Materials Science

Master of Science 

Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English

How is the program structured?

Link to C@MPUS

The Module Guide describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module. The Module Guide (also called module handbook) is published in the Campus Management System C@MPUS.

Modular Structure of the  Master Course Materials Science

To finish the Master degree, modules must be completed in the total amout of 120 CP

(CP = credit point; 1 CP equals 30 h) in accordance to the following regulations:

Compulsory Modules (Materials Science)
Name CP
Synthesis and Properties of Inorganic Materials 6
Advanced Materials Science Laboratory 9
Atomic Transport and Phase Transformations 6
Polymer Materials Science 9
Advanced Science Seminar (1) 6
Practical Skills and Project Planning(2) 15
Sum 51

(1) The module "Advanced Science Seminar" comprises participation in a seminar (presentation of a scientific talk and discussion of the contributions of other students) and the certified attention to at least 8 talks in the Materials Science Colloquium. Seminars to varying topics will be regularly offered by the university teachers.
(2) The module "Practical Skills and Project Planning" is usually performed in the same scientific group as the Master Project.

Compulsory Optional Modules (related or unrelated to Materials Science)
Name CP
General Skills (chosen from catalogue) 0-9
Engineering Science (chosen from catalogue) 0-9
Sum 51
Subject of Specialization (Compulsory Optional)
Name CP
Subject I: Modules chosen from according catalogue 12-18
Subject II: Modules chosen from according catalogue 12-18
Sum 30

The "Specialisation Subjects" represent the core of the scientific education. Presently, they can be chosen from the following:

  • Advanced Materials Characterization
  • Functional Materials
  • Inorganic Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Theory and Simulation
  • Metals and Structural Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Surfaces
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Soft Matter and Bio-Materials

Each of these subjects offers a choice of different related modules which can be selected in accordance to the "Subject Catalog of Material Science Specialization Catalog". In exceptional cases, also individual choices can be approved by the Chair of the examination board, if coherent profile is built. Some modules are only offered in biannual frequency. So early planning of your individual schedule is recommended.

Master´s Thesis
Name CP
Master Thesis 30

Module Scheme Curriculum Master

Module Scheme of the 4-semester Master Curriculum "Materialwissenschaft (Materials Science)" at the University of Stuttgart. The content and organization of the different modules are described on C@MPUS (follow the hyperlinks in the pdf).

Information on the Master Thesis

The Master thesis is a part of the Master study curriculum in Materials Science. It offers you extended practical experience in actual scientific work. Under the guidance and support of a supervisor, yet mainly based on your own initiative, you will complete a defined materials science project of your own. The report of results, the “Master Thesis”, should show that you are able to independently process a particular assignment of tasks within a defined time frame according to scientific methods and to present the results in an appropriate manner.

The Master thesis is generally performed at one of the chairs of the Institute for Materials Science or the Institute for Polymer Chemistry. The subject of the thesis is only released after the achievement of at least 51 credit points. Achievement of these points must be proven upon issuance of the subject of the Master’s thesis. The subject of the Master’s thesis is issued by the main examiner (this is generally a professor of the Institute for Materials Science or the Institute for Polymer Chemistry). Possible subject areas are listed on the websites of the respective chairs or you may contact the chair employees. The subsequent evaluation of the thesis is completed by the main examiner and a second examiner, which is chosen in accordance with the main examiner. Before starting, the thesis must be registered with the examinations office (Registration Form) as well as with the Dean of the examinations board (currently Prof. Dr. Bill). The latter form is available in the administrative offices of the respective main examiners.

The time frame for completion of the Master thesis is 12 months; the Master thesis should not cover more than 30 credit points (this equals 6 months full-time workload).

The Master thesis is evaluated by 2 examiners (main examiner and associate examiner). According to the examination regulations, the following persons can generally be considered as examiners: Prof. Bill, Prof. Buchmeiser, Prof. Ludwigs, Dr. Zotov, Prof. Schmitz, Prof. Clemens, Prof. Grabowski and all Lecturers who are authorized to take exams and are responsible for an module in the specialization subjects.

„External“ Completion of the Master Thesis

The Master thesis can be performed at other institutes or the industry if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • As main examiners, Prof. Bill, Prof. Buchmeiser, Prof. Ludwigs, Dr. Zotov, Prof. Schmitz, Prof. Clemens, or Prof. Grabowski must issue the subject of the thesis.
  • Part of the thesis must be completed at the Institute for Materials Science or at the Institute for Polymer Chemistry.
  • Please be aware that only those subjects that are close to the research field of the respective main examiners will have a chance.
  • The student must contact a main examiner early on to discuss planned external execution of a Master thesis.


Ralf Schacherl


Fachstudienberatung Materialwissenschaft

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