Course of study in Materials Science at the TU Darmstadt
The Department of Materials Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt exists since 1989. In 1992, teaching within the study course Materials Science started. Up to the summer semester 2009, more than 280 students graduated (degree: diploma) and more than 240 doctoral dissertations were successfully defended.
The study course is based on a profound training in the subjects mathematics, physics and chemistry It is accompanied by a materials science-specific training starting already from the second semester. The students become acquainted with the scientific and technical fundamentals on preparation, characterisation, development and application of construction materials and functional materials. Besides the theoretical training, several practical courses carried out within the divisions of the department are part of the programme. The programme is complemented by mandatory courses in mechanics and electrical engineering as minor subjects. Two more elective subjects can be selected from the courses offered by the departments of the natural sciences or engineering, or from an interdisciplinary field (like Business Administration or Economics).
The second part of the study course focuses on the methods of materials science as well as on construction materials and functional materials. Construction materials and functional materials are the two research areas of materials science at TU Darmstadt:
- construction materials like e.g. high temperature alloys for actuators or bioglass ceramics for bone implants in medical science
- functional materials like semiconductors with particular properties for signal generation and signal processing, or ceramic materials for modern thin film technology being important for the fields of optical telecommunications engineering and information technology
It is the primary goal of the training to prepare the future materials scientists for the variety of tasks connected to the development of new materials.
After passing the final exam successfully and having finished a bachelor thesis, students graduate from the study course holding the degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). The department offers a consecutive master study course. Graduates of our study course have excellent job prospects even when the market is difficult: various job opportunities arise to the materials scientist in industrial enterprises, scientific institutes and public facilities. In addition, there are numerous possibilities for further training like e.g. doing a dissertation or staying abroad.
“I study Materials Science because this subject is a good mixture of chemistry and physics and you learn application-oriented research. My interests are in good hands here.”