Professional career

In which fields do Master’s graduates start their professional career?

When looking at their current country of residence, there are clear differences regarding our MSc graduates’ national origin (graduation at German vs. non-German universities).  However, there are no significant differences between the two groups as regards employers and employment sectors.

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Country of residence

The places where graduates start into their professional careers extend from local regions (Rhine-Neckar region) over Germany nationwide and into other European countries as well as the USA and Japan.

As for the German graduates from universities, about 10% have benefitted from their international MSc Degree and have taken up employment abroad, while the majority of 90% have found employment here in Germany, often with international contacts.

International graduates often endeavour to find their first – even if only temporary – employment at German companies with a global reach. In this way they can gain extensive job experience with the prospect of moving to leading positions either at subsidiaries of their German employer or at new companies in their home countries.

About two thirds of international graduates have so far found employment in Germany, whereas roughly 30% returned to their country of origin right after finishing their studies. The remaining 7% of graduates have found employment in a third country.


With a percentage of 75%, German companies, located either here or abroad, remain the most important employers for both groups of graduates, e.g. ABB, Audi, BASF, BMW, Bopp+Reuther, Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, Freudenberg, John Deere, Pepperl+Fuchs, Roche, SAP, Siemens, T-Systems, Vodafone, and others.

Also renowned non-German employers, such as EADS Paris or Philips, have selected our Master graduates.

Further important potential employers are the various research institutions, for example: the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI), the German Cancer Research Centre (= Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), the European Media Laboratory (EML), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Besides research projects, universities in and outside Germany offer the possibility of doing the doctor’s degree (approx. 12%).

Several international MSc graduates today work as lecturers at their original home university.

Employment sectors

Correspondingly, the major field of activity that graduates have so far been aiming at is in Research and Development, whereas relatively few graduates have taken up tasks in  Management or in Distribution.

The reason for this is directly related to the application-oriented structure of the Master programme. Nonetheless, in spite of this orientation towards the R&D sector, about 12% of our graduates have had the chance to do their PhD at German or international universities due to their excellent Master degree. Others have chosen teaching at vocational schools or at universities.

There are even some graduates who have started up their own businesses, partly supported by the department, in high-tech areas in Germany and internationally.