International Programmes 2019/2020

Materials Science Materials Science

University of Stuttgart • Stuttgart

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

The programme can be completely studied in English. Optionally, German modules can be chosen.


Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
Information on the Materials Science curriculum is available on the following website:
Application deadline

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

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

EU citizens do not pay tuition, whereas non-EU citizens pay a tuition of 1,500 EUR per semester.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Knowledge of synthesis, properties, and the relation between structure and properties of materials plays a crucial role for developing new technologies. To obtain a broad and fundamental understanding of materials science, the Master's course of study provides the background for understanding material behaviour for a broad spectrum of material classes (metals, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, nanomaterials, etc.).
Lectures devoted to material synthesis and production/engineering routes, thermodynamic and kinetics of materials (e.g., phase transformations), and structural (strength) and functional (conductivity, magnetic) properties are cornerstones of the Master's course of study.

Course organisation

To finish the Master's degree, modules must be completed in the total amount of 120 CP (CP = credit point; 1 CP equals a workload of 30 hours) in accordance with the following:

Compulsory Modules
Winter semester:

  • Synthesis and Properties of Inorganic Materials
  • Advanced Materials Science Laboratory
  • Practical Skills and Project Planning (related to topic of Master's thesis)
  • Advanced Science Seminar

Summer semester:

  • Atomic Transport and Phase Transformations
  • Polymer Materials Science

Materials Science Specialisation (Compulsory Options)
The specialisation subjects represent the core of the scientific education. Presently, they can be chosen from the following:
- Advanced Materials Characterisation
- Functional Materials
- Inorganic Materials Chemistry
- Materials Theory and Simulation
- Metals and Structural Materials
- Nanomaterials and Surfaces
- Plastics Engineering
- Soft Matter and Biomaterials
Each of these subjects offers a choice of different related modules that can be selected in accordance to the Materials Science Specialisation subject catalogue.

Optional courses

Master's thesis

International elements
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
Description of other international elements

Double degree programme in Materials Science / Materials Engineering with the Chalmers University of Technology

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

EU citizens do not pay tuition, whereas non-EU citizens pay a tuition of 1,500 EUR per semester.

Semester contribution
Approx. 180 EUR per semester
Costs of living
Living expenses amount to about 750 EUR per month. You will have to demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to cover your living expenses for 12 months. EU citizens may apply for state guaranteed loans during the time of enrolment. For more information, see the links on our websites.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Please check our website on financial aid and scholarships:
Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in materials science or a similar subject

Language requirements

One of the following English language test levels is required:

  • TOEFL PBT: 575 points
  • TOEFL CBT: 225 points
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 points
  • IELTS min. 6.5
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE/CPE

For German high school graduates, five years of English education "Sekundarstufe I und II" with an average mark of at least 3.5 in the last two years is necessary.
Graduates of an English-taught Bachelor's course of study have to provide a certificate that English was the language of instruction.

Application deadline

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

Submit application to

Application information can be found here:

The application can be found here:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Please be aware that it may be very challenging to finance your whole studies by working. Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of 120 days per year. Only students who are employed by the university in one of the institutes or departments (Studentische/Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte) are exempt from this regulation, but other restrictions apply.

For more detailed information, please consult our websites:

International students: Financing your studies and Working during your studies


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