Non-Destructive Testing (M.Sc.)

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Short profile of the study program

With its various methods non-destructive testing is a fundamental component of the quality assurance and control in many areas of the industry today. The step by step courses for examiners offered by the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) are an established and good basis for operational practice. Increasingly, however, more complete testing strategies have to be developed and implemented. In Germany and many other parts of the world, no adequate academic training has been available for the required engineering personnel. This gap is closed by the university course offered by the Dresden International University (DIU).

Target Group

  • This course is designed for successful graduates, from engineering, materials science, geoscience, applied physics or related fields and also for people who are working already in the NDT field and those who are seeking careers and advanced specialization in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, as well as in highly diverse companies in transportation, energy (including nuclear), chemistry, micro- and nanoelectronics, and public safety facilities, and more. The successful completion of the degree entitles the student to work in the research field as well as in practice in industry.
Next start of program:
06th November 2023


Overview of the study contents

Basic modules

  1. Material Science
  2. Measurement Techniques
  3. Mechanics
  4. Numerical Methods & Signal Processing
  5. Introduction into NDT & Quality Management

Special Modules

  1. Acoustic Methods
  2. Electromagnetic Methods
  3. Radiological Methods
  4. Optical Methods
  5. Thermal & Microscopical Methods

Research Modules

  1. Basic Course of DGZfP
  2. Research Internship

Master's Thesis

Student voices about the NDT programme

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Admission requirements

  • Master’s / Bachelor’s Degree (4 years or 180 credit points) preferably in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, material sciences , geological science, applied physics as well as related subjects
  • Proficiency in English language (level IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT79)
  • Practical experience in non-destructive testing (NDT) or even destructive testing is advantageous

Scholarship Information

  • Various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations
  • IAEA Scholarship up tp 20,000 €: IAEA (Internat. Atomic Energy Agency) has been offering again the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCF) for which suitable female candidates can apply.

    Since 14th of July, 2023 the IAEA (Internat. Atomic Energy Agency) has been offering again the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCF) for which suitable female candidates can apply. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of women in the field of nuclear engineering. Selected students will receive a scholarship to pursue master's degrees in nuclear-related programmes at accredited universities. There is also the opportunity to complete an internship of up to 12 months arranged by the IAEA. DIU's NDT master´s programme will be definitely considered for the scholarship, which is an excellent opportunity for young women to become part of our NDT programme, work in an exciting field of application and target towards a professional career at international level.

    Students are awarded up to €20,000 for tuition costs and up to €20,000 for living costs for the master’s programme for the academic years 2023/24 and 2024/2025. Therefore, take a close look at the site and take the chance applying for it. Further information can be found on the following webpage: Homepage der IAEA für das MSCF-Programm.

    The deadline for applications is 30.09.2023.
    More information: Please contact  Caroline Heller (DIU Study Advisory) via mail


    Master of Science (M.Sc.)
    Place of study: 
    Dresden and Online
    Start of study:
    06th November 2023
    4 semesters
    Credit points:
    120 points
    program type:
    full time
    Tuition fee:
    895 € per month

    This course is accredited

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    The lectures take place for the most part in presence and online. Study materials are made available to students to enable asynchronous self-organized learning. Lecture-free period phases during the summer and Christmas periods.

    The team of lecturers in the program includes both top-class scientists and experienced practitioners. In this way, well-founded information from science and research is combined with a high degree of practical relevance.


    Participants in this course come from a wide variety of fields and can greatly benefit from diverse learning groups, to expand their horizon. We offer interdisciplinary exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.