials

  • Facets of Materials Science
  • Research Project (third semester)

Soft skills

  • "Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (German as a Foreign Language) I and II (A1/A2)*

*for non-native speakers only

Compulsory Elective Modules (first to third semester)
The following compulsory elective modules are taught in English:

  • Materials in micro and nano technologies
  • Microscopy and spectroscopy on the atomic and molecular scale
  • Complex materials for manufacturing
  • Challenges for Future Energy Concepts - Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Crystallography
  • The "Energiewende"
  • Surface and Interface Engineering
  • Magnetism
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Laser Diodes, and Optical Sensor Systems
  • Nanophysics – Physics of mesoscopic systems

The following compulsory elective modules are taught in German only:

  • Kolloide
  • Polymermaterialien
  • Werkstoffkunde
  • Prozesse und Produkte der chemischen Industrie
  • Praxis der elektrochemischen Materialwissenschaften
  • Funktionsmaterialien
  • Oberflächen- und Kolloidanalytik
  • Praktikum zu Oberflächen- und Kolloidanalytik
  • Heterogene Katalyse
  • Polymerphysik
  • Theoretische Festkörperphysik
  • Experimentalphysik – Komplexe Materialien
  • Grenzflächendesign für Faserkunststoffverbunde
  • Elektrochemisches Beschichten
  • Rheologie der Polymere
  • Biomaterialien und Werkstoffe der Medizintechnik
  • Werkstoffwissenschaft – Strukturbildungsprozesse

Non-native speakers of English can choose one of the following modules if the  "Deutsch als Fremdsprache I" module or the  "Deutsch als Fremdsprache II" module have not been attended:

  • Englisch in Studien- und Fachkommunikation I
  • Englisch in Studien- und Fachkommunikation III

Non-native speakers of German can choose one of the following modules if the "Deutsch als Fremdsprache I" module or the "Deutsch als Fremdsprache II" module have not been attended:

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache III (level B1)
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache IV (level B2)
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Fachkommunikation I (level C1)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

All students have to pay a semester contribution of approx. 270 EUR. This fee also covers the semester ticket, which permits you to use buses and trams in Chemnitz during the semester. International students will receive the bank details after they submit their request for enrolment. However, the fee can also be paid after arrival in Chemnitz via a German bank card or bank transfer.

Costs of living

Approx. 861 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Incoming students can apply for different funding opportunities via the International Office of Chemnitz University of Technology.

Academic admission requirements

In general, a university Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
Degrees from universities other than Chemnitz University of Technology are to be checked by a board of examiners on the basis of the record of study. The applicant is to provide this record of study.

Language requirements

Courses to obtain the required level of German language (A2 by the end of the third semester) are included within the curriculum for non-native speakers. Students providing a certificate of A2 level (CEFR) may choose advanced language courses or subject studies.


  • IELTS 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based: minimum 72 points
  • Cambridge: First Certificate in English
  • TOEIC minimum 785 points
  • Confirmation of English as language of instruction
  • Study in English studies
  • Translator/interpreter degree

Applicants from countries with English as the official or native language are not required to submit a proof of English language proficiency with their application.

Application deadline

For international students:

  • 15 July for the following winter semester
  • 15 January for the following summer semester

Applications are to be submitted to uni-assist.

Submit application to

Technische Universität Chemnitz
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin


The "Studentenwerk" Chemnitz-Zwickau runs several student residences. International students can apply for a single room in one of the residences. The prices depend on the size and furnishings of the room and vary between 170 EUR and 270 EUR.

Career advisory service

The Career Service of Chemnitz University of Technology supports students during their studies as well as graduates entering their professional life. The Career Service provides a platform for companies and institutions to present themselves.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Buddy programme

Chemnitz University of Technology

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The "Böttcher-Bau" is the oldest building of Chemnitz University of Technology. © Steve Conrad Fotografie

Come study in the European Capital of Culture 2025! Approximately 10,000 students from 90 countries study at Chemnitz University of Technology in eight faculties and the Centre for Teacher Education.

Due to the reasonably priced dormitory rooms directly on campus, the distances between accommodation, lecture buildings, cafeteria and student clubs are short. So if you feel like studying at a cosmopolitan university, apply to study in Chemnitz.

Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) offers outstanding education to its students, providing them with various and attractive career perspectives. Owing to an excellent professor-to-student ratio, CUT ranks among the top five universities in Germany with respect to the quality of teaching. This high staff-to-student ratio allows more individual attention to be given to students, better enabling them to meet specific academic needs and to enjoy shorter course completion times than in most other German universities.

Millions of euros have been invested in CUT in recent years, both by the government and through research projects funded by industry, making it one of the most modern research-based universities in Germany. The computing resources are among the best in Germany, and the research equipment is continually being updated and expanded. In addition to this, the university has been recognised as having one of the best designed campuses.

By embracing the spirit of globalisation enthusiastically, CUT has shown that it truly lives up to the tradition of innovation in the city of Chemnitz and in its educational institutions. The university has adapted to market demands by introducing international degree courses and has extended international student exchange programmes in order to satisfy the wishes of the growing international community. Every year, more than 700 foreign students from over 90 countries enrol at the university. They are supported by the International Office.

Due to numerous exchange programmes, you can meet students from Chemnitz all over the world. CUT holds partnerships with more than 100 universities on all continents in order to support the internationalisation of university training.

University location

Chemnitz – European Capital of Culture in 2025, the third largest city in Saxony, looks back proudly on a history of innovation with which few other cities can hope to compete. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, Chemnitz quickly developed into the leading centre of mechanical engineering in Germany. This great tradition has continued uninterrupted to the present day, even through the period in which the city was known as "Karl-Marx-Stadt". Today, Chemnitz (with a population of 245,000) is well on its way to becoming one of the most important high-tech locations in Germany. But Chemnitz has much more to offer than just science and technology. Amongst other things, there is the Opera House (built in 1909), the King Albert Museum with its excellent collection of German Expressionist paintings, the Natural History Museum and the German Board Games Museum, the only one of its kind in Germany. Additionally, in the Kassberg Quarter, you can see the largest intact area of Art Nouveau architecture in Germany.