Approximately half of all graduates earn a PhD. In total, approx. 58% wind up in industry (PhD or not), approx. 29% remain in public research and the remainder go into government agencies, publishing companies, engineering offices service providers or self-employment.
Approximately half of all Masters of Science in Materials Science students earn their PhD and thereby specialize themselves in academic working techniques. Compared to many other subjects, earning a PhD is not mandatory in Materials Science: The employment prospects within industry are not any lower without a PhD title. Should you be striving for an academic career path though, then earning a PhD is a necessity. The strong academic environment in Stuttgart makes for relatively favorable conditions to earn a PhD as well as an academic career path.