The English taught NDT Master Course run since 2013 at Dresden International University (DIU) the privatised subsidiary for advanced studies of Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) has started this year with 28 new students originating from countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Korea. This is possibly the biggest number of intakes ever such a course has achieved and it has nearly reached the upper limit of a DIU class size of 30 students.
After a year of intense studies of the physical fundamentals as well as the theoretical background of the different acoustics, electromagnetics and optics based NDT techniques the students take part in the accredited DGZfP BC course in their second year before moving into a research placement for 3 months followed by a master thesis lasting around 6 months. The BC course allows the student to move later straight to a Level 3 in an NDT technique of choice. The research placement as well as the master thesis are due to be run outside DIU with either an academic or an industrial organisation provided the organisation can offer a research topic of adequate high scientific value. Collaborations between academia and industries are possible.