Master of Science

Applied Materials Sciences

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Your masterplan for the future

Study one of the key disciplines of the 21st century. Almost all innovations require new and optimised materials. Improve the world with your ideas! New materials for health, energy, mobility, communication – develop innovative materials!

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Tuttlingen
  • Faculty: Industrial Technologies
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (September)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: Relevant bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS. Application with selection procedure
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Areas of application New materials and processes are needed in the areas of health, energy, mobility, communication and environmental and climate protection!
  • Previous degree? You should have already taken a first degree in materials technology, medical technology, mechanical engineering or similar.
  • Where will I find jobs? Wherever there are complex requirements for parts and components. And that's the case in almost all industries.
  • Also part-time If you want to continue working, you can reduce your study workload to 50% and thus ideally combine work and study.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

The Applied Materials Science degree programme introduces you to the topics of materials and production engineering over the course of three standard semesters (or longer if you are studying part-time). You can expand your soft skills, including during internships and project work. You will complete your master's thesis and graduate with a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

Customisable modules

Your studies consist of compulsory modules (e.g., surface technology and functional materials), three selectable specialisation modules and further elective courses. So you can tailor your studies to your individual interests.

Wide-ranging topics

The master's degree in Applied Materials Science focuses on process and materials bionics, nanotechnology, composite materials, implant technology, additive manufacturing and the processing of high-performance materials.

Entry requirements

The master's in Applied Materials Science is aimed at materials engineers, medical engineers, mechanical engineers and production engineers as well as natural scientists who wish to expand their skills in the field of materials science.

The application process is based on a selection procedure. You need a completed first degree in the STEM field (210 ECTS credits). If you have fewer ECTS credits in your bachelor's degree, you can make up the missing credits during your master's degree.

What's included

Special features

The Tuttlingen Campus is equipped with a cutting-edge materials laboratory for the Materials Science programmes.

Bachelor's and master's students, doctoral candidates and cooperation partners can carry out experiments here for practical work or research and development. To date, the university and companies have invested several million euros in the technical equipment of the laboratory. This creates an ideal working environment for students, professors, doctoral candidates and companies.

"Powered by Industry"

Tuttlingen is not only the world centre of medical technology. The core sectors also include mechanical and plant engineering, the metalworking industry, precision mechanical equipment manufacturing, machine tool manufacturing, sensor, drive and control technology as well as automation and production technology. It is one of the strongest economic regions in the state and in Germany. If you study Applied Materials Science, you will be working closely with industry. High-profile companies have joined forces to form the Friends of Tuttlingen Campus Association and are actively involved in teaching and designing the degree courses. The Applied Materials Science programme is therefore practical, leading-edge and "Powered by Industry".

Your career prospects

Products of the future require answers to the complex requirements of parts and components. Materials science experts are in high demand in almost all industries. Our graduates work both in research and in the development of new materials for use in technical products. Thanks to their methodological knowledge and business management skills, they can also comfortably fill positions in quality assurance or technical management, for example.

Fields of work


  • Materials research and product development
  • Quality assurance
  • Assumption of management and leadership responsibilities
  • Development of manufacturing processes suitable for materials
  • Medical technology
  • Mechanical engineering/automotive
  • Environmental technology/climate protection

Or should your academic path continue?
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Faculty of Industrial Technologies

Our ITE faculty on the Tuttlingen Campus is very special. At HFU, all subjects are taught with a lot of practical orientation – but on the Tuttlingen campus you benefit from a special proximity to the companies in the region. From the outset, you'll benefit from cooperation with industry in many practicals, work in company laboratories and make important contacts for your future career.

At "ITE", the focus of our degree programmes is on current topics of the future – digitalisation and technologisation, smart materials, medical technology, energy transition, sustainability and human-machine interaction are just some of the exciting topics that will help you shape the future.

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In addition to cutting-edge equipped labs, the Tuttlingen Campus also boasts its own Innovation and Research Center (IFC), where work is carried out on the most current scientific areas.

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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gloistein
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gloistein Vice Dean Academics
    Dean of Studies Applied Materials Sciences (MSc)
    University Climate Protection Representative
  •  Sabine Hattung-Hocheder
    Sabine Hattung-Hocheder Faculty Office, Student support