Advanced Materials

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Apr 30, 2024
StudyQA ranking:2073 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate
Master of Materials Science in Advanced Materials focuses on
  • modern, innovative materials with special properties at the atomic/molecular level showing a strong potential towards applications in science, technology, and medicine
  • interdisciplinary education and research combining various topics in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and medical technology

The programme is strongly research oriented and allows you to specialise either in nanomaterials or biomaterials.
This involves
  • hands-on experience in physics, materials science, and molecular biology labs
  • gaining scientific competency and professional skills in modern molecular materials science
  • research experience in material science with an emphasis on emerging properties of nanometrials or the nano/bio interface

Modern nanoscopic materials are expected to influence almost every aspect of our lives ranging from semiconductors to biomedical implants. So be prepared to contribute in shaping the materials of our future!

Educational organisation

We offer an orientation week starting in October each year, including an intercultural introduction to life in Germany and in Ulm.

In a three-semester period, lecture courses, seminars and labs are offered in the fields of physics, biophysics, physical and materials chemistry, engineering science, materials science, nanotechnology, biology and biomaterials in medicine.

The final semester is reserved for the Master's thesis, which is research-oriented and has a duration of six months (full-time).

Study abroad unit(s)

Students may participate in programmes at partner universities.

Forms of assessment

Each lecture course concludes with a written or an oral exam. In some seminars and labs, students are required to give an oral presentation and/or submit a written report. The Master's thesis is evaluated based on performance during the research period, the written thesis and an oral presentation.
Altogether, the programme consists of 90 credit points for coursework and 30 credit points for the Master's thesis (according to ECTS).

Course objectives

"Advanced Materials" is a strongly research-oriented programme. Graduates are well-prepared for work in research and development laboratories in industry or academia focussing on materials science and applications of nano- and biomaterials. Graduates are able to study and work independently and have reached a significant level of intercultural competence.

Language requirements

An internationally recognised certification of English language proficiency is required for all students who are not native speakers of English.
Minimum requirement:
TOEFL (Internet-based): 88
IELTS: 6.5

Academic requirements

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in programmes featuring courses related to materials and materials properties, e.g., chemistry; physics; biology; materials science; and chemical, electrical, and medical engineering.
German students can also apply with a Fachhochschul- or Berufsakademiediplom in one of the above-mentioned subjects.

At least two courses (each three hours per week and semester) in mathematics
At least two courses (each three hours per week and semester) in either physics or chemistry

Good proficiency in English:
Proof of English skills has to be submitted in the form of either
TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), Internet-based (IBT), institution code 8407, minimum score: 88
or IELTS test (International English Language Testing System), minimum score: 6.5
Exemption: native speakers

Enrolment fees

158.50 EUR

Costs of living

Approx. 700 EUR including accommodation, local transport, health insurance, and food

Job opportunities

After the first semester, some student research assistantships are available. In most cases associated with specific research projects, these assistantships are awarded according to personal qualifications of a student. There are also some student jobs available at companies located in the "Science City" adjacent to the university campus.
However, work opportunities must be arranged by students themselves.

Funding opportunities within the university

Excellent students can apply for a scholarship in the last semester while working on their Master's theses.

Arrival support

A pick-up service at the railway station is provided by student assistants.

Services and support for international students

Assistance is provided during the visa application phase, with accommodation arrangements and in administrative matters (bank account, enrolment, health insurance, registration, and residence permit). There are joint social activities, a "Cultural Crossroads" seminar for intercultural learning, German courses, and intensive study guidance counselling.


Accommodation is arranged for students by the "Advanced Materials" office. Most students stay in the university's halls of residence, which have single rooms with shared kitchen, bathroom/WC and modern facilities.
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