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Plastics Engineering (Master's degree)

Semester 4 Semester
Winter semester/summer semester


The study programme in plastics engineering with the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) is intended to provide students with scientific access to plastics engineering in addition to the skills taught in the bachelor's study programme. Students are enabled to apply and develop scientific working methods in the professional environment of the plastics industry. The educational goal is to enable students to work in research and development. The independent scientific working methods are also strengthened through study components such as the integrated research projects and the master thesis. Students decide for themselves whether they acquire their skills more through teaching or through research. Furthermore, students are taught management skills that prepare them for leading positions in the technical-scientific field. More detailed information on the study programme can be found on the website of the Faculty of Mechanical and Plastics Engineering.


Glass and metallic materials are increasingly being replaced by plastics. The growth of the plastics industry is currently higher than the growth of the entire industry. The demand for plastics engineers is high. The Master's degree offers graduates good opportunities in the growing job market and gives them access to management positions. It includes access to the higher civil service in the federal and state civil service. It also offers those interested in science the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of fields of study in a subsequent doctoral process and thus to embark on an academic career in research and teaching.
Typical sectors for plastics engineers:

  • Plastics processing
  • Design and development of plastic components
  • Plastics production and plastics machinery.

After a Master's degree, there is the possibility of a doctorate. The central contact point is the Graduate School.


The study programme consists of three theory semesters and a one-semester final thesis. The course of study is divided into modules. These study units include courses, project work and laboratories and are partly independently designed by the cooperation partners in the respective special disciplines. In projects, students work independently on current practical issues using scientific working methods. A detailed presentation of the course contents can be found in the module manual (German). The study programme in plastics engineering (M.Sc.) can also be studied in a dual system as part of the KIng model.


The master's programme in plastics engineering can be studied part-time. The courses of the first three semesters then extend over six semesters. A change between full-time and part-time study is possible at any time. Further information is available at (German)


The admission requirement for the Master's programme is the completion of a technically oriented first degree (Bachelor's or Diplom) with an overall grade of good. In special cases, the examination board can also decide on admission in an individual examination. For non-plastic engineers, the department offers qualification courses during the first semester. A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations (German).

Registration deadline (German certificate)