Materials Technology and Manufacturing

Bachelor of Science

The strength of high-tech is in the detail!

Are mechanical engineering and design, or chemistry and physics your thing? Are you creative and would like to find out as much as possible about materials? Or do you want to work on the latest manufacturing and finishing technologies? Then sign up for the bachelor's programme in Materials Technology and Manufacturing on the University Campus Tuttlingen!

The programme on the University Campus Tuttlingen focuses, on the one hand, on the design and application of innovative materials, and on the other hand on the processing and finishing processes used in all areas of engineering, particularly medical engineering. Materials Technology and Manufacturing is a creative, interdisciplinary degree programme. Materials engineers work at the interface between engineering, chemistry and physics, and their practical application. You can decide which area of specialization you would like to focus on – either in materials or manufacturing – and ensure your future either as a materials engineer or a manufacturing engineer!

Programme Curriculum

The first two semesters of your 7-semester bachelor's programme will focus on the principles of engineering. In the advanced semesters you will choose between the two areas of specialization — Materials Technology and Manufacturing. This will enable you to become either a Materials Engineer or a Manufacturing Engineer.

Materials technology area of specialization

The processing and research of materials is a specialist area which is fundamentally different from the classic mechanical engineering programme. If you decide for the materials technology specialization, you will concentrate on chemistry, materials physics and related topics. Materials play a central role. This is because materials engineering specialists research new materials and improve existing ones, making products more durable or intelligent. To do so, materials engineers test chemical structures, mechanical properties and suitable production processes. This knowledge is crucially important for the development or further development of products.

The content of this area of specialization is approximately 70% materials technology and 30% manufacturing.

Manufacturing area of specialization

If you decide for the manufacturing specialization you will concentrate on the mechanical engineering areas of design, manufacturing, machine tools and production processes. The latest and most innovative manufacturing technologies and processes form the basis for the competitiveness of any firm. In your 7-semester bachelor's programme you will gain an understanding of technical processes, manufacturing processes, materials and production plants. Mechanical engineering relies on engineers with this specialist knowledge.

The content of this area of specialization is approximately 70% manufacturing and 30% materials technology.

Areas of focus

  • Materials science and testing
  • Metals, plastics, ceramics
  • Surface and finishing technology
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Lightweight construction and lightweight construction materials
  • Biomedical materials
  • Design
  • Quality assurance
  • Flaw detection, environmental and recycling technology
  • Cutting technology
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Machine tools
  • Laser material processing
  • Casting technology

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Materials Technology and Manufacturing programme work and think creatively and holistically. Through the increasing complexity of product development and the integration of a wide variety of functions in technical components, the use of innovative materials and their finishing is becoming a key technology. Companies gain a competitive advantage in business, the environment and product policy by having relevant know-how in the specialist area of materials technology and manufacturing because specialists design products and manufacturing processes taking functionality, sustainability and efficiency into consideration. Job and career opportunities for engineers in the area of Materials Technology are excellent!

Graduates can work in a range of sectors, from the manufacture of medical devices and instruments, to automobile production, aviation engineering and the production of a whole range of goods.

Areas of employment

  • Product development, finishing and attribute optimization
  • Production engineering and process development
  • Product design using appropriate materials
  • Quality assurance and materials testing
  • Materials sourcing and purchasing

The next career step after your bachelor's

The bachelor's degree can be your first step in a successful working career but you can also follow it up with a master's degree, either at Furtwangen University or another university. The optimal programme for you after completing your bachelor's degree in Materials Technology and Manufacturing would be the Applied Materials Sciences master's programme on the University Campus Tuttlingen.

If you are interested in taking a master's, find out more about the various master's degrees we offer.

Study Materials Technology in cooperation with 100 companies

The Materials Technology and Manufacturing programme at the University Campus Tuttlingen is run in close cooperation with industry. More than 100 companies belong to the Friends of University Campus Tuttlingen and are actively involved in the setting up and teaching of the materials technology and manufacturing programme curriculum. So the Master of Materials Technology and Manufacturing is practical, up-to-the-minute and "powered by industry". Visits to companies take place and student projects are actually carried out in the various companies. Practicals are also held in the company labs. As a student, this gives you deep insights into the field of materials technology and manufacturing, as well as the everyday work and demands of engineers working in this field.

Study in the technology hot spot of Tuttlingen

Tuttlingen is not only the world centre of medical technology. Core industries also include mechanical and plant engineering, metalworking, precision engineering, machine tools, sensors, drive and control technology, and automation and manufacturing technology. It is one of the strongest industrial regions in the state and in Germany.

Apply by 15 July!
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UNIVERSITY CAMPUS TUTTLINGEN of Furtwangen University
Kronenstraße 16 . 78532 Tuttlingen
Tel + 49.7461.1502 - 0 . Fax + 49.7461.1502 - 6201
info(at)hfu-campus-tuttlingen.de

  • ECTS 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration 7 Semesters
  • Location Tuttlingen
  • Faculty Industrial Technologies
  • Programme begins Winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements University entrance qualification
  • Teaching Language German
  • Accreditation Yes (system accreditation)