FH Kärnten

Light Weight Engineering

  • MSc
  • Full-time
  • German
  • 4 Semester
  • Villach
  • 21 Places

The Master's degree program "Lightweight Engineering" deepens the technical understanding of the function of machines and systems and underlines the central role of lightweight construction as a motor for all branches of modern mechanical engineering. The course of study thus opens up career paths in automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, energy technology, architecture, medical technology or plant engineering and maintenance. There is a great need for highly trained experts in all these future-oriented fields. Students obtain the necessary knowledge for this in practice-oriented courses that deal with the design and implementation of complete, complex systems. Including 3D printing, a wide range of modern manufacturing technologies are discussed. Students can follow their own designs from the idea to the prototype and realize them in the Smart Lab. After successfully completing "Lightweight engineering", a wide range of career opportunities are open to you. 

What students should bring to their studies:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject at an Austrian university or comparable academic degree from a foreign educational institution.
  • A creative personality who enjoys innovative developments.
  • Logical thinking skills, coupled with a sound basic education in the natural sciences/technology.
  • Curiosity and the ability to work independently.

After successful completion of their studies, graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • They know the properties of lightweight steels and light metals, of polymer materials and composite materials, and know how they are produced and processed.
  • They are familiar with mathematical, physical, strength-theoretical and design methods for calculating and designing lightweight components.
  • They are able to design components and joints even under dynamic or oscillating loads and also taking corrosive effects into account.
  • You are very familiar with the finite elements method for different fields of application, bionic and generative design, topology optimization and can use 3D printing technology in a targeted manner.
  • They check systems for errors, maintain and optimize them.
  • They analyze and simulate highly dynamic, transient processes. 

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into a master degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

- completion of a bachelor of arts/science degree that corresponds to the respective master degree program
- completion of an equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or an international post-secondary institution of higher education

Later submission of required documents

Persons in their last semester of their bachelor degree programs may apply for a study place in a master degree program by submitting their most current transcript of records. The completion of the bachelor degree program certificates must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.


Application mode:
online: http://www.fh-kaernten.at/online-bewerben.html

Application time:
30.09. (15.05. non-EU-citizens)

Appointment for the admissions process:
ongoing until the end of the application period

Admission procedure:

Start of studies:

Study information days:
Study counselling: ongoing • FH Days, Campus Days, Info-Sessions - please check the calendar of events on our website

Tuition fee:
363,36 Euro + ÖH Austrian Students Union Fee (about € 20,-, annual adjustment) per semester


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