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Advanced Materials and Processes (MSc)

What is Advanced Materials and Processes?

Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is a combination of Materials Science and Engineering with Chemical and Biological Engineering. These disciplines play a key role in the development of novel technologies – without the development of new materials, a great range of key inventions from digital computers or jet engines to customized medical implants would not have been possible. Novel materials with new functionalities or improved properties, however, require specifically designed, economically and environmentally sustainable production processes – which might themselves depend on the development of new catalyst materials.

This intimate connection between processes and materials is of key importance for advances and innovations in virtually any field of technology. Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering are thus highly intertwined fields, which are, however, treated as separate subjects in traditional education.

MAP is an English-taught interdisciplinary Master’s Programme and provides a unique curriculum for the next generation of engineers. Students follow an individually tailored curriculum to learn in small groups the fundamentals of Chemical and Biological Engineering and/or Materials science and Engineering, and four focal subjects allow the students to further deepen their knowledge in key technological areas.

MAP is a highly-selective, accredited 2-year Master’s Programme and is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB).

Degree programme structure

The programme structure combines the core attributes of MAP with a streamlined and optimized module structure. A special element in the MAP curriculum is the opportunity to graduate with “additional qualifications” (“Zusatzstudien”). These optional courses provide students with certified additional competence and skill sets with a focus on scientific research or for a career in business and industry.

MAP is designed as a 4 semester Master’s programme with the following general structure:

Additional qualifications (“Zusatzstudien”) are defined combinations of lectures, soft skills, practical courses and an internship that are tailored to provide enhanced competences with a focus on research qualifications or business and industry qualifications. Each of these two blocks consists of courses with a total of 30 ECTS points and successful participation will be certified on the graduation documents. The participation in additional qualifications is optional.

The content of each semester and many specific elements of the curriculum are described in detail on the MAP website.

Why should you choose MAP?

The MAP programme is characterized by a very low student-to-faculty ratio, early involvement in cutting-edge research through miniprojects and literature reviews, special events like summer schools and workshops (including events organized by the ENB), the availability of educational grants and personal support from the MAP programme office and the programme chairs. Students follow an individually tailored curriculum in small groups and can furthermore gain additional qualifications for an academic career or for a career in industry through specialized modules with extra credits. A high percentage of our graduates continue to pursue a PhD, but MAP graduates are also highly sought after by industry, with typical destinations including the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, food technology, health and safety and pharmaceutical sectors.

MAP is embedded in the Faculty of Engineering of the FAU and is greatly enriched by the direct involvement of the partner universities of Bayreuth and Würzburg. Local research centres such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB), the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, the Helmholtz Institute for Renewable Energy Production (HI-ERN), the Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP), the Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH (NMF), the Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center (ECRC), and Energy Campus Nürnberg complement the unique research environment in materials and processes.

Expected bachelor

Applicants are required to have an excellent Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related subjects. German applicants should have an overall Bachelor’s grade of 2.2 or better. International applicants coming from different grading systems need a mark equivalent to “good” in their undergraduate degree.

Application and Admission

MAP applicants are performance oriented, eager for knowledge, hardworking and diligent. Our students show strong motivation for interdisciplinary studies with a high level of interest in cutting-edge research topics relating to some or all of the MAP focal subjects. They demonstrate English proficiency through a high TOEFL (or equivalent) score.

Detailed information about the application procedure can be found on the MAP website. The programme starts annually in the winter semester.

  • We are able to award a limited number of merit-based MAP scholarships. Further financial support, in addition to grants from organisations such as DAAD, can be obtained by working as a student research assistant. There are many such positions available at the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Students can apply for MAP educational grants in order to attend external events (language classes, workshops, conferences, etc.) which are relevant to the degree programme.
  • MAP is a highly selective degree programme with a limited class size. With a very low student-to-faculty ratio, MAP students are well-cared for, both academically and personally.
  • The content of the MAP degree programme is organised by two professors and representatives of the four focal subjects. MAP is administratively organised by a programme office that is exclusively dedicated to the degree programme. Information for international students on a variety of topics, such as visa procedures and living and studying in Erlangen, is provided by the MAP office before they arrive. The MAP office also timetables lectures, practical modules and soft skills modules, and provides personal support for all MAP students.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines
We receive applications between the opening of the application portal campo at the end of January / beginning of February and 1 June. Non-EU citizens are encouraged to submit their applications until 31 March, to have sufficient time for their visa applications.
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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: English
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Elite degree programme: yes