Metallurgy and Metal Forming

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The Metallurgy and Metal Forming BSc provides a general engineering qualification in the area of metallurgy and metal forming technology for the manufacture and processing of metallic materials. Interdisciplinary, multi-system lectures are designed to teach students system skills and the ability to solve engineering problems. The course's international focus prepares students to work in a global market, and at the same time makes studying easier for international students.
This in-depth, professionally-oriented course focuses on two key areas. The first is the technologies and procedures required for the production of metals for industrial use. These include steel production and processing technologies as well as the technologies for non-ferrous metals such as aluminium, copper, magnesium, nickel and titanium. With the demand for new materials coming from all areas of the technology sector, these base metals and their alloys are at the forefront of industry developments.
The second focus is the metal forming manufacturing processes for primary and secondary formation, with the focus on the process technologies that determine their properties. This encompasses hot-forming and cold-forming procedures in the iron and steel industries as well as for non-ferrous metals. It also includes forming procedures in manufacturing technology for sheet manufacture and cold forging. The course is thus both materials-focused and manufacturing oriented.

Educational organisation

For all Bachelor's degrees together, the basic principles of engineering and science will be taught on a broad basis in the first year of study. This includes courses from the disciplines of mechanical engineering, material science, electrical engineering, computer science, and natural science. The courses will impart the necessary knowledge in engineering and science as well as different methods and approaches.

In the subsequent semesters, the students will be taught in the following modules in addition to the core subjects:

Projects: In the context of a project, the students will work on a complex topic in a group, applying scientific methods. At the end of the project, the students will write up their findings and present their results.

Electives: The electives will give the students the possibility of choosing and deepening their own specialisations within the degree.

Non-technical subjects: The aim of the non-technical course is to deepen the general education of the students, and if necessary, to increase their linguistic competence as well as to strengthen their ability to work in teams or to give a presentation.

During their Bachelor's studies, students will have to participate in an industrial internship in a company outside the university. This industrial internship will have to be completed before the registration for the Bachelor's thesis. The industrial internship will supplement the degree in such a way that the students gain some practical experience that will enrich their theoretical knowledge. This will help to deepen the understanding of the lectures and will facilitate project work. The duration of the industrial internship will be 15 weeks. Nine weeks of the industrial internship should be completed before studies.

The Bachelor's thesis concludes the scientific education in every Bachelor's degree course within the academic ISE programme (International Studies in Engineering). It is used to show that a student is capable of dealing with a problem from the corresponding field of engineering sciences autonomously, using scientific methods and presenting the topic comprehensibly. The duration for the work on the Bachelor's thesis is three months.

After completing the Bachelor's degree, students will be able to choose to continue with a Master's degree as a specialisation of their former field of studies or discipline, or change to a Master's degree programme in a different engineering subject and thus aim for a double qualification.

Study abroad unit(s)

It is obligatory for German students to stay abroad for a period of three to six months.
During this time, the students can do the following:
  • participate in lectures at a foreign university and earn credits by passing the respective examinations
  • work on their final thesis
  • do their industrial internship at a company to complete the obligatory professional practical training


An industrial internship in a company is compulsory for all Bachelor's students. The entire 15 weeks of the industrial internship have to be finished before starting the final thesis.

Forms of assessment

According to the examination regulations, the type and duration of the examination will be defined by the lecturer before the semester starts. Therefore, an examination can be a written test of 60 to 120 minutes or an oral examination of 30 to 60 minutes. The language of the examination is the same as the language of the lecture.

Course objectives

Graduates will:
1) have gained wide and profound knowledge on the principles of mathematics as well as natural and engineering sciences, enabling them to master the complex phenomena in metallurgy and metal forming;
2) master basic specialist principles in manufacturing and materials technology;
3) master basic specialist principles in thermodynamics and metallurgy;
4) be able to analyse and assess products, processes, and methods of their discipline from a systematic perspective;
5) have a profound understanding of design methods and skills, and be able to extend their features as well as design and execute experiments or simulations with data analysis in order to support solutions for given problems;
6) be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives and develop further by independent use of life-long learning skills;
7) have an enhanced general education with advanced language skills in German or English as well as increased employability gained by learning teamwork, presentation, and communication skills;
8) gain experience in their chosen profession and be in a position to critically assess technical information and professional practice and their interdependencies;
9) gain experience in applying scientific methods to deal independently with problems from their chosen area of engineering within a specific time frame, and be able to present issues clearly.

Language requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate German and English language skills corresponding to Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
At the start of the programme, students must undergo placement tests in order to determine their knowledge in both languages and be placed in the appropriate courses. Students with a language certification from a qualified institute are exempt from sitting the placement test.
During the course of the ISE Bachelor's programme, students must work towards a level B2 certification in both German and English. Students must reach a B2 proficiency level by the time they register for the final thesis. In some individual cases, language courses are a required part of the programme.

Academic requirements

The qualification is met by a general higher education entrance qualification ("Abitur"), a subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification ("Fachhochschulreife"), or a foreign equivalent.
The evidence of a college preparatory educational background or qualification from a school with a special focus on mathematics is required.
Applicants are also required to have knowledge of German and English at least on the level of B1 achieved on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Enrolment fees

All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 300 EUR per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North Rhine-Westphalia, subsidised meals in the canteen of the university, and other services.

Costs of living

We recommend budgeting around 750 to 900 EUR per month for personal expenses.

Job opportunities

Students may be employed as student assistants at institutes within the Department of Engineering as well as by affiliated research institutions. Companies in the region also offer similar jobs.

Services and support for international students

The Support Center for (International) Engineering Students (SCIES) acts as a help desk for all study-related questions in the Department of Engineering. The mission of SCIES is to support all students at the Department of Engineering and to help them get the most out of their experience at the University of Duisburg-Essen. SCIES answers questions with regard to studies, helps in administrative matters, supports in finding accommodation, and is the first level of support for all of the students' questions.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 280 EUR.
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