Non-Destructive Testing (M.Sc.)

Expert knowledge on an international level

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 2013.

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.

The first two semesters can also be completed online before the internships and thesis pending.

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.

Student voices about the NDT programme

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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. Dr. Gerd Dobmann
    Senior Scientific Consultant, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Ewert
    formerly Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Philippe Guy
    Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne, France
  • Dirk Henn
    Fraunhofer-Institut for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. 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. Dr. Andrzej Klepka
    Department of Robotics and Mechatronics AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
  • Dr. Andreas Kupsch
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Fabien Léonard
    University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schuth
    Hochschule Trier, Germany
  • Prof. PD Dr. habil. Peter Starke
    Hochschule Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Prof. Tadeusz Stepinski
    AGH Cracow/Poland (Acoustic Imaging), Krakow, Poland             
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Trappe
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany     
  • Prof. Frank Walther
    TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany                
  • Dr. Mathias Ziegler
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany