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Mechanical / Materials / Process Engineering, Department

Technische Fakultät

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Technische Fakultät
Department Werkstoffwissenschaften
Martensstraße 5-7
D-91058 Erlangen
Telephone: +49 9131 85-20940

Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen
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Basic information

Percentage of teaching by practitioners

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Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's


Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

8/14 points

Job market- and career-orientation

Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment

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Master theses in cooperation with work environment

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Third party funds per academic

230,200 €

Doctorates per professor


Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Strong integration of research in teaching; Lecture cycles focus on current topics in research and development (e.g. sustainability); comprehensive training in all material groups and classes; stand-alone degree programmes based in an independent department; extensive internships in small groups during training; very good supervision ratio between lecturers and students; strong interdisciplinary networking; students are closely involved in matters relating to the degree courses by means of commissions and through the departmental student organisation

Special features regarding the international orientation

ERASMUS exchange programmes at the department: FR, GB, IT, NO, PL, PT, CH, ES, dedicated ERASMUS coordinator in the department. Global exchange options thanks to various exchange programmes in Asia, Europe, Central, North and South America, Oceania

Special features regarding the equipment

AFM, FIB, SEM,TEM, microprobe, Raman spectrometer, X-ray computer tomograph; development laboratories for: polymers, bioengineering, rapid prototyping, AES, SAM, XPS, SEM, AFM, STM, FT-IR, rheological laboratory, analysis laboratory, crystal growth, characterisation, metallography, TEM

Special features regarding research activities

In terms of research, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (WW) consistently works on both basic principles and market and technology-related issues. The close links to industry help to drive this work forward. This is also reflected by the current funding ranking from the German Research Foundation (DFG). When it comes to research funding, the materials scientists at the FAU are leaders in Germany: A comparison of the individual disciplines shows a top position in Germany with 25.9 million euros.

Other special features

The materials sciences at FAU ranked in the top 100 of the QS World University Ranking in 2021. Materials science occupies 6th place in the national ranking. In teaching and research, all material classes are represented by a dedicated professorial Chair. With 9 professorial Chairs, it is the largest Materials Science department in Europe.

Further information on research activities

Materials Science / Engineering


Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

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Support in studies
Courses offered

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Digital teaching elements

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Research orientation

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Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support
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(S) = Students' judgements

(F) = Facts

(P) = Professors' judgements

MatSE = Materials Science / Engineering


Value in percent

Value in points


Thousand Euro

Last Update 2022: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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