The Master's course of study in Materials Engineering encompasses metal and mineral materials and their study, manufacture, processing and recycling. According to an estimate of the German Federal government, about 70 percent of all technology innovations originate from newly developed materials. Grounded knowledge about the properties of certain materials and material groups is necessary for the development of new materials. For example, super alloys have great potential. Because of their high temperature resistence, they are attractive for use in gas turbines and airplane engines. Furthermore, knowledge of how the properties of such alloys can be positively influenced, is extremely important. Just a small addition to alloy elements can lead to big changes in the properties of a material. This field also deals with the improvement of existing processes and the development of new ones. This is made possible by an understanding of the process operations and the analysis of critical points along the process operation. Improvements concern both cost efficiency, the reduction of environmentally damaging emissions, and the improvement of product quality. The safety of the processes increases within the proposed improvement measures as well.

The specializations in the Master's course of study in Materials Engineering are diverse. Students can develop in a variety of directions in the field of metallic and mineral materials. Depending on their interest, processing technologies such as casting or forming can also be learned. Metall recycling is also an exciting possibility for the further development of technical innovations, where students can apply knowledge gained in their Bachelor studies. Aside from materials processing, materials development is also an important component and possible specialization in materials engineering studies. As a Master's student, you can also learn more about systems engineering and the corresponding simulations.

A wide variety of specialization subjects are offered in the Master's course of study in Materials Engineering aside from the introductory, subject-specific basic subjects. Depending on their interests and later career wishes, students can select a specialization field with two main specialization subjects and one minor subject. They also select an additional two subjects from the elective area.

Programme Structure

Structure of Studies

Semester Engineering Specialization Main Specialization Minor Specialization Elective
1   Main Specialization Subject 1    
2   Main Specialization Subject 2   Elective Subject 1
Industry Internship
3   Main Seminar Minor Subject Elective Subject 2
4 Master's Thesis

Elective Specialization / Specialization Possibilities

  • General Metallurgy and Metal Physics
  • Plastic Shaping
  • Iron Metallurgy
  • Iron Casting
  • Glass and Ceramic Composite Materials
  • High Temperature Technology
  • Ceramics and Fireproof Materials
  • Metallurgy of Iron and Steel
  • Metallurgical Process Technology and Metal Recycling
  • Corrosion and Corrosion Protection

Non-Technical Subjects

Subjects such as English and Strategic Management take into consideration that engineerings also increasingly work in management or in positions responsible for projects. Additional non-technical subjects can be selected from a set course catalog.

Entry Structure


  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Career opportunities for materials engineers from RWTH Aachen are excellent. The materials-based industries in Germany - such as vehicle and machinery manufacturing, the chemical industry, energy technology and metal production and processing are looking for qualified new talent now. Materials research, production and recycling are areas of innovation that are the foundation for new developments.

Particularly in regard to increasing environmental requirements as well as raw material and resource scarcity, aspects of materials development and recycling are gaining in significance. Germany is considered a globally leading location for materials research and development.

In addition to the classical careers in the materials-producing and -processing industries, in research institutes and development departments as well as regulatory authorities, engineers from this course of study will be prepared for a wide range of professions, due to their broad foundation of knowledge. They are highly sought after, e.g., in process and plant technology, process control technology, quality assurance, environmental protection, sales and customer management, production, failure analysis, medical technology, business consulting, services in materials and acceptance testing, technical journalism, and patents.

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