Master in Advanced Materials: Innovative Recycling


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Program Description

About AMIR

The AMIR Master programme in Advanced Materials: Innovative Recycling focuses on the raw materials value chain, with particular emphasis on recycling. The programme integrates deep technical knowledge on materials recycling with high-level training on entrepreneurship and innovation, giving students the skills that they need to become game-changers in the recycling sector. As an EIT-Labelled master programme, AMIR is designed and delivered by a consortium of top EU universities in the field of raw materials. AMIR students study in two different European countries as part of their training, and receive a range of benefits including summer schools, networking events and financial support from EIT RawMaterials. All teaching and assessment is undertaken in English.

AMIR students benefit from a high-level education and research environment including access to advanced research laboratories. High-quality internships, together with mandatory international and intersectoral mobility, ensure that students gain the practical experience and skills necessary to make a difference as a recycling professional.

Programme structure

The first year of the Master program takes place at the University of Bordeaux in France, or at NOVA University Lisbon in Portugal. Students learn about general and technical aspects of the raw materials value chain (general chemistry, material science, the lifecycle of materials), as well as about the main learning outcomes expected from an EIT-Labelled programme: sustainability, intellectual transformation, value judgments (ethical, scientific and sustainability challenges), creativity, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

The second year takes place at one of the other partner universities, allowing students to gain specialist knowledge in their area of interest. This is followed by an industrial internship and completion of the Master thesis.

Participating Universities

  • University of Bordeaux (France)
  • NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal)
  • TU Darmstadt (Germany)
  • University of Liège (Belgium)
  • Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain)
  • University of Miskolc (Hungary)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training

As an EIT-Labelled programme, the AMIR Master integrates high-level training on entrepreneurship and innovation into its curriculum, giving students the skills that they need to become game-changers in the recycling sector.

  • During year 1, the Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship module focuses on market/customer orientation and cooperation with stakeholders. You will learn to develop and apply Customer/User focus thinking as well as how to identify and cooperate with stakeholders. The objective is to train the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, able to create innovative projects, understand problems, detect needs and devise solutions.
  • The University of Bordeaux works closely with the incubator ‘IRA’ and with the technology transfer organization ‘AST’. These are open to AMIR students and interact closely with the university’s laboratories, in which all AMIR students spend 8 weeks during internships.
  • Industrial seminars allow AMIR students to learn directly from some of the most important industries in the sector. For example, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission; ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer and one of the main actors in metal recycling; and Veolia, a world leader in water, waste and energy management.
  • Industry internships give AMIR students up to six months of experience with an industrial or research partner, gaining extensive real-life experience in research or industry. Partners include Arkema, ArcelorMittal, Veolia, and Fraunhofer, ensuring that students gain the top-level experience necessary for success in finding employment or becoming an entrepreneur on completion of their studies.

Professional profiles after graduation

"I chose the study the AMIR master to broaden the scope of my studies into Chemistry which allows me to have an understanding of how materials can be manipulated for the benefit of society. Upon graduation I aim to use my chemical and physical matter knowledge to begin a career in sustainability R&D." - Ben, AMIR student from the UK.

Are you a student who is:

  • Interested in the full value chain of raw materials?
  • Keen to make a difference in confronting the challenges surrounding waste, and to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to these challenges?
  • Motivated to spend time working with top companies and research organizations in the recycling sector?
  • Driven to become an entrepreneur or intrapreneur who makes innovation happen?

Then the AMIR programme could be for you!

Graduates of the AMIR program will be fully equipped to take on professional roles in the recycling sector:

  • Process optimization
  • Materials design
  • Plant administration
  • Project administration

Furthermore, the skills gained are widely required across sectors, including information and communication technologies, building construction, energy, machinery tools, and mobility. Graduates also obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to set up their own company or work in sales and marketing.

Finally, doctoral studies are another possibility, and graduates of the AMIR program will be fully equipped to enter Ph.D. programs in the recycling sector to pursue engineering careers or academic research.


Annual program fees for the 2019-2021 edition are €2,000/year for EU students and €4,000/year for non-EU international students


For students beginning in September 2020, EIT-Label scholarships from EIT RawMaterials of €13,500 per eligible student are available. For information on how EIT-Label scholarships will be awarded and who is eligible, please contact the coordinating university directly:


Applications for the 2020-2022 edition of the AMIR programme will be open from early 2020. Please check for details.

Who can apply?

The programme will deliver a Master's degree (120 ECTS) and is aimed at candidates who have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Environmental Sciences with advanced knowledge in Chemistry (minimum 3 years of study or 180 ECTS credits), or a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Physical-Chemistry, Materials (or Matter) Sciences.

Selection criteria

Selection of candidates will be a cooperative process between partner institutions and will be based on a consensus. The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects:

  • Academic background
  • Motivation letter
  • Language skills
  • Work experience
  • Entrepreneurial potential

Application process for student selection

1st step: All applications must be submitted through our online system and by the deadline given above. If you are missing one mandatory document, you can upload an explanatory letter instead, or send an e-mail to

2nd step: Students whose application successfully passes the first step based on their motivation and English proficiency will then be contacted in late March and invited to participate in a Skype interview in early April. Candidates who are successful at this stage, and those selected for the reserve list, will be informed by an e-mail within one week following their interview.

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

The AMIR Master program focuses on the raw material value chain, with particular emphasis on recycling.

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