Structure & Contents

  • Regular study duration: 2 years
  • Start: Winter semester
  • Graduation: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The turnaround in energy and raw materials calls for new materials to promote resource- and energy-efficient applications and processes. Consider, for example, the changes in lighting technology: ten years ago, we used conventional incandescent lamps, followed by energy-saving lamps five years later. In the meantime, almost only economical and long-life LED luminaires are in use. The composition of materials for modern energy storage systems, building materials or lightweight construction undergo a similarly rapid change. Moreover, we nowadays try to replace fossil raw materials and to produce new, near-natural materials in an energy- and environmentally friendly way. These innovative materials must first be composed of molecular building blocks. Various disciplines from the natural and engineering sciences, Chemistry in particular, are working together to create ready-to-use materials starting from the molecule.

Aiming at a modern and joined-up education of young natural scientists and engineers, the new consecutive course of study "Material Chemistry" will therefore start in autumn 2018 at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.
The Master's programme includes:

  • in-depth training in chemical materials research (inorganic materials, biomaterials, materials analysis);
  • elective modules with reference to materials from the fields of design sciences;
  • one research semester in an external non-university research institution (at the student's own choice);
  • acquisition of competences in scientific working, communication and presentation.

In the fourth semester, you will work independently on a scientific problem using your acquired theoretical knowledge to write up a master’s thesis. This scientific work can be done in research groups inside and outside the university. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will receive the degree “Master of Science (M.Sc.)”, which entitles you, among other things, to a doctorate.