The M.Sc. programme "Materials Chemistry" at Saarland University is unique in Germany. The programme couples advanced theoretical and practical training with a strong research element in an interdisciplinary field spanning chemistry and materials science. Students with a background in chemistry and those with a background in materials science become acquainted with both the natural science perspective and the engineering science approach, and have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired during their Bachelor's degree studies to problems in materials chemistry. One of the key features of the Master's programme is the way in which it combines the methodologies of chemical synthesis and materials characterization with problems of relevance in the field of materials science. By uncovering and establishing chemical relationships, students learn how to optimize the properties of a material with respect to its potential applications.

Students on the M.Sc. programme select modules from the very wide range of courses on offer. This allows students not only to strengthen their chemical and engineering knowledge, but also to choose an area of special interest in materials chemistry, which they then study in greater depth. The interdisciplinary lab courses underscore the particular importance attached to the practical relevance of programme content. The lab courses provide students with important practical experience, initially in the area of chemical synthesis and later in the methods and techniques used in materials science to characterize materials. The M.Sc. programme maintains close cooperative ties with a number of research institutions on campus, such as the Leibniz Institute for New Materials, but also with companies in the region, such as those working in the field of nanotechnology.

Graduates from the Master's programme in materials chemistry are ideally prepared for a career in industry, research institutions or public bodies. The combination of an understanding of materials science with expertise in chemical synthesis and material characterization methods means that graduates from the programme are in high demand in industry. In addition, the Master's programme provides an excellent foundation for graduates wishing to undertake subsequent doctoral research work.


Mit chemischem Sachverstand zu besseren Materialien

Andrea Kick und Mike Nadig absolvieren beide den Master Materialchemie. "Dieses Zwischending zwischen Ingenieurwissenschaft und chemischer Forschung ist genau das Richtige für mich", sagt Nadig. Seine Kommilitonin ist eigens für das Master­programm nach Saarbrücken gezogen, denn Materialchemie wird nirgendwo sonst in Deutschland angeboten. "Bei den Modulen hat man eine große Auswahl aus der Chemie und der Materialwissenschaft", erzählt Kick. Jedes Studienmodul besteht aus drei bis vier Vorlesungen sowie aus Laborpraktika. Mit der Betreuung sind beide sehr zufrieden: "Im ganzen Studiengang sind wir nur etwa 15 Leute – die Professoren kennen uns alle, so dass man rasch und unkompliziert mit ihnen kommunizieren kann." [mehr...]

Course of study Materials Chemistry
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
 
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
 
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Admission restriction No
Application deadline 15.01.2018 for summer semester 2018
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
 
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page www.uni-saarland.de/materialchemie