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Welcome to the Elite Master's Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP)

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Overview of the updated programme structure (valid for MAP class 2017)


The Elite Master's Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is an international, English language degree programme which aims to train excellent Bachelor's graduates from the fields of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering or related backgrounds. The interdisciplinary programme is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria and is hosted at the School of Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Teaching contributions are also made by the University of Bayreuth and the University of Würzburg. Please browse this website to find more details about what makes this a unique and excellent programme. For potential applicants we draw particular attention to our application deadlines (Non-EU applicants: March 31th, EU-Applicants: July 15th)


 Summary of the key features of the MAP Programme

Length 3 semesters of lectures, soft skills and research projects followed by an industrial internship and a 6 month Master's project.
Location Most classes take place in Erlangen. Some visits to the partner universities (Bayreuth and Würzburg) and excursions to companies are made.
Language of instruction MAP is taught in English. Students are strongly encouraged to learn German to promote cultural integration. A free intensive German class is offered before the first semester. Free German evening classes are available during the semester.
Degree awarded Master of Science with Honours - M.Sc. (Hons)
Syllabus Unique combination of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering aiming to produce graduates who have broad competence in both materials and process development.
Areas of specialization From 2nd semester onwards students specialize in two of four focal subjects: Advanced Processes; Biomaterials and Bioprocessing; Computational Materials Science and Process Simulation; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.
Research component Research projects (miniprojects and Master's project) contribute to 40% of the course credit and 54% of the final grade.
Research environment MAP and relevant fields include world renowned researchers including 4 Leibniz Prize winners, 4 ERC Advanced Grant  and 2 ERC Starting Grant holders. Large research initiatives to which MAP students regularly contribute include the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials, Emerging Fields Initiative TOPbiomatMax Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Fraunhofer Institute IISB.
Soft Skills Skills training programme includes courses in management, scientific writing, presentation, intercultural skills. Soft skills contribute to more than 10% of course credit.
Class size Around 25 students per year coming from typically more than 10 countries worldwide. 177 students have enrolled in the course since 2005.
Support network Class representatives, Dedicated programme office, Programme chairs, Elite Network of Bavaria.
Scholarships A limited number of MAP scholarships covering living costs in the first year of the programme may be awarded to excellent applicants. 
Financial support Funds are available to support academic activities of students such as workshops, academies, conference visits.
Graduate destinations MAP graduates are highly successful in pursuing PhDs at excellent institutions or joining leading companies in Germany or abroad.