Master in Materials Science
A master of excellence
MaMaSELF is a two-year international Master course in Materials Science fully taught in English, delivering multiple Master degree, and recognized as European formation of excellence in this field since 2007.
A master of excellence
The MaMaSELF master course is recognized as European formation of excellence, belonging to the Erasmus Mundus program since 2007. The Master intends to train the future Materials scientists and engineers to meet global demand and face the new challenges.
Providing a core curriculum in materials science fundamentals and training to the leading-edge experimental techniques of characterization, as the one available at large scale facilities, is an exceptional preparation for future scientists and engineers.
MaMaSELF is a two-year master course fully taught in English, delivering multiple Master degree. The program has been designed by a consortium of highly recognized European universities (France, Germany, Italy and Poland) well renowned in the field of materials science, and fostering strong interaction with research and industrial partners.
The Master Intends to prepare students to solve scientific and technological problems related to materials and their applications, a very multidisciplinary field, connecting several aspects of physics and chemistry.
The course is opened to a broad range of high level applicants with initial cursus in chemistry, physics, and materials science & engineering. Students will be educated by a team of worldwide materials science experts,in the context of the latest developments at international level.
Students will have exceptional opportunities of research training through the strong network of consortium research groups, associated partner institutions and large scale facilities, throughout Europe and around the world.MaMaSELF+ also proposes to focus on energy-related applications (energy conversion, storage, and efficiency, nanomaterials, geomaterials, smart materials). One specific aim of the Mamaself program is to explain the application of "Large scale facilities" for the characterization and development of materials.
Mamaself graduated students skills are recognized, not only thanks to their high scientific level but also thanks to the soft skills that such a unique Erasmus Mundus program can bring, due particularly to the mobility tracks in at least two different countries and the meeting with students, staff and teaching members coming from all over the world. Mamaself students become prime scientists and enroll directly after graduation in PhD or find a position in research centers or industry.
A consortium of six universities
The Mamaself Consortium includes 6 primary European Universities in the field of Materials sciences, Engineering Physics, Chemistry:
- University of Rennes 1, France,
- University of Montpellier, France,
- Technische Universität of München (TUM), Germany,
- Ludwig Maximilian University in München (LMU), Germany,
- University of Torino, Italy,
- Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
The partners have a large background in materials science and a long collaboration with Large Scale Facilities. They are located in culturally and historically rich European towns. Through full integration of teaching and research, the consortium universities have managed to bring together different specializations in a unique course program.
Erasmus Mundus program
The Erasmus Mundus program is a label of excellence. This program is a co-operation and mobility program in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries.
The program is intended to strengthen European co-operation and international links in higher education by supporting high-quality European Masters Courses, enabling students from around the world to engage in postgraduate study at European higher education institutions, as well as encouraging the outgoing mobility of European students and scholars towards third countries.
Join a unique international Master program in Material Science and be graduated from 6 European leading universities!
Non-European and European students are welcome to apply to the Mamaself Master
Students must have
- A Bachelor (180 ECTS) in Materials Science or related disciplines: Chemistry, Physics, Geo-science, etc.
- Proof of good English competencies, e.g. TOEFL CBT 230 and PBT 550 IBT 80 / IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, except for applicants native from English speaking countries and for students having been educated in English at secondary or/and university. Students who intend to have mobility at TUM must have the following level for admission at TUM: TOEFL IBT 88, CBT 234/ PBT 605
Students must apply online on the Mamaself application site:
- Fill the online form
- Add the requested documents
- English level certificate
- Bachelor degree (or certificate of third Bachelor year)
- Letters of recommendation
Important information for application!
- My Mamaself application steps:
- Read the admission requirements, list of necessary documents and deadlines
- Make a list of documents I need to prepare
- Register for English test (if I don’t have a valid one)
- Have my diploma translated and officially certified
- Fill in the application form online
- Ask relevant persons for recommendation letters
- Write a motivation letter
- Make certified translated copies of the transcripts
- Check once again that I include all the required documents
- Submit the online application
Please also refer to the complete details of the Mamaself application process on the Mamaself application site.
The Mamaself tuition fees amount is 6000€/year for Non-Eu students and 3000 € for EU students.
Tuition fees must be paid each year before 30 June for Master 1, before 30 August for Master 2.
These fees include the whole program, there are no other fees to pay at each Consortium university.
The tuition fees also include:
- the language course at each site (French, German, Italian, Polish)
- the integration week activities
- the summer school
- the status meeting (except travel) including hotel and meals
- the insurance worldwide (health, accident, liability)
All applications will be evaluated firstly by the professors and experts of the Mamaself consortium.
Within the eligible candidates selected, the consortium will award scholarships for mobility on the basis of the score obtained in the selection ranking.
The result of each application will be published on the Mamaself application site. The result for Non-European students will be published by mid-March and the result for European students will be published by mid-April each year.
Master Mamaself was built in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program, which offers culturally enriching higher education opportunities for both European and Non-European students.
Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses are high-quality study programs at masters level offered by a consortium of at least three European higher education institutions. They last between one and two years and lead to the award of a recognized double, joint or multiple degrees. Students have to study in at least two institutions.
The European Erasmus- Mundus program stands for the promotion of the European Union as a center of excellence in the field of higher education. It strongly supports high-quality Master Courses to enhance the attractiveness of european higher education all around the world.
Content of the program
The master’s program is organized in 4 semesters, over 2 years. All courses within the partner universities will be taught in English. Mamaself students must take a total value of 120 ECTS credits over the 4 semesters to fulfill the requirements of the Master.
The program is organized as a pedagogic continuum:
The course begins in September (Semester 1) of each year, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, and a work-based research project.
Students can start Year 1 of their studies at any of the five partner universities. Semester 3 is offered at one the 5 other partner universities, while semester 4 can be undertaken in industry, at one of the consortium universities, at LSF or at any of the partner universities (in Japan, USA, Russian Federation, Brazil, India, Switzerland).
In each semester, students take 30 ECTS credits.
The duration of the Mamaself Masters course is two years (120 ECTS credits). The academic program is split into two years with 60 ECTS credits for each. The language of instruction and examination is English. The student will stay one year in one institution and a second in another institution. In respect of the Erasmus Mundus mobility rules, students must change the country between Year 1 and Year 2. (It is not possible to stay the two years at the same site in Munich). It is possible to go back to one of the two first institutions for the 4th semester.
The first year consists of lectures and practicals at one out of the five universities yielding 60 ECTS. This part of teaching will take place at one of the 5 leading European universities belonging to the consortium :
- University Rennes 1
- University of Montpellier
- Technische Universität München
- Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
- University of Torino
At the end of the first year, the student must change the country and join a second institution.
Students will receive at least 2 European Master diploma, one for each institution.
The second academic year will start with a summer school of two weeks, where both lectures and practicals (comprehensively corresponding to 7 ECTS) will offer an excellent introduction into the use of “Large Scale Facilities”. The core of the lectures will all be given by the scientists responsible of the Master in each of the four universities (W. Paulus, P. Rabiller, W. Petry and W. Schmahl, C. Lamberti), exhibiting a huge background in this area. Each year the core lectures will be supported by specific seminars given by other university colleagues and by researchers directly coming from national or European Large Scale Facilities centers.
During these two weeks, the topic of the Master thesis will be chosen by the student out of a list of subjects proposed by the staff of the institutions.
During the first semester of the second year, each student has to shift to one out of the four other universities. The first semester consists of lectures and practicals (30 ECTS, cf program in each university of the consortium). During the second semester of the second year, the student has to undergo the Master thesis work which will also yield 30 ECTS. The thesis work will take six months and is generally in strong relation with the use of ”Large Scale Facilities” for the applied or academic research problem.
The research topic can be supervised and located at large Scale Facilities, but will then be jointly supervised by an advisor of one of the consortium institutions. The research work is finalized by a written dissertation, which must be defended in front of a committee.
Students may undergo their master thesis at another partner institution in Japan (Kyoto University, Tokyo Institute of Technology) Switzerland (PSI / ETH Zurich) or India (IIT Madras), University Cornell (USA), University of Connecticut (USA).
Scientists coming from all over the world
There is also a teaching contribution from scientists coming from outside Europe, Japan (University of Kyoto, Institute of Materials Research, and Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Russia (Southern Federal University) University of Connecticut, Cornell (USA) IIT Madras (India) in order to show the perspectives in Non-European countries, as well as researchers from Large Scale Facilities and experts from Industry.
The fourth semester of the Mamaself program is dedicated to the Master thesis.
The Master thesis will be conducted at one of the Universities of the Mamaself consortium (University of Rennes1, University of Montpellier, LMU, TUM, University of Torino) or at Large Scale Facilities (see list page Partner Institutions). European students can also undergo the Master thesis at Non-European partner Institions : USA, BRAZIL, JAPAN, RUSSIA, INDIA, SWITZERLAND (see list and details on page Partner Institutions).
The Master thesis will last about 5 months between March and July. The subjects will be proposed in September and presented during the Mamaself summerschool.
The results of the Master thesis work will be presented by the Master 2 students during an annual meeting in May (Status meeting). The students will give an overview of their researchwork in a conference with all Master 2, Consortium professors and invited experts.
Students who want to attend Master Mamaself can benefit from a scholarship. The Master Mamaself has a duration of 2 years, the grants are provided by the EACEA for Mamaself in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program and have a duration 2 academic years.
I am Non-European
If you are a graduate student from a Non-European country you belong to the "partner countries" (all countries of the world with the exception of the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein.
These scholarships are awarded to the best students on a competitive basis. The scholarship covers your travel and living expenses and tuition fees in Europe for the full duration of the course.
To be a citizen of a third-country (all countries other than the 28 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU. Not residing in any UE Member State or participating country.
Students from Turkey can apply for a scholarship with the European countries.
Scholarship for Non-EU students (Partner countries): 43,000 € for the two academic years.
I am European
If you are a graduate student from one of the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, you can benefit from a scholarship for the 2-year program. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
The scholarship covers your travel and living expenses for the duration of the program.
Scholarship for EU students (Program countries): 37,000 € for the two academic years.
Specific scholarship for Latin America
In the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program, students from Latin America can receive a specific grant from EACEA for attending Master Mamaself.
The application to this scholarship is included in the application to Master Mamaself.
Amount of the scholarship: 43 000€ for the 2 years of the Master.
3 main events during the Mamaself program:
All Master 1 Mamaself will meet for a Welcome Week in Rennes before starting the lectures at each site of the consortium. This Welcome week is one of the 3 main events of the program where students meet at a special place. The Welcome week takes place during the first 2 weeks of September : tudents will meet, discover and have plenty of activities (sportive activties, city tour, cultural visits etc.)
See videos of the Welcome week on our website !
2 weeks lectures dedicated to the use of Large Scale Facilities (synchrotrons, neutrons sources) with lectures from Mamaself Consortium professors and contributions from experts and researchers coming from all over the world (see detailed program on Mamaself website). An exam representing 7 ects will take place at the end of the summerschool.
The Mamaself status meeting takes place in Switzerland during May the second year. All Mamaself Master 2 students will join and present their Master thesis work in a very unique atmosphere. An enriching moment with also presentations from experts, researchers and Mamaself alumnis.
MAMASELF STUDENTS TESTIMONIALS
26 students shared their Mamaself experience in videos that you can find on our website : https://www.mamaself.eu/testimonials