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.
- Why join the international M.Sc. program 'Materials Science' of Augsburg University?
- Admission Requirements, Application Procedure, etc.
- Information about schedules
- Handbooks of modules
- Examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung in German), see the study guide below for an English documentation!
- Examinations board (Notifications)
What is the Materials Science program about?
Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field connecting several aspects of physics, chemistry, and methods for characterization and processing of materials. The continuative M.Sc. Materials Science program deepens the scientific expertise of your previous eduction, e.g. the understanding of various material properties and interactions between materials particularly with regard to application oriented research in science and technology.
Why choose Augsburg University to study?
The Materials Science program of Augsburg University offers students a broad variety of elective courses to specialize in, like spintronics, porous materials, low temperature physics, nanostructers, and many more. Furthermore, through the corresponding method courses the theoretical knowledge can be enhanced with practical experience.
The program also encourages you to socialize with fellow students from different countries and cultures in an agreeable international atmosphere. Augsburg University assures easy access to the program for foreign students, and enhances the international competitiveness of German students by providing all lectures and courses in English.
Why choose the Master of Science qualification?
The Masters degree provides a professional and qualifying education in material science, and is a certification for enhanced expertise in material sciences, and thus, testifies that the candidate is capable to tackle scientific problems concerning materials independently and efficiently, by using modern methods. Also, the program aims towards well trained graduates to perform organizational, planning, and management duties in research institutes, industry, and public administration.
Information for students
We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself first with the Institute's various research activities in physics and materials science.
Study the information given on the sites concerning the International M.Sc. 'Materials Science' carefully before composing your application!
- Gerrman Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- University of Augsburg International Office
- Student Union of Augsburg
- 'Fachschaft Physik und MaWi (student council for physics and materials science)
- For admission to the Master’s program in Materials Science, a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, or materials science and engineering is required. A degree in a related discipline might be deemed equivalent by the examination board, subject to evaluation of the documents submitted by the applicant. In the majority of cases a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering does not provide the required ECTS credits (see below).
- All applicants have to submit proof of having obtained at least 16 ECTS credits in each of the following subjects: (1) Materials Science, (2) Physics, (3) Chemistry. To evaluate if you fulfill this requirement, you have to list corresponding courses in the evaluation form, which you have to submit as part of your application documents. Note: Applicants who graduated from Augsburg University do not have to submit this form.
- If, at the time of application, the documentation of your Bachelor’s degree is not yet available, a current transcript of records must be submitted and the diploma and associated documents submitted within one year of commencing the Master’s program.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of a sufficient knowledge of English corresponding to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Currently, equivalences to B2 in terms of one of internationally recognized test methods (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) are as follows:
Note: You do not have to submit this proof if you are a native speaker of English or you have graduated from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. In the latter case, please provide supporting documentation. Students with a German 'Abitur' need no further proof of their knowledge of English.
All applications have to be delivered in postal form to:
Institute of Physics
D-86159 Augsburg / GERMANY
All applications for the winter term 2020/21 have to be delivered until 15th May 2020!!
All applications are required to contain the following documents:
- Fully completed and signed application form
- Evaluation form for the required Credit Point Equivalents of 16 ECTS credits in all of the three subjects Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry obtained in your first degree 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 summing up to 90 hours (each 45 minutes) per semester. Such a course can be listed with 8 ECTS and 6 SWS. Note: Applicants who graduated from Augsburg University do not have to submit this form.
- TOEFL proof of at least 550 (for the paper-based test) or 213 (for the computer-based test) or 80 (for the internet-based test) or
- IELTS-test score of 6.5 (of 9)
- Note: You will not have to provide a English test score if you are a native English speaker, or graduated from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. In the latter case please provide supporting documentation. Students with a German 'Abitur' need no further proof of their knowledge of English.
- GRE-Test (not compulsory) recommended.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certified copies and certified translations in English or German of:
- 'Final Secondary School certificate' (High School etc.) and (if applicable) 'higher education entrance qualification'
- Most recent official transcript of your Bachelor studies
- Bachelor certificate or equivalent
- Two letters of recommendation - Note: Applicants who graduated from Augsburg University do not have to provide recommendation letters.
Foreign students have to apply for a student visa at their nearest German Embassy in their home country. The 'German Alien's Act' does not allow to change the entry status whilst in Germany; never enter with a tourist visa!
Please present the following at the Embassy:
- Our letter of admission ('Zulassung')
- Our documentation of the course
- A proof of your financial means (EUR 670/month at least). Be prepared to show a bank statement covering the full expenses for the first year!
All students at institutions of higher education in Germany have to provide proof of obligatory health insurance at the time of registration. health insurance can be obtained (usually without any problem) after arrival in Augsburg.
Applicants from China
There are special regulations for students from China handled by the ' Akademische Prüfstelle' at the German Embassy in Beijing. Essentially, this institution will check your academic transcripts, and you will be given an interview of about 20 minutes duration, during which your academic background will be tested. The language of the interview is English or German. -- Please include the certificate you receive from the 'Akademische Prüfstelle' with your application.
- No tuition fees are charged for the Programme, but EUR 114.85 per semester will be charged as a registration fee and for student services (including unlimited local bus & tram use). (This applies to all courses offered at the University of Augsburg.)
- Students are responsible for their own housing and living expenses which run, as a minimum, at about EUR 670 (about US$ 770) per month.
- Note: All international students have to provide evidence that their studies in Germany are financially secured!
- During your studies, you are allowed to work for up to 120 days or up to 240 half-days in each calendar year. See Student Union of Augsburg for jobs for students. Support grants from German sources are extremely limited and available only to highly qualified applicants and under exceptional circumstances.
- You may also want to check for scholarships / stipends etc. with other agencies / institutions (e.g. Federal Training Assistance Act 'BAföG') see also Student Union of Augsburg.
- Another way of supporting our students is through part-time teaching or research assistantships. There are only a few (!) of these jobs available, but you will have to look for them yourself once you are here. We do not assign teaching and research assistantships beforehand!
- You have to register officially with the City of Augsburg; see also ' My five steps to a residence permit'. Advice on this matter is also given by the International Office of Augsburg Universtity.
- You need also to register officially at the University of Augsburg. There is a fee of presently EUR 114.85 per semester (including unlimited local bus & tram use).
- Students admitted to the course are eligible to apply for a room in a student dormitory, but usually there is a long waiting list. In order to avoid the waiting list, you may purchase a 6-month ' Service Package', after you have obtained the 'Zulassung'.
- Most dormitories are run by the Student Union of Augsburg; they are conveniently located (walking distance or easy tram connection to the university). All rooms are one-person rooms, fully furnished, with a small bathroom, and with cooking facilities. Note: There are no dorms exclusively for men and women.
- After your arrival in Augsburg, help in finding a private accomodation can also be provided by the International Office of Augsburg University.
The language of instruction is English. Each student has to proof good knowlegde in the English language through a appropriate TOEFL or IELTS score. Native English speakers or students which graduated from a Universtiy, where English is the primary language of instruction, are excluded from this prerequisite. But in the latter case, supporting documentation has to be provided.
Though fluent speaking of German is not required, each student will need some basic knowledge of German, in order to get smoothly along in daily live. We suggest to acquire some basic German before coming here.
Alternatively, there is the possibility to attend German courses in Augsburg; these will, however, not be offered by the University, but rather by private institutions (and hence will cost a fee). The German courses provided by the University of Augsburg, aim towards students which already have a certain knowledge of German, and are interested in further improving their skills. Information about the courses can be obtained at the language center of Augsburg Universtity ( Sprachenzentrum).
The schedule of the current semester is available in printed form only one month ahead of the coming semester in the department administration of the department of math and science (North wing of the institute of physics building).
If you want more detailed information about the lectures and method courses you can check the list of courses.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1: When is the next deadline for applications?
All applications for the summer term 2020 have to be delivered until November 15th 2019!
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
- TOEFLTOEFL (computer-based) score of at least 213 or
- TOEFLTOEFL (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?
!! Deadline for applications !!
All applications for the winter term 2020/21 have to be delivered until May 15th 2020!!
>> To the applications form <<
Please read the section Requirements and the other information given on the sites carefully before composing your application!
Study Guide for the International Master Materials Science