The Master's programme "Microfabrication and Nanostructures" at Saarland University offers students a productive combination of the knowledge-driven perspective of physics with the application-oriented approach of the engineering sciences. The focus of the programme is on miniaturization. With its combination of nanostructure physics and microsystems engineering, the M.Sc. course in Saarbrücken is unique in Germany. The broad, interdisciplinary, research-focused curriculum also offers scope for students to pursue areas of interest in a field ranging from the engineering perspective of microsystems technology to the physics of nanotechnology. As the M.Sc. programme is part of "Nano-Bio-Med", one of the three major research themes at Saarland University, students on the Master's degree programme "Microfabrication and Nanostructures" enjoy an excellent study and research environment.

Students take taught courses in the core areas "Physics" and "Microsystems Engineering" and can extend and consolidate their knowledge by choosing specialist compulsory elective modules, lab courses and practical training from the wide range of modules on offer. General elective modules are also offered that provide additional opportunities for students to strengthen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in technical areas and to acquire additional interdisciplinary academic skills in such fields as business and economics or language proficiency. Students can also gain academic credits by working as university teaching or tutorial assistants or by completing an extended practical work-experience phase. A laboratory project and accompanying project seminar serve to equip students with the skills needed to complete the final-year Master's research project that is carried out in close cooperation with one of the departmental research groups.

Graduates from the M.Sc. programme "Microfabrication and Nanostructures" have a wide range of career options. They can choose to carry out research either in academia (by joining a doctoral research programme) or in industry. Equally, the rapidly growing markets in microengineering and nanotechnology offer graduates opportunities to work in manufacturing and development, in measurement, testing and instrumentation, or in quality assurance in such diverse fields as medical technology and engineering, the automotive industry, the aviation and aerospace industries or in communications technology.

Course of study Microfabrication and Nanostructures
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Can be studied as Single-subject programme
   
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
   
Start of programme Winter semester (recommended) or summer semester
Application deadline 01.09.2014 for winter semester 2014/15
Where to apply Online application portal
   
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Department of Physics and Department of Mechatronics