M.Sc. FAME Functionalised Advanced Materials and Engineering

University of Liège

Application deadline: August 15th; Non-EU students: application period is closed
Tuition fee:
  • € 835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The FAME Master programme is a two-year (120 ECTS) Master of Science Program offered in English by 7 universities of 4 different countries (France, Germany, Belgium, and Portugal).

These institutions host world-renowned leading research laboratories in the field of Advanced Materials Science. The students will benefit from the best practices used at these institutions and will take part in the management of scientific research-oriented projects.

The course consists of 4 semesters study of 30 ECTS each including a Master thesis in a European research laboratory. Students are required to spend Year 1 and 2 in at least two institutes from different countries.

Mandatory and optional courses are integrated and taught by distinguished professors and researchers who interact closely in the frame of EMMI.

The first two semesters deals with general topics about materials science.

The third semester is dedicated to a specialization provided by one of the partner universities as world-leading expert; it is made of mandatory and elective courses.

The last semester is spent in one of the laboratories of the European Network of Excellence FAME or in a related industry.



This international Master of Science (MSc) aims at providing high-level academic and research-oriented education about the synthesis, the characterisation and the processing of all classes of materials with special emphasis on hybrids and ceramics.

The first objective is to promote excellence, innovation, originality, mobility, diversity as well as complementarity between European universities in the domain of functionalised advanced materials. Such a level of scientific education is unique in Europe.

The second objective is to bring highly-motivated third-country graduate students to Europe to allow them benefiting from an education in the technological domain of nanomaterials and materials science.

The final goal is to prepare the students for entering a PhD program in Europe or abroad for instance in one of the FAME network laboratories. Alternatively, students should be able to fill leading positions in industry as scientists or engineers in materials science.

Benefits to Students

The Master Course ensures an intensive and innovative training for both non-European and European students. The program forms a new generation of students with multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary profile and fosters networking activities within Europe and third countries in the field of research and education.

The 7 institutional partners offer a larger variety of knowledge as well as a broader spectrum on research than a single university could propose. The students benefit from the best practices used in work teams and take part to the management of scientific research-oriented projects.

They have the opportunity to specialise in 7 different research areas:

* Hybrid Materials and Ceramics
* Materials for Micro- and Nanotechnologies
* Nanomaterials and Hybrids
* Engineering of Materials and Nanostructures
* Nanomaterials and Modelling
* Functional Ceramics
* Materials Interfaces

Learning outcomes : knowledge, skills & competences

What would you learn?

At the end of the two-year FAME Master program, the graduate students will be able to:

* Take responsibility for an industrial research or development project
* Start Ph.D.studies

* Reinforce the research teams within the consortium or in industrial, university laboratories in their country of origin as well as in similar institutions world-wide

* Adapt easily to working in new countries/new cultures

* Work in international networks as required by an increasingly globalised industrial and scientific environment

* Transfer their knowledge to other students and work as a multiplicator, especially in their home countries

* Integrate multinational work teams (industry or universities) with the advantage of the language skills and cultural knowledge gained during the Master program


The following skills will be developed as a result of the Master course:

* Improved knowledge in the field of Materials Science, especially in the fields of ceramics and hybrids

* Improved capacity of integration both into an industrial R&D team or at an University Laboratory. Most importantly, the specific partnerships with industry most of the academic research teams of the FAME network offer, paves the way for a broader scientific/technical knowledge of modern aspects of industrial integration of academic research.

* Acquisition of a European culture, including fluency in the English language, mobility as well as the basics of languages and culture of the countries visited

* Acquisition of a true knowledge of the meaning of applied research on an European scale


Beside the academic knowledge, students have to acquire the following issues:

* Use of the modern information technologies (videoconference, working on the Internet, etc.

* Contacts to industrial partners involved in the FAME network.

* Networking as they will be implied in at least two universitiesimage


The requirements to access to the master programmes are regulated by articles 51 to 53 of the decree of 31 March 2004 defining higher education, promoting its integration into the European Higher Education Area, and refinancing universities.

The master programmes are open to students who hold one of the following:

* a bachelor in the same curriculum;
* the same master with a different focus;
* a university degree, subject to the academic authorities' decision and to additional requirements defined by them;
* a long course academic degree granting access to the master, subject to a decision by the government and to additional requirements defined by it;
* an academic degree similar to those mentioned above, delivered under the same conditions by the Flemish Community, the German-speaking Community or the Royal Military Academy;
* a foreign academic degree recognised as equivalent to those mentioned above in application of the aforementioned decree, of a European directive or of an international convention, under the same conditions.

The additional requirements are designed to ensure students have sufficient knowledge of the subjects required for the intended studies.When these additional requirements consist in one or several additional courses, they cannot add more than 15 credits in total to the student's course load, considering all other credits counting towards their admission.These courses are included into the curriculum of their master programme.

Master programmes are also open to students who, in order to earn the bachelor in the same curriculum, must still pass no more than 12 credits and are registered for those courses.

Master programmes, possibly subject to additional courses worth no more than 60 credits (when this added course load is over 15 credits, it must be taken as a preparatory year), are open to students who hold one of the following:

* another bachelor-level degree delivered by the French Community (professional bachelor or transition bachelor from a non-university institute of higher education), granting access to the master following a decision by the government and subject to the additional requirements defined by it;
* a similar academic degree, delivered by the Flemish Community, the German-speaking Community or at the Royal Military Academy, or a foreign academic degree recognised as equivalent;
* a bachelor-level degree delivered by a Belgian university or a foreign institute of higher education can the admissions jury can value at 180 credits or more.

knowledge and skills, acquired through personal or professional experience, that can be recognised by the admissions jury. This relevant experience must be equivalent to at least five years of professional activity, not taking into account failed years of higher education. At the conclusion of an evaluation process organised by the academic authorities, the admissions jury judges whether the student's skills and knowledge allow them to successfully pursue the programme.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

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