Acoustics and Technology of Musical Instrument Making (Masters)

Our Master’s degree programme is aimed at all musical instrument makers who hold a Bachelor degree in Musical Instrument Making or who are a certified master craftsperson or a graduate from a related programme. This MA is also suitable for postgraduate students from various technical degrees such as media technology, electrical engineering, acoustics, audio engineering or mechanical engineering.

Our Master’s programme combines musical acoustics with modern technology through the use and analysis of lightweight design, alternative materials and reverse engineering technology.  Students will also examine business models for small and medium sized companies as well as the methodology of academic research and dissertation writing.

Alongside the compulsory modules, the following options are offered: acoustic sound technology; specialised restoration techniques; historical instrument making including the technologies used.

degreeMaster of Engineering (M. Eng.)
type of programmefull-time programme
semester startwinter semester
no. of semester / ECTS-Credits2 semesters / 60 ECTS
admission requirements
  • A degree in the field of musical instrument making or a Masters degree or a German Diplom in a comparable subject area, with at least 240 ECTS points.
  • Applicants who have achieved a degree with fewer than 210 ECTS points are able to take a preliminary semester to obtain the necessary 30 ECTS points.
  • Applicants with an international qualification have to show proof of language skills in both written and spoken German at a B2 Level according to Common European Framework of Reference of Languages. In cases of uncertainty the examination office of the design department will decide on the basis of the documents submitted or a language assessment.
admission restrictionaptitude test required
tuition fees no tuition fees / semester fee only
course languageGerman


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Our Master’s degree is divided into two semesters. Courses and lectures are the main focus of the first semester and take place in Markneukirchen and Zwickau. The second semester is primarily dedicated to the Master’s thesis and may be completed off campus. Students enrolled in a seven-semester Bachelor’s degree program will have the option of taking one preparatory semester to acquire the necessary ECTS credits for admission to the Master’s programme.

Our graduates are prepared for leading management positions in musical instrument businesses. They are also skilled at planning and implementing research projects, as well as designing products and then initiating, coordinating and organizing their production. Other options include careers in research and development in companies, institutes and other organizations.

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International full-time students

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Postal address
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International Office
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08056 Zwickau

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