Degree programme in Industrial Materials Engineering

Knowledge of materials’ properties now allows for the targeted development of new materials and thus for previously unimaginable possibilities in the technological and creative sectors of almost all industries. Companies require knowledge of different aspects of materials in multiple areas, such as development (application of new materials, building component design), manufacturing, and quality assurance. Engineers are assured of a role in any number of these different areas.

The Industrial Materials Engineering programme focuses on the use and design of modern materials in all areas of engineering, particularly in the field of medical equipment. Industrial materials engineering is an interdisciplinary, creative degree programme using both chemistry and physics for practical applications. The Industrial Materials Engineering programme is practical and offers up-to-date course content and direct contact with more than 100 leading companies, including many in the medical engineering and mechanical engineering sectors.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for materials engineers are excellent! Because of the growing complexity of product development and the integration of a variety of functions in technical components, innovative materials – and their processing and application – are increasingly becoming a key technology.

The Tuttlingen campus has strong connections to business and industry, and company tours and industrial placements give students the chance to get their foot in the door early on and secure a highly sought-after job in industry. The chances of being hired by one of the participating companies after graduation are therefore very high.

Good reasons for studying materials engineering

  • Cooperating businesses
  • A degree programme developed with input from industry
  • Direct access to more than 100 leading companies
  • Cutting-edge industrial laboratories and the use of companies’ own laboratories
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • The latest technological standards

Quick Information

Degree awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree undergraduate
Duration of programme 7 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Tuttlingen
Programme begin winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 July
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German
Academic entry requirements university entrance qualification
Language requirements fluent in German
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN accredited
Contact SDek-IME@hs-furtwangen.de

Programme content

Industrial Materials Engineering focuses on the use of modern materials in all technological areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and medical engineering. This interdisciplinary degree programme, Industrial Materials Engineering focuses on the areas of materials science and testing, manufacturing engineering, construction, polymers, ceramics and metals, as well as surface and nanotechnology. You will explore the properties of various materials and use their expertise to develop new materials.

Core areas of study:

  • Manufacturing technology
  • Materials science and testing
  • Construction
  • Surface and nanotechnology
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Metals

Studying materials engineering in Tuttlingen means you’ll study with 100 companies! Right from the first semester, you can take advantage of the following practical opportunities as a result of the university’s strong links with industry:

  • Placements in company laboratories
  • Lecture series with experts from the industry
  • Introduction to the specialist field of materials engineering with six to eight cooperating companies
  • Mentoring by skilled experts and management staff from companies in the industry
  • Placements focusing on the fundamentals of materials engineering, electrical engineering, physics, automation technology, computer science, metrology, and sensor technology
  • Industrial placements in materials testing
  • Projects (including student-designed projects) with companies in industry

Career Perspectives

Career opportunities for materials engineers are outstanding! Because of the growing complexity of product development and the integration of a variety of functions in technical components, innovative materials – and their processing and application – are increasingly becoming a key technology.

The highly practical nature of the programme and the close links to business and industry, mean our students are well-placed to secure a highly sought-after job in industry. The chances of being hired by one of our participating companies are excellent.

Industrial materials engineering graduates work in a variety of industries. The requirement for constant optimization of processes and products as well as increased quality and cost-effectiveness must be answered in part with the targeted use of materials. Nowadays, the macroscopic and microscopic properties of materials can be very precisely adjusted to individual applications.

Materials engineers simulate material behaviour, optimize production processes and monitor quality. They advise customers on material selection, evaluate the quality of raw materials from suppliers, and analyse production errors and customer complaints.

Industrial materials engineering graduates work primarily in business and industry, laboratories, research and development, and universities or other educational institutions in the following fields:

  • Product development, improvement, and feature optimisation
  • Quality assurance and materials testing
  • Manufacturing engineering and process development
  • Materials analysis

Further Information in German

As the Industrial Materials Engineering Bachelor degree programme is taught in German, please click here for more detailed information regarding the programme in German.

Contact Information

General Information
Sabine Hattung-Hocheder
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6600

Admissions & Examinations
Jenny Sailer
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6226

Dean of Studies (IME)
Prof. Dr. Hadi Mozaffan Jovein
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6624