PFH German University

Specialization in lightweight construction

The Master’s degree in “Lightweight Engineering & Composites” is intended for engineers and graduates of mathematics and natural sciences with professional experience, who would like to gain a qualification in the area of composites via the professional development route. The particular focus of the study programme is on both carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP, colloquially known as “carbon”) and glass fibre-reinforced plastics (GFRP).

A Master’s qualification will open up the best possible career prospects, with the CFRP branch of the economy alone being forecast to grow by 10 percent a year. The high demand for specialists in composites is therefore bound to continue to increase in future.

All Facts about the Course


▶ Master of Science
▶60 ECTS (Part-Time)
▶90 ECTS (Triple-Award)

Entry requirement

▶ Degree in engineering or mathematical science with above-average marks and at least one year of field-related professional experience

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 1st each year

Study content

Whether practical projects, varied focal points or exciting modules – in the degree programme you will be comprehensively trained for your career.


Module 1: Business administration
Internal Accounting & Controlling, Strategic Management

Module 2: Deepening mathematical and scientific basics
Calculation Methods of Structural Mechanics, Material Mechanics and Material Behaviour

Module 3: Structural design of the composite materials
Damage Tolerant Structural Design, Nonlinear Structural Design Methods

Module 4: Partially automated and fully automated manufacturing processes
Assembly Logistics of Automated Manufacturing Processes, Quality Assurance Methods in Manufacturing and Service

Module 5: Sustained process optimisation
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 Thesis and Disputation

About the programme

Part-Time Programme: You will complete a total of four block units, each of 16-days’ duration, and a weekend course. In addition, blended-learning units accompany the study programme. The study content of the four Lightweight Engineering & Composites blocks does not differ from those of the Triple-Award programme. The third semester is reserved for the Master’s thesis and oral defence. This split ensures that you can optimally coordinate your studies alongside your job.

Tripe-Award Programme: The heart of the MSc programme consists of four 16-day blocks of lectures and workshops/lab sessions, between which you take intensive German language and Management courses. The first two semesters are dedicated to theoretical consolidation of the engineering science content, focusing particularly on the conceptual and structural design of fibre composites, partially/fully automated manufacturing processes and process optimisation. You will also obtain extensive knowledge about designing multi-functional composites and implementing intelligent fibre composite structures. Business Administration content, such as Internal Accounting & Controlling (in the context of a business simulation game), and Innovation and Strategic Management, are also integrated into the first semester. Finally, in the third semester, you will work on your Master’s thesis. 

Who can study at PFH

Things you need

You are passionate about…

Engineering sciences and the high-tech material carbon which is equally light, stable and resilient.

You bring these qualifications with you…

Degree in engineering or mathematical science with above-average marks and at least one year of field-related professional experience. 

Things you do not need

Graduated from PFH

Did you complete your bachelor’s degree at another university? No problem – our lecturers build on your previous knowledge.

A break from your professional life

This programme can be taken part-time so you can still work at your current job.

FAQ – the most frequently asked questions

At PFH University, you can apply at any time.

  1. Application form via our website
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Higher education entrance qualification
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Digital photo
  6. Letter of motivation
  7. Employment references
  8. Letter of recommendation 

Yes, you will need proof of advanced English language skills, e.g. Bachelor’s taught in English, TOEFL, IELTS, ESOL CAE or BEC Higher.

If you are a citizen of a country in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not require a visa or other documentation to enter Germany and study here. However, once you arrive and find accommodation, you must register with the local residents’ registration office.
If you are coming from a country other than the ones named above, you will require a visa. For more information specific to your home country, please visit the Federal Foreign Office website.

At PFH University, we offer international students three types of scholarships:

  1. STIBET-Programmes
  2. DAAD Prize
  3. Deutschland Stipendium/Germany Scholarship

For more information on each of the scholarships, click here.

During your studies, you are generally allowed to do 120 full days or 240 half-days of paid work and take small student jobs. In exceptional circumstances, your local foreigners office may impose further restrictions.

International students coming to Germany have two options when it comes to accommodation: student halls of residence and private accommodation. For more information, you can visit the Accommodation Finder from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or contact our international office.

When you compare Germany to other European countries, you’ll find that it’s not very expensive. The living costs are just slightly higher than the EU average, with rent being the largest expense. On average, students in Germany spend around 850 EUR per month (750 EUR in Göttingen for the management degree).

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