Programme Structure and Curriculum


Overview of Programme Structure

The structure of the MAP Programme is stipulated by the Programme Regulations ("Fachprüfungsordnung") which can be found here. Below is an overview of the programme structure.

Summary of MAP Programme Structure


1st Semester Courses


The Fundamentals classes (about 7.5 hours per week) aim to bring all students up to the same level of knowledge and competence in the foundations of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. During a short discussion with the programme chairs during the orientation period preceding the first semester, a personalized selection of Fundamentals classes is made based on the students' previous studies. In general, those students who have a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering take the Chemical and Biological Engineering Fundamentals and vica versa. Fundamentals classes are examined in various ways although at the end the mark is converted into a pass/fail which is shown on the MAP transcript.

Associated with the choice of Fundamentals is a practical course wherein students carry out 6 different lab experiments and write up a report.

The Fundamentals curriculum can be found here.

Basics 1

The Basics classes (about 6 hours per week) are attended by all MAP students and introduce them to important topics in the four focal subjects. The classes are each examined at the end of the semester with a written exam. In total, these contribute to around 4% of the final grade. The Basics 1 curriculum can be found here.

Soft Skills

In the first semester students have various soft skills courses which include scientific project working, rhetorik and intercultural skills. The students also get to take part in lab tours of many of the institutes participating in MAP, including the partner universities Bayreuth and Würzburg. One day per week is reserved for the soft skills courses. A list of soft skills courses on offer can be found here.

2nd Semester Courses

Basics 2

Another set of Basics'classes are given in the second semester, again being examined by written exams and again contributing to 4% of the transcript grade. The Basics 2 curriculum can be found here.

Focal Subjects

Starting from the second semester, students focus on two of the four focal subjects. In each focal subject students take about 4 hours of classes per week. Since Winter Semester 2013/14, assessment is in the form of oral exams and for one lecture course from each focal subject students instead write an approximately 2000 word review article. This has proven to be a valuable training exercise for scientific writing and some MAP review articles have even been published! The combined grades from the focal subject exams and review articles contribute to about 17% of the final grade. The 2nd Semester Focal Subject curriculum can be found here.


The second semester also sees the students enter the research labs for the first time. Selecting projects from both chosen focal topics or a single project combining both, students spend a total of around 200 hours on these projects. Since Winter Semester 2013/14 the miniprojects, which should be written up in the form of a short scientific paper, are graded. The miniproject grades contribute to about 6% of the final programme grade. A list of past miniprojects can be found here.

Soft Skills

Further soft skills are taken in the second semester and usually an excursion to several companies or institutes takes place. A list of soft skills courses on offer can be found here. Previous excursion destinations can be found listed in the evant calendar.

3rd Semester Courses

Focal Subjects

Further lectures are taken in the students' chosen focal subjects. About 5-6 hours of classes are taken per week here and assessment is by oral exam at the end of the semester. The contribution to the final grade is about 21%. The 3rd Semester Focal Subject curriculum can be found here.


Third semester miniprojects are slightly longer than in the second semester and constitute about 250 hours of work. The grades obtained contribute to about 7% of the final grade. A list of past miniprojects can be found here.

Soft Skills

Further soft skills are taken in the third semester. A list of soft skills courses on offer can be found here.


Following the third students students should complete a minimum 12 week industrial internship. If an internship has been carried before MAP this may be counted as the MAP internship, though not in the case that it was for course credit at Bachelor's level.

Master's Project

The final stage of the MAP programme is a 6 month Master's project which should be carried out in a participating institute of MAP, or, in occasional cases in an institute within the immediate MAP environment. The Master's thesis should be original research work of the student and the grade carries a weight of 42% of the final MAP grade. A list of past Master's projects can be found here.