Bionics/Biomimetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The natural world as a source of engineering inspiration thats the core idea behind the fields bionics, a combination of the terms biology and technics, which means engineering in this context. In English, the approach of combining biology and engineering is often called biomimetics.

About

The basic principle of biomimetics is learning from nature. The idea on bionics/biomimetics is to understand the principles and systems behind natures constructions and to transfer them to technical systems and devices.

One major application of biomimetics is the field of biomaterials. Spider silk, for example, is both light and flexible and three times stronger than steel. Such material properties are of interest for various technical fibers. In robotics, animal models such as geckos are used as inspiration for the development of climbing robots. Another application is the development of water-repellent, self-cleaning materials, which were inspired by the surface structure of the lotus leaf.

Career Paths

Experts in bionics/biomimetics work in a highly interdisciplinary field which requires expertise in both engineering and biology. Whats more, interest in potential uses for bio-inspired materials and machinery continues to grow in many sectors and industries, creating a growing demand for specialists in these fields.

Potential areas of employment for graduates are:

  • Industries and research institutions focusing on micro-/nanotechnology
  • Bio-materials industry
  • Energy technology
  • Bioengineering
  • Engineering offices
  • Research institutions
  • Service providers and experts specialising in biomimetics

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Bionics of Locomotion and Control
  • Energy and Environment
  • Mechanics and Control
  • Development and Management
  • Applied Research Project A
  • Bionics of Materials and Structures
  • Materials in Structures
  • Joining Materials
  • Bionics of Sensing
  • Sensors
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Applied Research Project B
  • Bionics of Behaviour and Sociology
  • Business Biomimetics
  • Systems and Organisation
  • Computation and Modelling
  • Materials Applications
  • Behaviour and Evolution
  • Communication and Information
  • Master Thesis
  • Colloquium

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • 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:

    100

    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

  • Your bachelors degree diploma or certificate, including an overview of your marks and a description of the grading system used
  • If you do not have your bachelors degree certificate yet: provisional transcripts with your projected final GPA
  • If available: Diploma Supplement (for applicants from EU countries)
  • If available: the module guide for your bachelors degree programme
  • Recognised language certificate
  • For Food Science M.Sc.: proof of twenty weeks of professional activity in a related field or a completed exchange semester abroad
  • For Digital Media M.A.: a motivational letter of no more than 1,000 words detailing your creative skills and qualifications (recommended, but not mandatory)
  • APS document (only for China, Mongolia and Vietnam)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • Mandatory social security contribution: 79.00
  • Contribution to your facultys Student Representative Body: 10.00
  • NRW semester ticket: 50.90
  • VGN semester ticket: 138.48

Total:278.38

The majority of cost goes towards the Semester Ticket, which is a public transportation pass valid for most bus and train lines running in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Semester Ticket provides a range of mobility options to students at an otherwise unbeatable price.

Living costs for Kleve

630 - 1,000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The financing of studies is one of the most difficult and important subjects that international students have to deal with. As early on as when you apply for a visa and a residence permit you must prove that you have enough financial means to finance your studies in Germany. At the moment the German authorities require proof that you have 8,640 Euro for one year of studies. This proof of financing is meant to ensure that international students can finance their studies themselves since they do not normally qualify for state help in Germany.

Even if you provide evidence of financing your financial worries are not yet over. In Germany, a budget of around 9,000 Euro per year will only allow you to lead a very modest lifestyle!

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