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International Master's in Materials Science

Materials Science at the University of Augsburg is an interdisciplinary tuition-free study programme connecting several aspects of physics, chemistry, and methods for characterisation and processing of materials.

Degree Details

Materials Science at the University of Augsburg is an interdisciplinary tuition-free study programme connecting several aspects of physics, chemistry, and methods for characterisation and processing of materials. The Master's programme in Materials Science deepens the scientific expertise of your previous education. It aims at understanding material properties and interactions between materials with particular regard to application-oriented research in science and technology. At the University of Augsburg, we put a strong emphasis on natural sciences (rather than mechanical engineering) in materials science, aiming to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the chemical, physical, and functional properties of materials.
The International Master's in Materials Science is a full-time programme intended to be completed in four semesters (120 ECTS). Building on experience from the Bachelor's level, knowledge of materials science is deepened and enhanced, finishing with the completion of a Master's thesis and an associated thesis defence. All classes are taught entirely in English. Knowledge of German is not required. However, the university offers free German language courses.
The Materials Science programme offers students a broad variety of elective courses in fields such as spintronics, porous or optical materials, low temperature physics, nanostructures, and many more. Furthermore, through methods courses, your theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical lab experience using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the fields of materials science & engineering, physics, or chemistry. A degree in a related discipline might be deemed equivalent by the examination board. All applicants must submit proof of having obtained at least 16 ECTS credits in each of the following subjects: (1) materials science, (2) physics, (3) chemistry.

Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of knowledge of English corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Currently, equivalences to B2 in terms of internationally recognised test methods (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) are as follows:

TOEFL (paper-based) score of at least 550
TOEFL (computer-based) score of at least 213
TOEFL (Internet-based) score of at least 80
IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 6.5 (out of 9)

Semester one:
Introduction to Materials (seminar)
Lectures:

  • Materials Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics 1 OR Surfaces & Interfaces
  • Method Course 1

Semester two:
Four lectures selected from one of the following three thematic blocks:
Block A - Physics of Materials

  • Magnetism
  • Physics & Technology of Semiconductor Devices
  • Biophysics & Biomaterials
  • Nanostructures & Nanophysics
  • Physics of Cells
  • Superconductivity
  • Optical Excitations in Materials
  • Dielectric Materials

Block B - Chemistry of Materials

  • Chemical Physics 2
  • Coordination Materials
  • Advanced Solid State Materials
  • Novel Methods in Solid State NMR Spectroscopy
  • Advanced X-ray and Neutron Diffraction Techniques
  • Porous Functional Materials
  • Oxidation and Corrosion

Block C - Engineering of Materials

  • Functional Polymers
  • Fibre-Reinforced Composites: Processing and Materials Properties
  • Characterisation of Composite Materials
  • Modern Metallic Materials
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Surfaces and Interfaces II: Joining Processes
  • Mechanical Characterisation of Materials

Method Course 2

Semester three:
Specialisation:
Three lectures to be selected either from Block A-C, or from the following (incomplete) list of elective lectures:

  • Low Temperature Physics
  • 2D Materials
  • Organic Semiconductors
  • Solid State Spectroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons
  • Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Physics of Thin Films
  • Theoretical Concepts and Simulation

Laboratory project:
Project to be completed in one of the research groups.

Semester four:
Master's thesis in one of the research laboratories at the Institute of Physics or in industry

How To Apply

University of Augsburg

Complete your details and we'll make sure your inquiry is sent to the University of Augsburg which will contact you to discuss this degree. For more details, feel free to contact one of the educational consultants at EDVISE HUB Click Here To Book Your Session

Degree Details

Materials Science at the University of Augsburg is an interdisciplinary tuition-free study programme connecting several aspects of physics, chemistry, and methods for characterisation and processing of materials. The Master's programme in Materials Science deepens the scientific expertise of your previous education. It aims at understanding material properties and interactions between materials with particular regard to application-oriented research in science and technology. At the University of Augsburg, we put a strong emphasis on natural sciences (rather than mechanical engineering) in materials science, aiming to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the chemical, physical, and functional properties of materials.
The International Master's in Materials Science is a full-time programme intended to be completed in four semesters (120 ECTS). Building on experience from the Bachelor's level, knowledge of materials science is deepened and enhanced, finishing with the completion of a Master's thesis and an associated thesis defence. All classes are taught entirely in English. Knowledge of German is not required. However, the university offers free German language courses.
The Materials Science programme offers students a broad variety of elective courses in fields such as spintronics, porous or optical materials, low temperature physics, nanostructures, and many more. Furthermore, through methods courses, your theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical lab experience using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the fields of materials science & engineering, physics, or chemistry. A degree in a related discipline might be deemed equivalent by the examination board. All applicants must submit proof of having obtained at least 16 ECTS credits in each of the following subjects: (1) materials science, (2) physics, (3) chemistry.

Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of knowledge of English corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Currently, equivalences to B2 in terms of internationally recognised test methods (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) are as follows:

TOEFL (paper-based) score of at least 550
TOEFL (computer-based) score of at least 213
TOEFL (Internet-based) score of at least 80
IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 6.5 (out of 9)

Semester one:
Introduction to Materials (seminar)
Lectures:

  • Materials Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics 1 OR Surfaces & Interfaces
  • Method Course 1

Semester two:
Four lectures selected from one of the following three thematic blocks:
Block A - Physics of Materials

  • Magnetism
  • Physics & Technology of Semiconductor Devices
  • Biophysics & Biomaterials
  • Nanostructures & Nanophysics
  • Physics of Cells
  • Superconductivity
  • Optical Excitations in Materials
  • Dielectric Materials

Block B - Chemistry of Materials

  • Chemical Physics 2
  • Coordination Materials
  • Advanced Solid State Materials
  • Novel Methods in Solid State NMR Spectroscopy
  • Advanced X-ray and Neutron Diffraction Techniques
  • Porous Functional Materials
  • Oxidation and Corrosion

Block C - Engineering of Materials

  • Functional Polymers
  • Fibre-Reinforced Composites: Processing and Materials Properties
  • Characterisation of Composite Materials
  • Modern Metallic Materials
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Surfaces and Interfaces II: Joining Processes
  • Mechanical Characterisation of Materials

Method Course 2

Semester three:
Specialisation:
Three lectures to be selected either from Block A-C, or from the following (incomplete) list of elective lectures:

  • Low Temperature Physics
  • 2D Materials
  • Organic Semiconductors
  • Solid State Spectroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons
  • Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Physics of Thin Films
  • Theoretical Concepts and Simulation

Laboratory project:
Project to be completed in one of the research groups.

Semester four:
Master's thesis in one of the research laboratories at the Institute of Physics or in industry

How To Apply

University Of Augsburg

Complete your details and we'll make sure your inquiry is sent to the University of Augsburg which will contact you to discuss this degree. For more details, feel free to contact one of the educational consultants at EDVISE HUB Click Here To Book Your Session

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Location: Germany

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