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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). Since 2005, the FAU offers this interdisciplinary elite master’s programme 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 international orientation. The course focuses on the transfer of cutting-edge research into materials and process engineering.

Recognizing that new materials play an increasingly important role in chemical and bioengineering, this elite Master’s Programme combines the disciplines of Materials Science and Engineering with Chemical and Bioengineering. An in-depth knowledge of materials, their structure and properties is of fundamental importance for the optimization of processes in chemical and bioengineering. On the other hand, new materials are no longer manufactured only by classical methods but increasingly use advanced processes from particle technology or biological or chemical engineering. Advanced Materials and Processes underlines the intimate connections between the two classical engineering disciplines and provides the next generation of engineers with a modern, interdisciplinary education.

In this unique interdisciplinary Masters Programme, students follow an individually tailored curriculum to learn in small groups 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 for a career in industry through specialized modules with extra credits.

General Programme Structure

MAP is designed as a 4 semester Master’s programme. The optional Additional qualifications (“Zusatzstudien”) are tailored to provide enhanced competences with a focus on research qualifications or business and industry qualifications.

Semester 1

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 practical courses. In addition, basic classes for all MAP students introduce them to the four focal subjects.

Semester 2

Continuation of basic classes: 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 and field trips provide the opportunity to make contact and gain direct insights into the daily business of organizations operating in the fields of research and industry.

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

The final stage of the MAP programme is a 6-months project, leading to a master 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 Qualifications (“Zusatzstudien”) in Research and Industry.

A new element in the MAP curriculum is the opportunity to graduate with “additional qualifications” (“Zusatzstudien”). Additional qualifications 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. Successful participation in each of these two blocks will be certified on the graduation documents. The 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. Additional world-leading research institutes, amongst them 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 described in-depth study together with their interdisciplinary background provides MAP students with broad career opportunities in industry as well as in academia.

Expected Bachelor
  • Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Life Science Engineering, Nanotechnology, Polymer Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects
  • Degree of Graduation: Master of Science (M.Sc.) “Advanced Materials and Processes”, 4 Semester
Application and Admission
  1. Entry requirement: Bachelor Degree
  2. Applicants should be both, highly motivated to acquire advanced knowledge and skills beyond their bachelor’s, and prepared to integrate topics from other engineering disciplines into their studies. The search for such interdisciplinarily-minded students also has an impact on the MAP application process. MAP looks specifically for applicants explaining how the different subjects offered by the MAP programme correlates with their personal goals for career and life on their given personal background.
  3. English proficiency demonstrated through a high TOEFL (or equivalent) score
  4. Start of studies: winter semester
  5. Application deadline: citizens of non-EU countries: March 31; citizens of EU countries: July 15
  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 e.g. DAAD grants, can be obtained by working as a student research assistant, positions widely available in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • MAP educational grants: Students can apply for support in order to attend external events (language classes, workshops, conferences etc.) which supplement the course's academic and professional training programme.
  • MAP is a highly selective course with a limited class size. With a very low student-to-faculty ratio, MAP students are well-cared for, both academically and pastorally.
  • The MAP programme is academically directed by two programme chairs and representatives of the four focal subjects. MAP is administratively organized by a programme office.
  • The programme office is operating exclusively for MAP. It provides information e.g. on visa procedures, living and studying in Erlangen for international students before coming to Erlangen. For all MAP-students, the office is timetabling lectures, practical courses and soft skills courses, administering exams, issuing transcripts, and providing pastoral advices.

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Studienbeginn und Bewerbungsfristen

Für Masterstudiengänge gibt es unterschiedliche Bewerbungsfristen. Auf dem Merkblatt für die Masterstudiengänge (pdf) sind die Anmeldefristen und weitere Informationen hinterlegt. Hier gibt es weitere Informationen zur Anmeldung zum Masterstudium

Die Webseiten der FAU bieten eine Übersicht über die aktuellen Bewerbungsfristen sowie Informationen zum lokalen Auswahlverfahren und zur Bewerbung.

Application Deadlines for

  • Non-EU Citizens: 31 March
  • EU Citizens: 15 July

Standort / Kartenansicht

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Abschluss: Master of Science (MSc)
Studienart: Master
Standort: Erlangen
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Sprache: Englisch
Zugang: Eignungsfeststellung
Größe: (25-49 Studierende)
Frühstudium: nein
Teilzeitstudium: nein
Fakultät: Technische Fakultät
Elitestudiengang: ja

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