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- 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.
- 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 organisationWe 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 assessmentEach 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 requirementsAn internationally recognised certification of English language proficiency is required for all students who are not native speakers of English.
TOEFL (Internet-based): 88
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 fees158.50 EUR
Costs of livingApprox. 700 EUR including accommodation, local transport, health insurance, and food
Job opportunitiesAfter 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.