The Graduate Survey in figures

Key results of the Master graduates

This page presents key results of the survey of the Master graduates in the winter semester 2022/23. The former students provided information about their professional situation about one and a half years after graduation as well as their retrospective assessment of their degree programme.

The data of the total of 470 answered questionnaires were summarised in the following three subject groups of the TU Darmstadt: Engineering (332 cases), Natural Sciences (93 cases) and Humanities and Social Sciences (45 cases). The following study programmes are included in the analyses:


Dep. 1 Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – Civil Engineering, Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – Mechanical Engineering, Business Information Systems

Dep. 13 Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Sciences, Geodesy and Geoinformation, Traffic and Transport

Dep. 15 Architecture, International Cooperation in Urban Development

Dep. 16 Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering, Paper Science and Technology

Dep. 18 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information and Communication Engineering, Information System Technology

Dep. 20 Autonomous Systems, Computer Science, IT Security, Visual Computing

FoS CE Computational Engineering

FoS M Mechanics

FoS MEC Mechatronics

Natural Sciences

Dep. 4 Mathematics

Dep. 5 Physics

Dep. 7 BME – Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry

Dep. 10 Biology, Technical Biology

Dep. 11 Applied Geosciences, Materials Science, Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – TropHEE

Humanities and Social Sciences

Dep. 2 Applied Linguistics, German Linguistics (Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft), Governance and Public Policy, History, Linguistic and Literary Computing, Philosophy, Sociology, Technology and Philosophy

Dep. 3 Educational Sciences, Psychology, Psychology in IT

The majority of Master graduates in Engineering (89%) and in Natural Sciences (86%) are employed in the private sector. The public sector employs 11% and 14% respectively. 1% of Engineering Master graduates pursue a job in a non-profit organisation.

The picture is different for graduates of the Humanities and Social Sciences: The majority of this group (52%) also work in the private sector, but significantly more have chosen to work in the public sector (39%) or in non-profit organisations (10%).

The question about general job satisfaction shows a positive result among all Master graduates: Over three quarters of all respondents report a (very) high level of job satisfaction (78%). A small proportion (9%) is (very) dissatisfied with their professional situation overall.

Graduates with Engineering and Natural Sciences degrees are (very) satisfied with their professional situation at 79% and 72% respectively. Graduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences show the highest level of job satisfaction (82%).

The majority of Engineering Master graduates rate their professional activities as (very) appropriate with their education (73%). Among Natural Sciences graduates, the proportion is 56%. Graduates with a degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences take the middle position with 68%.




The vast majority (81%) of all Master graduates surveyed state being (very) satisfied with their past studies. 12% take a middle position and 7% report dissatisfaction with their completed studies.

At 81%, the study satisfaction of Engineering graduates is comparable to that of Natural Sciences graduates (83%). A slightly lower, but still high level of satisfaction is found among graduates of the Humanities and Social Sciences (74%).

Faced with the choice again, would the Master graduates choose the same higher education institution and the same degree programme again?

78% of all Master graduates would (very) probably choose the same higher education institution and 75% the same degree programme again. Looking at the results at the level of the three subject groups at TU Darmstadt, all graduates show similar positive patterns for these questions.

Reselection of the same higher education institution




Reselection of the same degree programme




Would you like to know more?

Then take a look at the Master report (opens in new tab) of the survey in the winter semester 2021/22!

The assessments of the Bachelor graduates of their studies and their transition to a Master's programme, as well as information about their professional activities can be found in the Bachelor report (opens in new tab) of the survey in the winter semester 2021/22.