Degree Course Details

M.Sc. Metallurgy and Metal Forming

Program Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credit Points


Beginning of Program

winter and summer semester


The Metallurgy and Metal Forming M.Sc. builds on the Bachelor's degree course of the same name. Graduates of that course will be further exposed to the principles of metallurgy and metal physics as they relate to the production and processing of metallic materials and to heat treatment and refining. They will then be in a position to independently plan and carry out the development, implementation and optimization of processes, materials and procedures.

In particular, graduates will be able to fulfil corporate managerial roles and communicate in a managerial capacity with customers and official bodies. As well as in-depth lectures on metallurgy, physical metallurgy, plastomechanics and thermodynamics, special lectures will cover process simulation, data processing and project management.

Graduates will enjoy excellent career prospects in managerial roles in the iron, steel and metal processing industries, or could go on to complete a doctorate in Germany or elsewhere. Principal employment areas include metal manufacturing, with a focus on the iron and steel industry and its related processing activities. Graduates may also find employment in companies where metallic materials are used in manufacturing, production and processing. These include consultancies specializing in construction-related mechanical engineering concerning metallic materials; companies specializing in heat treatment processing for volume-oriented or surface-oriented materials; and the many branches of the metal processing industry, such as bodywork and parts manufacture for the automotive sector.

Graduates can expect to find work not just with large, international employers but also at managerial level in the SMEs sector or as freelance consultant engineers or with engineering consultancies.
Of all construction materials currently used worldwide, steel is by far the most common. Those specializing in this material will therefore be highly employable in a wide range of industrial engineering roles and can look forward to excellent career prospects.

Graduates will:

  • Develop an awareness of advanced theory;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in materials technology;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in production technology;
  • Be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives;
  • Have an enhanced general education with advanced language skills in German or English as well as increased employability from learning team-working and communication skills.
  • Have demonstrated that they can apply scientific methods to deal independently with problems of materials technology (or its application in another area of engineering) within a specific timeframe, and be able to present the issues clearly.

Study Plan

Metallurgy and Metal Forming (MMF)


Schedule of the actual semester


Campus Duisburg


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • winter semester: from October to March
  • summer semester: from April to September

Lecture Period

In winter term the lectures usually start in mid-October and end in mid-February. The summer term lectures start usually in mid-April and finish in July. During the winter semester will be a break of two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Examination Period

The examination period always starts 1 week after the lecture period and lasts for approx. 5 weeks.

Social Contribution

All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 300 Euro per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia, subsidized meals in the canteen of the university and other services.

Costs of Living

We recommend budgeting around 800 to 1000 Euro per month for personal expenses.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 Euro.

Student Advisory Service

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students
SG 119
Tel: +49 (0)203 379-3776

Departmental Advisor

Prof. Paul Josef Mauk

Student Council International Studies in Engineering


Additional Information



The University of Duisburg-Essen is system accredited.