Materials Science

Materials – The Stuff of Which Things are Made

Materials, both classic and new, are the basis and motive force for products and product innovations. The most important materials-based industries in Germany, including vehicle and mechanical engineering, chemicals, power technology, the electrical and electronics industry, and metal production and processing, report annual sales totaling nearly € 1 trn and employ around five million people.

Materials scientists develop totally new materials concepts such as, for example, in currently key areas like energy storage and conversion or lightweight construction, or they improve existing materials and adapt them for the constantly changing requirements of global competition. With their expertise in the complex effects of structure, composition, processing steps, and load and environmental influences on the performance and behavior of materials in practical use they also constitute a link between design and production.

Materials Science – Bridge Between Engineering and Natural Sciences

In view of the importance of material behavior for the design and processing of products the study of materials has a major engineering component. At the same time our understanding of how materials behave builds on the latest insights in the basic scientific subjects.

While, for example, modern high-performance steels are manufactured on a 1,000-ton scale, there is an increasing trend toward designing materials of this kind and their processing steps by means of model calculations that are based on quantum physics principle and cover the entire range from the atom to the component in full.

Novel composites and hybrid materials that combine high strength and light weight with functional properties such as actuator or sensor technology make use of current research findings in the nanosciences. The development of biomaterials, which are increasingly important in healthcare, requires in addition to material physics and chemical approaches insights from medicine.

The wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach of materials science makes it the bridge discipline between engineering and natural sciences.

TUHH – At the Center of Materials Research in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region

In the only degree program of its kind in Germany, modern materials science issues are taught in full from the atom to the component. The TUHH makes use of its own expertise from quantum mechanics, nanostructures and modern composites and biomaterials to microsystems technology. At the same time structural and materials research is especially strongly positioned in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

The TUHH maintains powerful research partnerships with the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG) in Geesthacht and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg.

The Multiphase Multiscale 
Material Systems – M3 collaborative research center and the Hamburg Center for High-Performance Materials underscore an internationally visible focus on modern, multiscale structural and functional materials. There is close cooperation with non-university institutions with a proven track record in materials research such as the HZG and DESY.

Furthermore, the TUHH also contributes a strong intramural environment. Research interests in the development and integration of new materials exist in, for example, aircraft systems engineering, aircraft production technology or building technology.

Your Materials Science Program – Multiscale Materials Systems

Materials Science (M.Sc.) – Multiscale Materials Systems is a degree program for B.Sc. graduates in engineering, physics, or chemistry.

We teach you an understanding of the structure, properties and design principles of materials, from their atomic structures and process to their behavior in components.

The courses in the four-semester program are taught partly in English.

The main focus in the first year of study is on the core subjects physics and chemistry of materials, methods used in experiments, theory and multiscale modeling, mechanical properties from molecules via idealized monocrystalline states to the real material, phase transitions and structure design, and properties of functional materials.

Specializations open up for you the fields of nano and hybrid materials, technical materials, and material modeling.

In the second year the focus is entirely on your work in research in progress with a study project on modern problems in materials science and your master’s thesis.

Information about Studies

In the Infothek you will receive information about studying and on other matters.

Your Student Counselors

Ms. Preuss and Ms. zur Borg Tel.: 040 428 78-2232,


Contact with Students

In addition to the Students’ Union (AstA) the student body (Fachschaft) of the mechanical engineering faculty provides information from the student’s viewpoint:

Studying in Hamburg

Hamburg is not only “top” geographically; in the ranking it is one of Europe’s most dynamic regions with the best growth prospects. It is a vibrant metropolis with a high quality of life. What with culture, sport, the Elbe beaches, and the long nights, Hamburg has much to offer in addition to your studies. Along with its wide-ranging opportunities for partying, Hamburg is well known for its extensive cultural offerings and its many sights to discover.

Application and Admission

Admissions in both the summer and the winter semester
Application deadlines:

Dec 12 to Jan 15 for summer semester
June 1 to July 15 for winter semester

Enrollment from August 1, 2015

Further Information

All admission modalities are laid down in the Satzung über das Studium (Statutes on Studying at the TUHH).

All Information about required precognitions can be found here.

The Module Handbook describes the concrete difinitions of a programm's modules and the educational objectives. They also give information about content, recommended precognitions and preparation literature 

The basic conditions of TUHH examinations are regulated by the General Provisions (ASPO) and the current regulation and course plan (FSPO).

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