Metallurgical Engineering M.Sc.

Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

Program Goals

Metallurgical Engineering is concerned with the development, production, and processing of ferrous, non-ferrous, and mineral materials. It is the basis for innovative products and new technological developments in the fields of industry, technology, and medicine. Research in this department focuses on materials design. It includes general research to ascertain the structure of and opportunities for optimising known materials (e.g. steel, aluminium, magnesium, glass, ceramic, etc.). Scientists in this division also deal with issues relating to surface technology, recycling, manufacturing, and processing using state-of-the-art production processes including quality assurance inspections.

Degree Content

General Program Description

The program provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of metallurgical engineering. Its particular focus is on industrial R&D practices and modern manufacturing processes. The program aims at enhancing the students’ ability to design and manage projects and to lead and co-ordinate project teams.

This program focuses on all disciplines within Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Technology. At the beginning of their studies, students have to select their individual area of specialism:

  • Process Technology of Metals
  • Physical Metallurgy and Materials
  • Material Science of Mineral Materials
  • Materials Science of Steels

Program Structure

At the beginning of the program, students will choose one of the areas of specialization offered as their individual study focus. The choice of the specialization determines six basic courses from a catalogue (Thermochemistry, Physical Metallurgy, Transport Phenomena, Process Control Engineering, Fabrication Technology of Metals, Mineral Materials, Metallic Materials, Process Metallurgy and Recycling, and Fabrication Technology of Mineral Materials), and the study majors.

The program offers four areas of specialization to choose from:

Process Technology of Metals

  • Melt Treatment and Continuous Casting
  • Unit Operations in Nonferrous Metallurgy
  • Casting Processes and Casting Alloys
  • Fundamentals and Solving Methods in Metal Forming
  • Industrial Furnaces

Physical Metallurgy and Materials

  • Advanced Physical Metallurgy
  • Introduction to Texture Analysis
  • Micromechanics of Materials
  • Comprehensive Physical Metallurgy Lab

Materials Science of Steels

  • Materials Science of Steels
  • Introduction to Texture Analysis
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Physical Metallurgy Lab

The program is supplemented with

  • a complementary course (German language course).
  • a ten-week internship
  • a study-integrated thesis of about six weeks
  • a six-month Master’s thesis in which students are challenged to solve practical problems in the area of their chosen specialisation. During this thesis the candidates are integrated in RWTH research teams.


Formal Entrance Requirements

  • A candidate should have a recognized first degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in Metallurgy, or Materials Engineering, or other closely related disciplines, awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution.
  • You must additionally provide documentation that your English skills correspond to those required in the examination regulation. You can find the link to the examination regulation at the end of the page.

For English-taught programs, candidates must be able to speak and write fluently in English.
Although all courses are taught in English the students shall nevertheless learn German during their time in Germany. Therefore, a basic German language course is offered before start of the program and during the first year.

Special Entrance Requirements

Students should have an interest in continuing their careers in the field of metallurgy or material science. The program is appropriate for both engineers coming from industry and from university. Candidates should be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, as well as to set up and perform experiments in a laboratory setting.

Career Prospects

Metallurgical engineers work in a multitude of fields within industry, including research and development, design, production planning, sales and distribution, quality management, and organisation. The program awards students a M.Sc. degree, which is well recognized around the world.

Examination Regulations

The general admissions requirements, such as language skills, are regulated in the RWTH Comprehensive Examination Regulation.

The subject-specific examination regulation regulates academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.


The Masters course of study in Metallurgical Engineering is offered by the Division of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.