MSc in Functional Materials at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Chemnitz University of Technology 4 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Master of Science (MSc) Onsite

The advanced chemical and physical aspects of modern materials and the transfer of skills in synthesis, development, analysis, and manufacturing of functional materials are the key issues of the program Advanced Functional Materials. The research-oriented extension and intensification of physical and chemical knowledge are based on advanced practical training in current research fields in a modern laboratory environment. The interdisciplinary program consists of courses in materials chemistry and materials physics as well as advanced practical training on methods of modern material science.

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Course Details:

Mandatory Basic Modules (first to the third semester) taught in the English language
Materials Chemistry

  • Synthetic Methods in Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods
  • Sustainable Production Technologies

Materials Physics

  • Advanced Surfaces
  • Thin Films and Interfaces
  • Semiconductor Physics – Nanostructures
  • Photovoltaics with Nanotechnology

Advanced Functional Materials

  • Facets of Materials Science
  • Research Project (third semester)

Soft skills

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language) I and II (A1/A2)*

*for non-native speakers only

Compulsory Elective Modules (first to third semester)
The following Compulsory Elective Modules are taught in English language:

  • Materials in Micro- and Nanotechnologies
  • Microscopy and spectroscopy on the atomic and molecular scale
  • Innovative Material Engineering
  • Challenges for Future Energy Concepts – Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Crystallography
  • The “Energiewende”
  • Surface and Interface Engineering
  • Spectroelectrochemistry
  • Surface Spectroscopies
  • Magnetism
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Laser Diodes, and Optical Sensor Systems
  • Nanophysics – Physics of mesoscopic systems

The following Compulsory Elective Modules are taught in the German language only:

  • Kolloide
  • Polymermaterialien
  • Werkstoffkunde
  • Prozesse und Produkte der chemischen Industrie
  • Praxis der elektrochemischen Materialwissenschaften
  • Funktionsmaterialien
  • Oberflächen- und Kolloidanalytik
  • Praktikum zu Oberflächen- und Kolloidanalytik
  • Heterogene Katalyse
  • Polymerphysik
  • Theoretische Festkörperphysik
  • Experimentalphysik – Komplexe Materialien
  • Grenzflächendesign für Faserkunststoffverbunde
  • Elektrochemisches Beschichten
  • Rheologie der Polymere
  • Biomaterialien und Werkstoffe der Medizintechnik
  • Werkstoffwissenschaft – Strukturbildungsprozesse

Non-native speakers of English language can choose one of the following modules if module “Deutsch als Fremdsprache I” or module “Deutsch als Fremdsprache II” have not been attended:

  • Englisch in Studien- und Fachkommunikation I
  • Englisch in Studien- und Fachkommunikation III

Non-native speakers of German language can choose one of the following modules if module “Deutsch als Fremdsprache I” or module “Deutsch als Fremdsprache II” have not been attended:

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache III (level B1)
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache IV (level B2)
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Fachkommunikation I (level C1)

Enrollment Requirements:

In general, a university Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
Degrees from universities other than the Chemnitz University of Technology are to be checked by a board of examiners on the basis of the record of study. The applicant is to provide this record of study.

Language Requirements:

Courses to obtain the required level of German language (A2 by the end of the third semester) are included within the curriculum for non-native speakers. Students providing a certificate of A2 level (CEFR) may choose advanced language courses or subject studies.


  • IELTS 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based: min. 72 points
  • Cambridge: First Certificate in English
  • TOEIC min. 785 points
  • Confirmation of English as the language of instruction
  • Study in English studies
  • Translator/interpreter degree

Applicants from countries with English as the official or native language are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency with their application.


About the University/Institution:

Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) offers an outstanding education to its students, providing them with various and attractive career perspectives. Owing to an excellent professor-to-student ratio, CUT ranks among the top five universities in Germany with respect to the quality of teaching. This high staff-to-student ratio allows more individual attention to be given to students, better enabling them to meet specific academic needs and to enjoy shorter course completion times than in most other German universities.
Millions of euros have been invested in CUT in recent years, both by the government and through research projects funded by industry, making it one of the most modern research-based universities in Germany. The computing resources are among the best in Germany, and the research equipment is continually being updated and expanded. In addition to this, the university has been recognised as having one of the best-designed campuses.

By embracing the spirit of globalisation enthusiastically, CUT has shown that it truly lives up to the tradition of innovation in the city of Chemnitz and in its educational institutions. The university has adapted to market demands by introducing international degree courses and has extended international student exchange programmes in order to satisfy the wishes of the growing international community. Every year, more than 700 foreign students from over 70 countries enrol at the university. They are supported by the International Office.
Due to numerous exchange programmes, you can meet students from Chemnitz all over the world. CUT holds partnerships with more than 100 universities on all continents in order to support the internationalisation of university training.

Application Deadline:


For international students:

  • 15 July for the following winter semester
  • 15 January for the following summer semester

Applications are to be submitted to uni-assist.


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