Creating metals. Creating values.
Have you used your mobile phone, had a sip from a can or ridden your bike today? Then welcome to the world of metallurgy!
Metals are everywhere in your day-to-day life. The study programme Metallurgy is therefore a very versatile and substantial one: the main areas are the production, the treatment and the development of metal-based materials. Aside from the process chain - from the natural resources to the product - metallurgy students of Montanuniversität Leoben also take aspects of profitability, materials engineering as well as sustainability and environmental protection into account.
What skills and interests do I need?
Metallurgists are literally bursting with creativity. They design products and find innovative solutions to make production processes both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. Additionally, a fascination for technology and the natural sciences – especially mathematics and chemistry – and a passion for analytical thinking and interdisciplinary thinking are important. The most important qualities for future metallurgists are curiosity and enthusiasm to learn new things and the aptitude to use the acquired competences in a practical way.
What can I expect during my studies?
During the bachelor's programme, you will study the basic principles in the natural sciences, which are very important for engineers, as well as the basics in metallurgy. Aside from the different procedures to produce different metals, a core focus of your studies will be the most important theories, methods and processes of metallurgy.
The interdisciplinary exchange with your colleagues and representatives from other study programmes we offer in Leoben is very important. Therefore, you have the opportunity to not only learn something about your field, but also gain experience in other fields of engineering.
Students need to complete a compulsory internship in the metallurgical industry, for example in cooperation with various partner companies in your home country or abroad.
To finalize the bachelor's programme, you have to submit a bachelor's thesis to proof your ability to work in an academic way.
What can I expect after my studies?
Typical activities range from the development of new procedures, materials and products to the planning of production plants or the optimisation of business or energy processes. Leoben graduates are in demand all over the world in both management and research. The course is unique in Austria, which makes graduates highly sought after in industry and business.