Otto Schott Institut for Materials Research

Materials science​: The MINT study program in Thuringia

Discover the courses offered by the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Otto Schott Institut for Materials Research
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Welcome to the Friedrich Schiller University!

We are pleased that you are visiting our pages on materials science and materials science at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena!

  1. Take a look at our videos, which answer many questions about studying materials science in Jena.
    - A student reports about his studies
    - Lecturers introduce the program

  2. Take a look at the information material of the Bachelor and Master program to learn more about the exact contents and procedures.

  3. You are welcome to take a closer look at our additional offers on this page.
    - A look behind the scenes
    - Insight into research
    - Good reasons for Jena
    - Career prospects

If you have any questions regarding the range of courses offered, please call us during office hours.

Get to know the field of study

Materials are omnipresent. We wear clothes made of breathable fabrics, our cars and bicycles are graceful metal constructions, we fly in airplanes made of light yet strong composites, we need materials for our bodies (knee joints, dental fillings, implants, dentures), we live in houses made of ceramic bricks, mortar, cement and wood, our lenses are made of glass or plastic. Our whole life is characterized by natural or specially developed materials.

The task of materials science is the selection, development and processing of materials. It is a key discipline that acts and mediates between the natural sciences and engineering to drive technical and scientific progress in traditional and promising industries.

Materials science in Jena is a consecutive course of study, i.e. after the bachelor's degree there is the possibility to add a master's degree in materials science (4 semesters) and obtain a degree equivalent to the German Diplom.

Under the university's research profile "light, life, liberty", special importance is attached in Jena, in addition to traditional contents, to the materials glass and glass-ceramics, linear and non-linear optics (laser-assisted manufacturing and material processing, glass fibers), medical technology (metallic, ceramic and polymer-based implants), the energy and environmental technology (batteries) and biomaterials (bioactive glasses).

The broad spectrum of courses at the interfaculty Otto Schott Institute for Materials Research is additionally expanded by cooperation agreements with the Technical University of Ilmenau and the Ernst Abbe University of Jena. The professorships at the institute deal with Metallic Materials, Glass Chemistry, Colloids, Surface and Interfaces, Biomaterials and Composites, the Mechanics of functional Materials, Computational Materials Science, and Bioactive Glasses, and open up a wide range of electives for students to specify and deepen their knowledge.

Overview of our study programs

Please contact us directly!

Telephone consultation hours under +49 3641 9-47930

Look behind the scenes

Structure of the Bachelor of Science Materials Science program
Basic studies in natural sciences
Uncertain whether physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science?
Materials science offers basics in all natural sciences

What students and lecturers say about the subject

Bea studies materials science at the University of Jena

Bea studies materials science at the University of Jena

A student reports on his studies in a video:

Video: University of Jena

Privatdozent Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Undisz talks about studying materials science in Jena:

Video: University of Jena

Prof. Müller talks about the B.Sc. materials science course:

Prof. Müller spricht über den Studiengang BSc. Werkstoffwissenschaft
Video: University of Jena

Insight into research

Oberflächenanalyse im Nanobereich
Surface analysis in the nano range
Hochauflösende Mikroskopie
High-resolution microscopy

Good reasons to study materials science in Jena​

Career prospects

After successfully completing a degree in materials science, a wide range of career entry opportunities with excellent future prospects as well as varied fields of activity are available.

Due to the increasing demand for MINT employees, there are very good prospects for a well-paid and future-oriented job after completing your studies with us.

The fields of employment range from research and development, industrial production and quality assurance to technical sales.

Use your opportunities to participate in the trends of the future:

  • Renewable energies and environmentally friendly technologies
  • Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence
  • Aerospace industry
  • Robotics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomaterials and Medical Technology

There are also extensive opportunities in traditional industries:

  • Optical industry
  • Glass and ceramic industry
  • Metalworking industry
  • Vehicle construction (Automotive)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical industry
  • Electrical industry
  • Medical Technology
  • Mining and metallurgy
  • Building Materials Industry
  • etc.


Student advisory service - Prof. Dr. Marek Sierka
Central Student Advisory Service

University main building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link

Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00 o'clock,
Tuesday and Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday from 11:00 - 15:00

The consultations take place either as telephone consultations or individual video consultations via zoom.

Appointments can be made at or by telephone Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 11:00 o'clock under +49 3641 9-411111.

You are also welcome to ask your questions in our open round - the online group consultation. This takes place on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 13:00 h via Zoom. You can participate via the following link: (password: ZSB2020).

Further information on the consulting and support services offered by ZSB can be found at