Materials Science and Engineering (MSc)

The future is built upon new and improved materials. The English-taught and research-oriented Master’s program “Materials Science and Engineering” gives you the chance to be part of this future.

The interdisciplinary Master’s program Materials Science and Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology prepares students for exciting careers creating and improving materials for modern technologies and innovative applications. Possible application areas are, for example, composite materials for fuel-efficient lightweight concepts in automotive, high-performance functional materials for more powerful information and energy storage systems, or biocompatible materials for medical equipment.

The German track of the program was established back in 2011/2012. From winter semester 2020/21 on, the two-year MSc can also be studied in English or bilingual. In the English-taught track of the Master’s program, students from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds are brought together in an enriching environment. An excellent support ratio as well as German courses help international students in familiarizing themselves with living and studying in Germany.

Excellence in Teaching and Research

The English track of the program is made possible in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O), which is jointly carried by KIT and Heidelberg University. New courses led by Principal Investigators of 3DMM2O are part of the program with the objective to lay the foundation and specifically prepare international students to continue their work in the Cluster after graduation.

Material Science at KIT has a considerable reputation. For example, the journal U.S. News ranks KIT Materials Science at the top of German universities 2020. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, Materials Sciences at KIT are ranked second in Germany and among the top 50 worldwide. Additionally, the new Material Research Center for Energy Systems (MZE) on KIT Campus South aims at forming a stronger network between KIT, Fraunhofer Society and relevant companies.

Karlsruhe is located in one of the most dynamic high-tech areas in Europe – several major companies such as Bosch, Siemens, Mercedes-Benz and Michelin have their production facilities here. The research strength of the region is also due to the backing of Baden Wuerttemberg: In a 2022 comparison of 90 regions in the EU on investment in research and development, the state ranked 1st.