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Materials/ Quality Control

The profile from the B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering can be further intensified in the Master's programme. Master's students can specialise in materials technology, surface technology, joining technology and materials and component testing or failure analysis. Depending on the type of course, the teaching content is taught by lecturers in the form of a lecture or a seminar. In individual courses, students work independently on case studies with practical problems and present the results.


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In addition to building up theoretical knowledge, students have the opportunity to get to know the facilities in the field of process engineering and materials analysis in the form of specialised laboratories and master's theses, also in connection with research and industrial projects. In this way, knowledge of materials and processes in research and application can be completed.  

The profile consists of a compulsory and an elective part. For more detailed descriptions of the selectable modules, please refer to the Module Handbook Master in  Mechanical Engineering

Competences and job profiles

After completing their studies, students of materials science and materials engineering can work in various fields. The spectrum of applications ranges from research and development to engineering, production and quality assurance. In industry, materials engineers work wherever materials are produced and processed, which opens up a broad interdisciplinary field of tasks, such as:

  • In materials development, the focus is on improving established materials and developing new materials and processing methods. Materials engineers deal with questions of performance, reliability and economic efficiency, as well as sustainability and environmental compatibility.
  • Questions regarding the choice of materials are clarified in cooperation with design engineers and production technicians.
  • In destructive and non-destructive material and component testing, the behaviour is comprehensively characterised from an application perspective down to the atomic scale using mechanical, thermal, electrical, chemical, acoustic and other measuring methods as well as microscopic analysis techniques.
  • In manufacturing technology, materials engineers work on the development of manufacturing and processing methods for materials and the quality testing and improvement of products. Typical techniques related to materials include shaping by casting and forging, powder metallurgy, injection moulding and extrusion, joining processes and surface modification.
  • In application technology, engineers strive to develop new applications for materials and to exploit the potential for lightweight construction through the substitution of materials or material-specific product design.
  • In consulting, advice is given with regard to optimised product-specific material selection. This includes the analysis of damage cases and the development of prevention strategies. Materials consulting offers the opportunity to work freelance, in the patent office or in companies. Furthermore, there are fields of activity in sales.


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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