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Advanced Materials and Processes (MSc)

What is Advanced Materials and Processes?

Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is an unparalleled, international, English-taught programme leading to a Master of Science. MAP is supported and evaluated by the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB). FAU established this elite interdisciplinary Master's degree programme in 2005 in cooperation with its partner universities in Bayreuth and Würzburg.

MAP offers talented students with an interest in engineering an interdisciplinary Master's degree course with an international outlook. The programme focuses on transferring cutting-edge research to materials and process engineering.

Recognising that new materials play an increasingly important role in chemical and biological engineering, this elite Master’s programme combines the disciplines of materials science and engineering with chemical engineering and biological engineering. An in-depth knowledge of materials, their structure and properties is of fundamental importance for optimising processes in chemical and biological engineering. However, new materials are no longer manufactured using only classical methods but increasingly involve advanced processes from particle technology or biological or chemical engineering. Advanced Materials and Processes underlines the intricate connections between the two classical engineering disciplines and provides the next generation of engineers with a modern, interdisciplinary education.

In this unique interdisciplinary Master's programme, small groups of students follow an individually tailored curriculum to learn the fundamentals of chemical and biological engineering and/or materials science and engineering. Four focal subjects (Advanced Processes, Biomaterials and Bioprocessing, Computational Materials Science and Process Simulation, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology) further allow the students to deepen their knowledge in key technological areas. Students can gain additional qualifications for an academic career or a career in industry by taking specialisation modules with extra credits.

Degree programme structure

MAP is designed as a 4-semester Master's degree programme. The additional specialisations are designed to provide advanced competences with a focus on research qualifications or business and industry qualifications.

1st semester

Interdisciplinary foundation: depending on their backgrounds, students learn the fundamentals of materials science and engineering and/or chemical and biological engineering in an individually tailored curriculum, including lab courses. In addition, basic modules for all MAP students introduce them to the four focal subjects.

2nd semester

Continuation of basic modules. In addition, students focus on two of the four focal subjects. MAP soft skills courses strengthen the interpersonal, communication, business and management skills of our students. Field trips provide an opportunity to make contact and gain direct insights into the daily business of organisations operating in the fields of research and industry.

3rd semester

Further modules in the students' chosen focal subjects. Students also enter the research labs for the first time for their mini-project. Mini-projects are highly popular among students and are a trademark of the MAP programme. They offer students the chance to get involved in cutting-edge science at FAU at an early stage. In another series of modules, students learn the basic principles of finding and managing scientific literature, scientific writing as well as effective scientific communication with posters. The remaining time in the semester is reserved for developing soft skills.

4th semester

The final stage of the MAP programme is a 6-month project leading to the Master's thesis. This independent research project is carried out at a participating institute of MAP or, in occasional cases, at an institute within the immediate MAP environment.

Additional specialisations in research and industry

A new element in the MAP curriculum is the opportunity to graduate with additional qualifications. Additional qualifications are defined combinations of lectures, soft skills, practical modules and an internship that are tailored to provide enhanced skills with a focus on research qualifications or business and industry qualifications. Successful participation in each of these two blocks will be certified on the final academic record. Participation in additional qualifications is optional.

Why should you choose MAP?

A particular strength of the programme is the strong link with the Cluster of Excellence 'Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM)' and its graduate school, of which MAP students are junior members. Other world leading research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB), the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light are also involved in MAP. The in-depth level of study and interdisciplinary nature of the degree programme provide MAP students with a wide range of career opportunities in industry and academia.

Expected bachelor
  • Subjects: materials science and engineering, chemical and biological engineering, life science engineering, nanotechnology, polymer engineering, chemistry, physics or a related subject
  • Degree title: Master of Science (MSc) Advanced Materials and Processes, 4 semesters
Application and admission
  1. Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree
  2. Applicants should be highly motivated to acquire advanced knowledge and skills beyond their Bachelor's degree. They should also be prepared to integrate topics from other engineering disciplines into their studies. The search for such students with an interdisciplinary mindset also has an impact on the MAP application process. MAP specifically gives priority to applicants who can demonstrate how the different subjects offered by the MAP programme correlate with their personal career and development goals in light of their particular background.
  3. English proficiency demonstrated through a high TOEFL (or equivalent) score
  4. Start of studies: winter semester
  5. Application deadline: Application deadline: June 1. Non-EU citizens are encouraged to submit their applications until 31 March, to have sufficient time for their visa applications.
  6. Detailed information about the application procedure can be found on the website
  • We are now 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.
  • MAP educational grants: Students can apply for support 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 pastorally.
  • 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, administers exams, issues transcripts and provides personal support for all MAP students.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines
Application deadline: June 1. 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
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