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The curriculum is divided into a general mandatory part and an elective part focusing on
either chemistry or mineralogy. The mandatory part (42 CP) includes lectures and exercises in the fields of mineralogy, crystallography, chemistry (solid state and surfaces) and materials science, and a broad education in analytical methods. In the elective part (48 CP), special topics and skills in the field of materials chemistry or mineralogy are covered.
The interdisciplinary study programme is offered in cooperation with the Departments of Geosciences and Chemistry with strong contributions from the Engineering and Physics Department and the University of Applied Sciences.
Educational organisationDuring the first semester, fundamentals of all core subjects are presented in lectures and accompanying exercises, including mineralogy, crystallography, chemistry and materials science. In addition, a two-semester training course on a number of analytical methods starts and is continued in the second semester. Here, the two-semester profile section starts which comprises 48 CP. Within one profile 30-42 CP are to be accumulated while six to 18 CP are to be selected from the second profile. The General Studies module is dedicated to an elective course from the university's programme and a programming course.
Once the profile has been fixed, it means a commitment to the chosen research module. It is dedicated to the development and presentation of research projects and prepares the students for their Master's thesis. The fourth semester is reserved for thesis work, which has to be defended in a colloquium. Teaching units are predominantly scheduled as weekly assignments throughout an academic semester (October to February, April to July).
Short field excursions (depending on the selected elective modules), lab work, or special projects may be scheduled as blocks assigned to a few weeks within a semester break.
Study abroad unit(s)No compulsory study abroad units
Exchange studies at nine partner universities within the ERASMUS+ framework are supported.
Forms of assessmentExaminations are taken as written tests, oral examinations, seminar papers, presentations, project works (with reports and colloquia), processing of exercises, homework or field course reports. Form, deadlines, and extent of examinations will be specified by the lecturer at the beginning of each course.
Course objectivesGraduates are well prepared for job opportunities in materials-oriented industries such as glass, ceramics, refractories, paper, dye, pharmaceuticals, gemstones and building materials or in materials-dependent fields such as biomineralisation, dentistry, electronics, energy supply and storage, and crystal growth.
Recycling, waste management and remediation industries as well as materials research at universities and other research institutes and knowledge-based work in quality management, patent systems, environmental authorities, education and consulting offer career prospects as well.
Language requirementsEnglish: Internationally recognised proficiency test, level C1 according to the European framework, e.g. TOEFL (IBT 90 pts), IELTS Band 6.5
- Explicit interest in natural sciences and materials, their use, characterisation and development
- Bachelor of Science (or a comparable qualification) in a field in natural science with a specialisation in chemistry, crystallography, materials science, or mineralogy
- at least 10 ECTS credit points or an equivalent amount of courses of the curriculum in mathematics, physics, and chemistry (each)
- at least 24 ECTS credit points or an equivalent amount of courses of the curriculum in mineralogy, crystallography, materials science, and/or in chemistry
- very good command of the English language (internationally recognised English proficiency test for non-native speakers, level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
- ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- intercultural competence
Enrolment feesSemester fee of approx. 280 EUR per semester (incl. ticket for public transportation)
Costs of livingApprox. 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses
Job opportunitiesWell-qualified students may find a job as a student assistant in one of the working groups at the involved departments. Access is limited and by no means guaranteed, and the salary is not sufficient to cover living expenses.
Arrival supportNewcomer service: transfer from airport/central station to accommodation; help with formalities regarding enrolment, health insurance, registration, visa; campus guidance; social activities; language course "Survival German"
Services and support for international studentsSupervision and mentoring by course coordinators and additionally by specially trained staff within the "kompass" programme* for international students
*DAAD "Best Practice"