PFH German University

Specialization in lightweight construction

The “Lightweight Engineering & Composites” master’s degree is aimed at engineers and mathematical and scientific graduates with professional experience who would like to gain qualifications in the field of composites while working. The course focuses in particular on carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP, colloquially “carbon”), but also glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP).

You can complete the course in either German or English. With a master’s degree, you open up the best career prospects. Annual growth of 10 percent is predicted for the CFRP industry alone. It is therefore certain that the high demand for composites specialists will continue to rise in the future.

Your Benefits

  • Study programme unique in the whole of Europe
  • Best possible career prospects in aircraft construction, automotive engineering, machine construction, wind turbine construction and many other industries
  • Professional development study programme in block and weekend courses
  • Up-to-date content provided by professors with practical experience
  • Collaborative partners like Airbus, DLR and Fraunhofer Institute in the immediate neighbourhood of the campus
  • Selected management content in the study programme
  • Individual supervision in small learning groups

All Facts about the Course


▶ Master of Science 90 ECTS
▶ Triple Award Program
▶ Unique Program
▶ Scholarships Available

Entry requirement

▶ University degree in engineering or a university degree in mathematics and natural sciences

Length of study

▶ 3 semesters

Tuition fee

7,200 euro per semester (Tripe-Award); 1,000 euro admin and enrolment fee (one-time fee) 1,000 euro examination fee (one-time fee)

Place of study

▶ Stade (Hamburg)

Start of studies

▶ October every year

Study Content
Whether practical projects, varied focal points or exciting modules – during your studies you will be comprehensively trained for your career. See what content is waiting for you here.

Modul 1: Business Administration

Internal Accounting & Controlling, Strategisches Management


Module 2: Deepening of mathematical and scientific basics

Calculation methods of structural mechanics, material mechanics and material behavior


Module 3: Structural design of the composite materials

Damage Tolerant Structural Design, Nonlinear Structural Design Methods


Module 4: Partially automated and automated manufacturing processes

Assembly logistics of automated manufacturing processes, quality assurance methods in manufacturing and service

Module 5: Sustainable process optimization

Industrial production technologies for composite structures, digital factory planning, deterministic assessment of production processes


Module 6: Design of multifunctional composite structures

Design of composite structures, hybrid construction methods, adaptive composite structures

Module 7: Master’s thesis with Disputation

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