Materials Chemistry and Mineralogy is an international postgraduate study programme covering application and research related topics ranging from raw materials to industrial products.
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.