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2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 October 2021
Application deadline: EU Students: 30/09 | Non-EU Students: Applications open again from November 2021
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Program description

Lightweight Engineering

The master's degree in 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 thus enables career paths in vehicle technology, aerospace technology, energy technology, architecture, medical technology or plant engineering and maintenance. 

In all of these future-oriented areas there is a great need for highly trained experts. Students receive the necessary knowledge for this in practice-oriented courses that deal with the drafting, design and implementation of complete, complex systems. A wide variety of modern manufacturing technologies are discussed, including 3D printing. 

From the idea to the prototype, you can follow your own designs and implement them in the Smart Lab. After successfully completing “Lightweight Engineering”, you have a wide range of career opportunities. 

Admission requirements

• completion of a Bachelor of arts/science degree that corresponds to the respective Master's degree program
• completion of an equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or an international post-secondary institution of higher education
• German skills Level B2 CEFR

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Program content

1st Semester

  • Bionic Design
  • Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • Higher Strenght Theory
  • Continuum Mechanics 1
  • Plastics
  • Lightweight Steels
  • Light Metals
  • Methods of Material Selection
  • Simulation of Transient Systems
  • Transient Measuring Systems
  • Language Skills 1

2nd Semester

  • Fracture Mechanics & Fatigue Strenght 1
  • Composite Materials
  • Manufacturing Technologies for Composite Materials
  • Surface Structures
  • Generative Design
  • Constructing with Composite Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics 2
  • Physics and simulation of mass and Heat Transport
  • Simulation of Coupled Systems
  • Simulation of Lightweight Structures
  • Language Skills 2

3rd Semester

  • 3d Printing Technologies: Material and Construction
  • Fracture Mechanics & Fatigue Strenght 2
  • Computational Fluid dynamics
  • Joining Technology for Lightweight Structures
  • Corrosion and Corrosion Protection of Metallic Materials
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Physics of Vibrations
  • Test Bench & Functional Model Construction
  • Simulation of Structural Vibrations
  • Forming Simulation
  • Thermal Management in Construction

4th Semester

  • Master Thesis
  • Master thesis - Seminar
  • Master's Examination

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. For more information, please check the Austrian online database for scholarships at

Tuition fees

Price per semester is EUR 363.36 plus Austrian Student Union Fee around EUR 20 (annual adjustment).


Degree awarded: Master of Science in Engineering

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing 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 manufactured and processed.
  • They know about mathematical, physical, strength-theoretical and constructive methods for the calculation and design of lightweight components.
  • You can design components and joints even with dynamic or vibrating 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 them and optimize them.
  • You analyze and simulate highly dynamic, unsteady processes. 

Career opportunities

With the master’s degree in Lightweight Engineering, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences offers a unique course in Austria that trains students in the future-oriented topic of lightweight construction. Current surveys in the mechanical engineering industry have shown that there is already a shortage of mechanical engineers with knowledge of lightweight construction and that the need for lightweight engineers will continue to increase throughout Austria and internationally in the future. 

The fields of activity of Lightweight Engineering graduates include:

  • Construction and simulation
  • Trial and testing activities
  • Research and development activities
  • Management and leadership roles

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Europastraße 4
9524 Villach

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