Bachelor study

Course of studies "Materials Science"
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The bachelor's degree program in materials science is very versatile. In 6 semesters, content from the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science), engineering (design, mechanics, material-specific subjects such as metals, glass, ceramics, polymers) as well as skills in business administration, scientific English, communication and presentation are taught. Lecture content is made tangible in numerous laboratory practicals. A 10-week industrial internship also provides an insight into non-university activities. Materials science in Jena is a consecutive course of study, i.e. after graduating with a bachelor's degree, students have the opportunity to continue with a master's degree in materials scienceExternal link (4 semesters) and obtain a degree equivalent to a German diploma.

Under the research profile of the university "light, life, liberty", 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) and biomaterials (bioactive glasses) are of particular importance in Jena, in addition to traditional contents.

The broad spectrum of courses at the interfaculty Otto Schott Institute for Materials Research is additionally extended by cooperation agreements with the Technical University of IlmenauExternal link and the Ernst Abbe University of Applied SciencesExternal link in Jena.

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Career prospects

After graduating in materials science, you can expect tasks in the field of development of new materials and products, manufacturing and quality assurance and assessment of damage cases at national and international research institutes such as Max-Planck, Leibniz, Helmholtz and Fraunhofer resp. NASA, ESA etc. and in all branches of industry (vehicle construction (automotive), aerospace, mechanical engineering, metal processing industry, chemical industry, energy and environmental technology, electrical industry, optical industry, glass and ceramics industry, medical technology, mining and metallurgy, building materials industry, paper industry, ...).

Content and structure

Progress in science and technology depends on tailor-made materials and materials. The task of materials science includes the selection, development, processing and characterization 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.

The bachelor's degree program in materials science is highly versatile. In addition to the basic science and engineering subjects of mathematics, experimental physics, chemistry, engineering mechanics, computer science, fundamentals of materials science, crystallography and manufacturing technology, specific lectures are offered on all classes of materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, glass and composites). In addition, skills in business administration, scientific English, communication and presentation are taught. Depending on your interests, you can choose from a variety of modern elective courses such as biomaterials, alloys, nanomaterials. With the help of laboratory practicals, lecture content is made tangible and a 10-week industrial internship provides insight into non-university activities.