What is meant by metallurgy



Key data

Master of Science
Start of studies:
Winter semester
Normal period:
4 semesters
ECTS points:
120More information

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ECTS are credit points that measure the workload during the course.


entry requirements

  • 1. University degree, professional qualification according to POMore information

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    A recognized first university degree, which proves the professional qualifications for the master’s course. The knowledge required for a successful degree is specified in the respective examination regulations (PO).

  • Language skills in EnglishMore information

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    To enroll in this course, you must prove that you have knowledge of the language of instruction. The examination regulations regulate the details.

Admission for freshmen

Admission to higher semesters

Language requirements

  • see course description

Dates and deadlines

Metallurgical Engineering is about the development, manufacture and processing of ferrous and non-ferrous materials as well as minerals. It forms the basis for innovative products and new technological developments in the fields of industry, technology and medicine. Research in this department focuses on material design. This includes general research to determine the structure of known materials, such as steel, aluminum, magnesium, glass, ceramics, and the possibilities of optimizing them. Scientists in this specialist group also deal with issues relating to the areas of surface technology, recycling, manufacturing and processing, using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes including quality assurance controls.

Course of studies

General study description

The course provides detailed knowledge and understanding of metallurgy technology. The particular focus is on industrial research and development practices and modern manufacturing processes. In this course of study, students should improve their skills in developing and managing projects as well as leading and coordinating project teams.

This course focuses on all disciplines within the fields of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Technology. At the beginning of their studies, students have to choose their individual area of ​​specialization:

  • Process engineering for metals
  • Physical metallurgy and materials
  • Materials science minerals
  • Material science steel

Course structure

At the beginning of their studies, students choose one of the specializations offered as their individual focus. The selection of the specialization determines six basic courses from a directory (thermochemistry, physical metallurgy, transport phenomena, process control technology, manufacturing technology for metals, minerals, metallic materials, metallurgical process technology and recycling as well as manufacturing technology for minerals) as well as the main subjects.

You can choose from four areas of specialization for this course of study:

Process engineering for metals

  • Melt treatment and continuous casting
  • Basic process in non-ferrous metallurgy
  • Casting processes and casting alloys
  • Basics and solution methods in metal forming
  • Industrial furnace construction

Physical metallurgy and materials

  • Advanced physical metallurgy
  • Introduction to texture analysis
  • Micromechanics of the materials
  • Comprehensive laboratory course in physical metallurgy

Material science steel

  • Material science steel
  • Introduction to texture analysis
  • Material characterization
  • Laboratory course in physical metallurgy

The course is supplemented with

  • an advanced course (German course)
  • a ten week internship
  • a study-related project work of around six weeks
  • a six-month master's thesis in which the students have to solve practical problems in their chosen area of ​​specialization. During this master's thesis, the students are integrated into RWTH research teams.


Formal entry requirements

  • Prospective students must have a recognized first degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in metallurgy, materials engineering or another related discipline, which was awarded by an internationally recognized institution at university level.
  • In addition, knowledge of the English language must be proven that meets the requirements of the examination regulations. You will find the corresponding link further down on this page.

For courses that are taught in English, applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Even though all courses are taught in English, students are expected to learn German during their stay in Germany. For this purpose, a basic German course is offered before the start of the course and during the first year.

Special admission requirements

Students should be interested in continuing their careers in metallurgy or materials science. The course is suitable for technicians who come from both industry and university. Applicants should be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science and technology to identify, formulate and solve technical problems and to prepare and carry out experiments in a laboratory.

Career prospects

Metallurgy technicians work in many different areas of industry, including research and development, design, manufacturing planning, sales and distribution, quality management and organization. Upon completion of this course, students receive an M.Sc. degree, which is highly regarded worldwide.

Examination regulations

General admission requirements, such as the required language skills, are regulated in the comprehensive examination regulations of the RWTH.

The subject-specific examination regulations regulate legally binding study objectives, study requirements, course of studies and exams. In its appendix, it contains the description of the modules that make up the course.


The master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering is offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.

Information before starting your studies

International prospective students