Materials play an indispensible role in our everyday lives. In order to solve key challenges facing the world such as food and energy shortage, disease, climate change and communications it is essential that economically and environmentally sustainable materials with improved function are developed. Combined with the traditional disciplines, the relatively new research fields of nano- and biotechnology are leading to huge advances in this development. Of course, the discovery of new materials means there is an urgent need for new processes to produce them. Therefore a much greater level of understanding between materials scientists and chemical and biological engineers is required.

The Elite Masters Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is training the next generation of engineers with exactly this philosophy in mind. Organised and supported by 18 leading university research and teaching institutes, the course connects the two traditional areas of study, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. First-class Bachelor's (or equivalent) graduates with a background in at least one of these or related subjects are strongly encouraged to apply.

We offer a flexible study plan which enables graduates from one discipline to quickly get to know the fundamentals of the other. The core of the course then considers the key materials and process engineering topics in four focal subjects:

  • Advanced Processes
  • Biomaterials and Bioprocessing
  • Computational Materials Science and Process Simulation
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Alongside lectures, students have the opportunity to build up significant contact with research groups, firstly through two large or four small miniprojects and then during a 6-month full-time Master's project. Erlangen and its surrounding region is a well-known centre for world-class research in the area of advanced materials and processes. Indeed, since November 2007, the only materials-based "Cluster of Excellence" (a large federally-funded interdisciplary research collaboration) has been representing these interests with high international visibility. Due to their high academic standing and breadth of experience, students of our programme are seen as key players in the successful future of these research undertakings. To read more about why we think MAP is a great opportunity for graduates of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering and similar disciplines, please take a look at the thirteen reasons to study MAP.