Non-Destructive Testing (M.Sc.)

Expert knowledge on an international level

Late intake: If for some reason beyond your control, you can not come to Germany, we offer to start on January 4th without any disadvantages.
Learning materials and exchange with fellow students will be provided by DIU via Microsoft Teams using the Office Cloud 365.

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 now closed by the university course offered by the Dresden International University (DIU) since the summer semester 2011.

The participants of the Master's program "Non-Destructive Testing" acquire sound basic and specialist knowledge in all areas of NDT (you will find further information in the overview of the study contents).  Small groups enable efficient and individual learning, supported by sound scientific supervision in theoretical and practical exercises.  Students are familiarized with modern equipment that is fundamental to all NDT methods. The practical exercises can take place in several laboratories. An example can be seen in the picture below, where a student is working in one of the laboratories of the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM).

In addition to the scientific qualification, the graduates gain extended international and intercultural experience.  The study program also includes a German course before the start of the lectures.

Successful graduates qualify for a career in a variety of very different companies in the fields of transport, energy (including nuclear energy), chemistry, micro- and nanoelectronics as well as public safety institutions and much more.

The program is tailored for an advanced specialization in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and civil engineering and leads to promising careers.

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


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Boller
    Lehrstuhl für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung und Qualitätssicherung (LZfPQ), Universität des Saarlandes Campus Dudweiler, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Dr. Carsten Becker-Willinger
    Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Giovanni Bruno
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Gerd Dobmann
    Senior Scientific Consultant, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Uwe Ewert
    formerly Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Philippe Guy
    Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne, France
  • Dirk Henn
    Fraunhofer-Institut for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Johann Hinken
    FI Test- und Messtechnik GmbH, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Dr. Ralf Holstein
    Managing Director of DGZfP Ausbildung und Training GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Wolfgang Habel
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Peter Starke
    University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Tadeusz Stepinski
    AGH Cracow/Poland (Acoustic Imaging), Krakow, Poland
  • Prof. Wieslaw Staszewski
    Department of Robotics and Mechatronics AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland                  
  • Prof. Volker Trappe
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany     
  • Prof. Frank Walther
    Technical University Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany                
  • Dr. Mathias Ziegler
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech
    Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, Dresden, Germany