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Materials Science and Engineering (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Are you interested in energy-efficient car manufacturing? Do you want to know what new solar cells and implants for humans are made of? These are just two questions materials scientists deal with and the answers to these questions are taught in materials science and engineering. You will study materials which are used for products with many different properties – from microchips and skis to car components and space shuttles. Materials must fulfil particular requirements to be usable for all of these products. In some cases, they have to be lightweight but robust at the same time. In other cases, specific electrical properties or chemical resistance is required.

Building on their theoretical knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics materials scientists are concerned with how production, construction and the properties of materials relate to each other, from their atomic structure to the finished component.

What can I do with this degree?

The career opportunities in research and industry are as diverse as the degree programme itself. Materials are essential for the development of modern technology. Therefore, there are many interesting areas of work in industrial research and development: production, processing, quality assurance, technical sales and management.

You can work in

  • the automotive and aviation industry
  • energy technology
  • the electronics industry
  • the chemical industry
  • microelectronics
  • medical technology
  • environmental protection
  • government institutions
  • research institutes
  • major research facilities
  • universities
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • You should be interested in technical and scientific research and interdisciplinary projects. Science skills are an important basis for understanding the structure of materials and their application in engineering.
  • Communication and team skills, which are taught from the start of the degree programme, are also important.
  • You should be able to motivate yourself and be well-organised.
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • FAU's unique research and teaching profile covers all types of materials and represents the diversity of tasks a materials scientist can have.
  • The Department's strong links with partners in industry.
  • The degree programme combines the best aspects of engineering and sciences.
Potential challenges

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary course rather than focusing solely on engineering. In addition to mathematics, which is taught in all engineering degree programmes, you also focus on physics and chemistry.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering