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 course Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is training the next generation of engineers with exactly this philosophy in mind. Organised and supported by ten leading university research and teaching chairs, the course connects the two traditional areas of study, materials science and chemical/biological engineering. First-class 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 foundations of the other. The core of the course then considers the key materials and process engineering topics in four focal areas: nanotechnology, biomaterials, advanced processes and computation. Alongside lectures, students have the opportunity to build up significant contact with research groups, firstly through four short projects and then during a 6-month full-time research project. Erlangen and its surrounding region is a well-known centre for world-class research in the area of advanced materials. Indeed, since November 2007, the only materials-based "Cluster of Excellence" (a large federally-funded interdisciplary research collaboration) has been representing these interests with international visibility. Due to their high academic standing and breadth of experience, students of our course are seen as key players in the successful future of these research undertakings. We also provide career training (soft skills) seminars and together with our unique curriculum will make graduates highly attractive to both industrial and academic employers.
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Recipient: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
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