Master in Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (AMIR)


Program Description

This international Master program offers a high-level, interdisciplinary academic program focusing on the raw material value chain with particular emphasis on recycling.

Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation:
    • France: University of Bordeaux (UBx)
    • Belgium: University of Liege (ULg)
    • Germany: Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)
    • Spain: Technical University of Madrid (UPM)
    • Portugal: NOVA University Lisbon
    • Hungary: University of Miskolc
  • Industrial partners:
    • France: Arkema
    • Belgium: ArcelorMittal
    • Germany: Veolia
  • Research and Technological Organization partners:
    • France: CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
    • Belgium: CRM Group (Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques)
    • Germany: Fraunhofer Society
    • Spain: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); Tecnalia
  • Admission requirements: Hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Environmental Sciences with advanced knowledge in Chemistry (minimum 3 years of study / 180 ECTS), or a Bachelors's degree in Chemistry, Physical-Chemistry, Materials (or Matter) Sciences.
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements: This Master's program is taught entirely in English. Students must possess a good level (level B2 according to CEFR) of English.
  • Level: Master of Science in Chemistry (specialization in Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling).
  • Tuition fees:
    • 2,000€ per year for EU students, 4,000€ per year for non-EU students
  • Scholarships:
    • EIT label scholarships of 9,000€ in total for all selected students as well as EIT travel and installation grants of up to 4,500€.
    • University of Bordeaux grants for three students based on M1 results (750€ per month, during their M2 and 750€ travel bonus for non-EU students).
    • Note: incentives are proposed to industries that offer high-quality internships (Master thesis). This represents fellowships of at least 500€ per month, per student.

Program outline

The AMIR Master program focuses on the raw material value chain, with particular emphasis on recycling. The two main objectives are:

  • Educate students to become highly-skilled European professionals with expertise in various types of materials. This expertise will enable them to develop, at a large and ambitious scale, new methods for material recycling. In addition, the AMIR program includes classes on transferable skills such as innovation, ethics, intellectual property, life cycle assessment, sustainability, and advanced research strategies.
  • Develop a deep entrepreneurship mindset with the help and expertise of associated businesses, incubators and innovation services as well as a large panel of industries.


Students choose to spend their first year at either the University of Bordeaux or NOVA University of Lisbon and then choose their second-year destination at the beginning of their 2nd semester.

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Program structure

Semesters 1 and 2

The first year of the Master's program takes place at the University of Bordeaux in partnership with the research and technology organization, Tecnalia. Students learn about general and technical aspects of the raw material value chain (general chemistry, material science, lifecycle of materials) as well as about the main outcomes of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): sustainability, intellectual transformation, value judgments (ethical, scientific and sustainability challenges), creativity, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Semesters 3 and 4

The third semester (Master 2) is dedicated to a specialization in one of the partner universities. This part of the program offers the possibility to follow selected advanced materials classes for various applications (energy, e-mobility - magnets, transport, environments - catalysis, etc.).

The specializations are:

  • Darmstadt: a material design for recycling
  • Liege: metallurgy and metals recycling
  • Madrid: mineral recycling for construction and other sectors

The program is completed with a three to six months’ internship (Master thesis).

Strengths of this Master's program?

  • AMIR graduates are international entrepreneurs and innovators, able to work anywhere in Europe and beyond.
  • High-level education and research environment.
  • Practical insights with advanced research labs.
  • High-quality internships.
  • Mandatory international and intersectoral mobility.
  • Supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and the International Master program of the Bordeaux “Initiative of Excellence” (IdEx).

After this Master's program?

The AMIR program benefits from a strong academic, research and industrial network.

After graduation, students are fully prepared to integrate the working environment as professionals in the recycling sector (process optimization, materials design, plant administration, project management, etc.) whether it be in the industrial field or governmental organizations. Possible sectors include information and communication technologies, building construction, energy, machinery tools, mobility.

Graduates also obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to set up their own company or work in sales and marketing.

Finally, further doctoral studies are another possibility and students may apply for Ph.D. programs in Europe, including those offered in the framework of the European Multifunctional Materials Institute.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, i ... Read More

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, it was awarded the “Initiative of Excellence” by the French government in 2011. Read less
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