Applied Surface and Material Sciences (M.Sc.)

General Information


Economic success in Europe increasingly depends on high-tech products. The function of a surface (protection, dirt absorption, cleaning ability, haptics, sliding properties) and its appearance are becoming more and more important.

Innovative materials based on nanoparticles, for example, can now be used to produce coatings with considerable added value and additional functions, e.g. self-healing, self-cleaning or combination coatings to replace coatings with many individual layers.

This programme combines two fields of study - materials and their properties, and interface and surface technologies. The know-how from paint technology, which ranges from the chemistry and physics of colloids (the range 1nm to 1 µm is now known as “nanotechnology”) and interfaces through to production engineering, is combined with knowledge from the field of material technology and inorganic and metallic layers, to facilitate the development of new materials, composites and whole components with customised surface properties.

Apart from gaining special expertise, you will learn to adopt an interdisciplinary approach in your work, to think scientifically and acquire an understanding for complex relationships. In state-of-the-art, outstandingly equipped laboratories you will be taught the practical knowledge you need and will apply the theory to practical issues.

Management skills

Knowledge of product and innovation management and business management prepares you for positions of leadership. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree programme also paves the way for you to act as the link in an interdisciplinary team in which business administrators, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, physicists, designers etc. collaborate on the design of new products.

Degree programme leaflet

Applied Surface and Material Sciences (M.Sc.)

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
FacultyNatural Sciences
CampusAalen Campus
Esslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman
Application PeriodsFor the summer semester: up to January 15th
For the winter semester: up to July 15th
Information on admission requirements



The course content is based on the fundamental current developments in industry. It combines the two fields of knowledge "materials and their properties" and "interface and surface technology".

Application and Admission

Bewerbung und Zulassung

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Diplom degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, surface engineering or material sciences (or a related field). The programme is open to graduates who have just gained their first degree and also to graduates with professional experience who wish to obtain a more advanced qualification.

In the summer semester, the teaching takes place at Aalen University, in the winter semester at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. 

How to apply

Applications for this degree programme must be submitted online via the

application portals for Master’s degree courses at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

The deadlines for submitting applications are

  • 15 January for the summer semester
  • 15 July for the winter semester.


Information on the accompanying documents which must be submitted can be found in the

checklist for Master’s programmes.

You can commence your studies in either the winter or the summer semester.

Additional documents which must be submitted with your application:

Notwendige Anlage zum Zulassungsantrag OMM

The Admissions Office of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences must have received all documents as hard copies by the above-stated application deadline at the latest. You can also submit your application for admission even if you have not yet received your degree certificate for your first university degree and further documents, if applicable, but expect to successfully complete this study programme on time. In such cases, the missing documents must be submitted later

  • 28 February for the summer semester
  • 30 September for the winter semester.

Further information can be found at Notes on the application procedure.

Please address any questions you may have to Chemie Info or call +49 (0)711-397-3501 (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 midday).  

Applicants who obtained their degree at a foreign university

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences requires a university degree gained at a foreign university to be recognised by the Center for International Students at Constance University of Applied Sciences.


The curriculum for the degree programme and detailed descriptions of the programme modules are contained in the Module Catalogue.

Modulhandbuch Angewandte Oberflächen und Materialwissenschaften M.Sc.

Degree Programme and Examination Regulations (SPO, in German)

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Apply for summer semester 2021!

Applications open October 15th 2020

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Cristina-Maria Sirrenberg-Cruciat