Materials Science at Augsburg University is an interdisciplinary tuition-free study program connecting several aspects of physics, chemistry, and methods for characterization and processing of materials. The Master program 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. In 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 in Materials Science is a full-time program and intended to be completed in four semesters (120 ECTS credits). Building on experience from the Bachelor’s level, knowledge of materials science is deepened and enhanced, finishing with the completion of a Master thesis and an associated thesis defense. All classes are taught entirely in the English language. Knowledge of German is not required, however, the university offers free German language courses.

The Materials Science program offers students a broad variety of elective courses to specialize in fields like spintronics, porous or optical materials, low-temperature physics, nanostructures, and many more. Furthermore, through method courses, your theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical lab experience using state of the art research facilities.

Augsburg is a lively university town with about 25.000 students out of 270.000 inhabitants. It is located in Southern Bavaria, one of the federal states of Germany, at about 60 km from the city of Munich and about 100 km from the Alps. The city of Augsburg offers a long cultural history dating back to the first Roman settlements more than 2000 years ago and is located between two rivers, Lech and Wertach, providing plenty of recreational green areas with forests, hills, and freshwater lakes.

What scientific background do you expect?

For admission to the Master program in Materials Science, a Bachelor’s degree in the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, or materials science and engineering are required. A degree in a related discipline might be deemed equivalent by the examination board, subject to evaluation of the documents submitted by the applicant. All applicants have to submit proof of having obtained at least an equivalent of 16 ECTS credits in each of the following subjects: (1) Materials Science, (2) Physics, (3) Chemistry.

The following list gives an overview of the curriculum of your fellow students who graduated from Augsburg University:

Materials Science (42 CP)

Introductory knowledge of all classes of materials: e.g. crystal structure, thermodynamics, properties and defects, solid state analytics

Physics (54 CP)

Experimental Physics (Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics), Theoretical Physics (Basic Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics)

Chemistry (44 CP)

General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry, Chemical Lab Practice

Mathematics (16 CP)

Linear Algebra, Fundamental Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Analysis

Your background will be compared with this list.

Which level in English is required and which certificates do you accept?

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of having obtained level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Currently, accepted equivalences to B2 in terms of internationally recognized test methods (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) are as follows:

  • TOEFL TOEFL (paper-based) score of at least 550 or

  • TOEFL TOEFL (computer-based) score of at least 213 or

  • TOEFL TOEFL (internet-based) score of at least 80 or

  • IELTS-Overall Band Score of at least 6.5 (out of 9)

These limits are strict!

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