Advanced Materials Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, German (take IELTS)
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Master of Science program "Advanced Materials" from University of Ulm deals with modern, innovative materials with special properties at atomic/molecular scale and a pronounced potential for application in science, technology and medicine.


The program is strongly research oriented and offers students to focus on either "Nanomaterials" (nanoscaled materials with e.g. special electrical or optical traits or quantum effects) or "Biomaterials" (materials e.g. employed in cell culture, drug delivery, surgery and dental implants).

An international and interdisciplinary program taught entirely in English, "Advanced Materials" is designed for both international and German students, who have earned a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering in physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, electrical engineering or other programs relating to materials/materials properties.

Students will acquire competent knowledge in the following areas:
  • Hands-on experience in physics and materials science labs
  • Scientific working methods and current research in the nano-/biomaterials field
  • Scientific competency as well as professional skills in the application range of modern materials science
  • Scope of the program: Scientific principles, experimental research, analytical methods and applications in the interdisciplinary fields of nanomaterials and biomaterials
  • Emphasis on lab work: Students get trained in conducting scientific experiments, recording and analyzing experimental data. Lab courses deal with modern physics and materials, materials science, materials used in medicine and employment of modern analytical methods and devices.
  • Independent research project: For completion of the program students work independently on an experimental master´s thesis project in an area/institute of their choice.
  • Multidisciplinarity: The master program aims at getting together students, teachers and researchers from different disciplines in natural sciences and engineering science.
Professional Perspectives
Job opportunities of master graduates include:
Positions in industry:
  • Research and development, production, service, sales and distribution of functional nano- and biomaterials
  • Technological areas, nanomaterials: Optoelectronics and laser technology, semiconductor technology, energy technology (fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics), sensor technology
  • Technological areas, biomaterials: Medical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, food industry
  • Specialized applications
Positions in academics:
  • PhD in Germany and all over the world
  • Teaching
  • Research

Programme Structure

Two special subjects (focusses) exist in Master of Science program "Advanced Materials": "Nanomaterials" and "Biomaterials".

Students choose focus "Nanomaterials" or "Biomaterials" at the end of examination period of 1. semester.

• During 1. semester all students will get an identical strong training in mathematics, natural sciences and materials sciences.

• Strengthened practical training (lab courses) during 2. and 3. semester of both branches to allow students to get familiar with independent lab work early and to improve students´orientation with respect to research done at Ulm University institutes when deciding on a master´s thesis project for 4. semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or other programs relating to materials/material properties); duration of the Bachelor program at least 3 years. German students can also apply with a Fachhochschul- or Berufsakademiediplom in one of the above mentioned subjects.
  • Prove of 2 Mathematics and 2 Physics courses or 2 Mathematics and 2 Chemistry courses (3 hours per week and semester each) attended and passed.
  • Good command of English proven by either IELTS-test (minimum score 6.5) or TOEFL test (minimum score 88).
Evaluation of applications draws upon the applicant´s bachelor program, final bachelor grade or current CGPA, bachelor courses (courses and course grades in mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering science and biology/biochemistry), the applicant´s motivation to participate in the program (motivation letter) and two reference letters by university teachers from bachelor university.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • There is no tuition fee at Ulm University. Students pay a fee of 156 € per semester (60 € administrative fee, 77 € fee student union, 19 € student council).
  • Funding

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