International Programmes 2021/2022

Advanced Materials Analysis Advanced Materials Analysis

TU Bergakademie Freiberg • Freiberg

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are given in English (100%).

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 April

Information on how to apply:

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

At TU Bergakademie Freiberg, we bring together experienced researchers and lecturers from different scientific communities to offer our graduate students the education needed for a successful career in industry and research institutions dealing with modern materials science.

Development of advanced materials of all types requires use (and combination) of various instrumental analysis techniques for materials characterisation that is a precondition for a correct description of the structure-property relations and for a targeted tailoring of materials properties in the production process.

The course of study Advanced Materials Analysis provides profound insight into important techniques for analysis of solid materials like advanced steels, materials for electronics, shape memory alloys and energy materials by using microscopic, spectroscopic and diffraction methods.

Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue their successful careers in different materials-related industrial fields, particularly in research and development. Thereby, the strongly methodological character of the study course will open the door to a quite versatile range of industrial fields, from metallurgy to semiconductor industry. In addition, they can pursue a career with academic research centres.

Course organisation

A minimum of four semesters (two years) is required to complete the programme. This MSc programme starts in the winter semester (the academic year consists of two semesters). The language in all courses is English.

The study course consists of compulsory as well as of two types of elective modules. The compulsory modules include solid state physics, spectroscopy, and topics related to microstructural analysis (microscopy, diffraction) as well as courses on coatings technology and functional nanomaterials. A speciality is the module “Materials Research with Free-Electron X-ray Lasers”, which takes place at the European XFEL in Hamburg. This module introduces cutting-edge materials analysis techniques by employing laser-like x-rays. One part of the elective modules is chosen individually with the students to complement their knowledge from the Bachelor’s degree. Other elective modules can be chosen freely from a list.

The last semester is reserved for the Master's thesis.

Types of assessment

Written exams, oral exams, home assignments, project work

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

94 EUR

Costs of living

550 EUR to 750 EUR per month, depending on individual lifestyle

Rent and utilities: 170 EUR to 320 EUR

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


  1. The "Deutschlandstipendium" is a national scholarship programme that supports above-average students with excellent grades. Social commitment, a willingness to take responsibility and special social, family or personal circumstances will also be taken into account (six months, 300 EUR per month).
  2. Grants awarded to exceptionally committed students (three to four months, 300 EUR per month)
  3. Study completion grant (three months, 300 EUR per month)
Academic admission requirements

Candidate Profile

The Master's programme Advanced Materials Analysis (AMA) is open for students to upgrade their knowledge in the materials science, engineering science, or in the fields of natural science specialised in physics or chemistry. The AMA programme is designed to attract students from different fields of science and engineering to emulate an interdisciplinary environment and enable team work between scientists and engineers. The candidates should be interested in the behaviour and analysis of solid material down to the atomic level combining the natural scientist's and engineer's point of view.

Minimum Conditions of Admission
A Bachelor's degree (at least six semesters) or an equivalent degree in the field of Engineering Science with a major in Materials Science or the field of Natural Science with a major in Physics or Chemistry which should include subjects related to solid state physics or solid state chemistry. Please note: Applicants with a degree in "Mechanical Engineering" who have not taken any of the listed majors during their studies will generally not be admitted for professional reasons.

Language requirements

TOEFL with at least 90 points (Internet-based), IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent tests

Application deadline

15 April

Information on how to apply:

Submit application to

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Akademiestr. 6
09599 Freiberg

Possibility of finding part-time employment

It is possible to find part-time employment on campus, e.g., as a student assistant or in the canteen.


Different kinds of accommodations are available on campus and in the city of Freiberg, from single flats to shared flats. Prices vary from 170 EUR to 320 EUR, including utilities. In the dormitory, each student has her/his own room, but usually the bathroom and the kitchen have to be shared with other flatmates. Living in a dormitory is usually the first choice for new international students. There is a good chance that you will get a place in a dormitory if you apply early. The International Office supports international students in finding accommodation.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TU BAF) was founded in 1765. It is one of the world's oldest technical higher education institutions, with an outstanding international reputation for its education and research following the principle of perpetual innovation.

TU BAF is known for its famous graduates, such as polymath Alexander von Humboldt, who studied in Freiberg, and for the discovery of the two chemical elements: Germanium (C. Winkler, 1885) and Indium (F. Reich & Th. Richter, 1863).

TU BAF is the "University of Resources". With its four core themes – geosciences, materials, energy, and environment – TU BAF has a distinct profile addressing the specific issues of our modern industrial society. Teaching and research reflect a practical orientation responding to the demands of industry. Thanks to its financial backing, including private sources, TU BAF is one of the ten best research-focused universities in Germany. This guarantees a high level of education in the fields of science, engineering, and economics.

In nationwide rankings, TU BAF regularly receives top rankings due to its outstanding conditions for studying and its intensive mentoring programmes.

The university's own underground teaching mine, open to visitors, serves as a natural laboratory and allows for "hands-on" exploration of the subterranean world of Freiberg and its mining history, which dates back to the 14th century.

About 30% of the university's 4,000 students are international students. The campus offers numerous advantages typical of a small university. Short distances on campus and face-to-face contact between students and professors are major benefits.

The university is structured into six faculties, and it has several research centres, such as the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Centre (IÖZ), the Scientific Diving Centre (SDC), and the Mine Water Research Centre. The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, which was founded by TU BAF and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, researches innovative ways to explore high-tech metals like gallium, indium, germanium or rare-earth elements.

The university and student initiatives offer a large variety of cultural events and leisure activities, including over 50 different types of sports activities at the university sports centre.

University location

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Freiberg is located in the centre of the state of Saxony in the picturesque Erzgebirge Mountains, 40 km south-west of Dresden and 240 km south of Berlin. Freiberg is more than 850 years old and was founded after the discovery of silver ore in 1168. Today, Freiberg has around 40,000 inhabitants. The medieval heart of the town, which is almost completely intact, is very attractive: the Upper Market Square with its late Gothic patrician houses and Freiberg cathedral at the Lower Market Square with its famous Silbermann organ and golden portal. Along with the world's oldest town theatre, a modern multiplex cinema, nightclubs, more than a hundred restaurants, cafés, and pubs invite you to take a break and enjoy life. There are sports facilities, a modern open-air and indoor swimming pool, and a park which surrounds the town centre like a green belt. Since 2008, the mineral collection "Terra Mineralia" functions as a centre of attraction for tourists, students, and inhabitants of Freiberg. The mineral collection, one of the largest collections in the world, is shown in the refurbished castle "Freudenstein" in the town centre. The nearby "Saxon Switzerland" national park and the Erzgebirge Mountains are beautiful places for a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking and climbing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin are easily accessible by train and offer plenty of social, cultural, and recreational alternatives.