International Master of Science 'Materials Science'


to the Master's Program in Materials Science

at Augsburg University

On this page you will find all relevant information for initiating and completing your master-level studies of materials science at Augsburg University. The Master‘s Program (M.Sc.) in Materials Science provides a high-level academic and research-oriented education on the synthesis, characterisation and processing of all classes of functional materials including, for example, energy materials, biomaterials,  thermoelectrics, semiconductors, carbon materials, and OLEDs.

Over the course of four semesters, in-depth studies of various aspects of fundamental materials' research in physics and chemistry will be provided, culminating in a master‘s thesis on individual research by the student in advanced materials science. All courses are given in English.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: When is the next deadline for applications?

All applications for the summer term 2018 have to be delivered until November 15th 2017!

Q2: Which background do your students have?
We expect a background in materials science that is comparable to a B.Sc. in Materials Science at Augsburg University. Our students hold B.Sc. degrees for example in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Nanotechnology, Physics, or Chemistry. Please note, however, that study programs may vary largely between universities. Admission thus depends very much on the individual background, skills, and academic achievements.

Q3: What scientific background do you expect?
We expect a scientific background equivalent to the BSc programme in Material Science at Augsburg University. The following list gives an overview of the curriculum of your fellow students who graduated from Augsburg University:

  • Materials Science (42 CP)
    Introductory knowledge on all classes of materials: e.g. crystal structure, thermodynamics, properties and defects, solid state analytics
  • Physics (54 CP)
    Experimental Physics (Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electodynamics, Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics), Theoretical Physics (Basic Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics)
  • Chemistry (44 CP)
    General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry, Chemical Lab Practice 
  • Mathematics (16 CP)
    Linear Algebra, Fundamental Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Analysis
Your background will be compared with this list.

Q4:  How will you evaluate my application?

We will evaluate the background of your B.Sc. The minimal strict requirement are the proof of 16 ECTS credits (or its equivalent) in all of the three subjects physics, chemistry, and materials science. For this purpose, you have to submit the evaluation form, where you list the corresponding courses from your B.Sc. program. As an example, 8 ECTS credits are usually provided for a course with 4 hours of lecture (each 45 minutes) and 2 hours of tutorials (each 45 minutes) per semester.

In addition, your university documents and English certificates will be validated and your recommendation and motivation letters will be considered.

Q5:  How to evaluate my B.Sc. courses in terms of ECTS credits for the evaluation form?

One ECTS credit point corresponds to approximately 30 hours of total workload. If your B.Sc. program uses a different credit system, please try to estimate the ECTS equivalent by using the number of contact hours (each 45 minutes) of your course in one semester:

As an example, 8 ECTS credits are usually provided for a course with 6 contact hours per week. With an average of 15 weeks per semester with lectures this corresponds to a total of 90 contact hours per semester. Hence, you determine the contact hours per week and multiply it by a factor of 1.4 to estimate the ECTS credits of the lecture.

Q6: Which level in English is required and which certificates do you accept?

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of having obtained level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Currently, accepted equivalences to B2 in terms of internationally recognized test methods (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) are as follows:

  • TOEFL TOEFL (paper-based) score of at least 550 or

  • TOEFL TOEFL (computer-based) score of at least 213 or

  • TOEFL TOEFL (internet-based) score of at least 80 or

  • IELTS-Overall Band Score of at least 6.5 (out of 9)

These limits are strict!

Q7: Do I need to provide a language certificate if the medium of instruction during my Bachelor studies was English?
No, in this case it is sufficient to submit the proof that the medium of instruction was English.

Q8: Can I obtain a preliminary estimate from the department about my chances of admission?
Due to the large number of applications, we are not able to offer this service. Please check Q1-Q6 to estimate your chances yourself.

Q9: Are scholarships available?
The University of Augsburg does not offer scholarships in the first two semesters.

Q10: Do I have to speak German, for choosing the M.Sc. program 'Materials Science'?

All course are given in English, but for getting along in Germany (insurances, accomodation etc.) and finding a job, knowledge of basic German will be necessary.

Q11: What is the handbook of modules about?

This handbook contains all modules (lectures, seminars, method courses, etc.) offered within the Master Program and provides information on the contents of the courses, the competences you should achieve, and the type of exams you will have to pass.

Q12: Does a recommendation letter require a specific format?

No. There are no requirements concerning the format of the recommendation letter.

Q13: Do I need to provide recommendation letters as a graduate from Augsburg University?


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Study Guide for the International Master Materials Science