Course Information

Advanced Materials - Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science program "Advanced Materials" deals with modern, innovative materials with special properties at atomic/molecular scale and a pronounced potential for application in science, technology and medicine. The program is strongly research oriented and offers students to focus on either "Nanomaterials" (nanoscaled materials with e.g. special electrical or optical traits or quantum effects) or "Biomaterials" (materials e.g. employed in cell culture, drug delivery, surgery and dental implants).

An international and interdisciplinary program taught entirely in English, "Advanced Materials" is designed for both international and German students, who have earned a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering in physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, electrical engineering or other programs relating to materials/materials properties.

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum


Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • next winter semester: 01.10.2021
Language of instruction
  • English
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points


Standard period of study (semester)


More about the course

Students will acquire competent knowledge in the following areas:

  • Hands-on experience in physics and materials science labs
  • Scientific working methods and current research in the nano-/biomaterials field
  • Scientific competency as well as professional skills in the application range of modern materials science


  • Scope of the program: Scientific principles, experimental research, analytical methods and applications in the interdisciplinary fields of nanomaterials and biomaterials
  • Emphasis on lab work: Students get trained in conducting scientific experiments, recording and analyzing experimental data. Lab courses deal with modern physics and materials, materials science, materials used in medicine and employment of modern analytical methods and devices.
  • Independent research project: For completion of the program students work independently on an experimental master´s thesis project in an area/institute of their choice.
  • Multidisciplinarity: The master program aims at getting together students, teachers and researchers from different disciplines in natural sciences and engineering science.

 Educational requirements to be met by future students:

  • Solid undergraduate education in mathematics and physics or mathematics and chemistry.
  • Good basic knowledge in materials science is beneficial.
  • Willingness to close potential gaps in basic knowledge in mathematics, natural sciences and materials sciences quickly. Students will attend demanding intensive courses that summarize basics and lead to advanced topics fast.
  • Willingness to actively participate in classes, labs and seminars.
  • Social skills to live and study in a multicultural, scientifically and personally stimulating environment.

PLEASE NOTE: Application for Biomaterials Focus is NOT possible for Winter 2019/2020.

For more information  please check the website of Advanced Materials.

e.g. Time tables; project work; downloads...

How to apply

Start of application period 16th January
End of application period

15th March 

Start of the programme October


The Biomaterials branch of Advanced Materials will not be offered next winter semesters.
Interested students are encouraged to apply for the closely related Biophysics Master instead, for more information please see here.

Academic Requirements MSc programme “Advanced Materials":

1.    Bachelor degree

a.    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science or Electrical Engineering or in other programmes relating to materials/material properties.

b.    Duration of Bachelor programme: at least 3 years.

2.    Bachelor course work in either Mathematics and Physics or Mathematics and Chemistry each basically 2 courses of 3 hours per week and semester or comparable course work to be evidenced by course information on official transcript of records.

3.    Fundamental skills in natural sciences, materials science and/ or engineering sciences*

4.    Proof of sufficient English language skills at level C 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

 This is proven by:
- 7.0 points or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); if the score and Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level are given at the same time, the higher level of language proficiency will be recognised,
- Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English at the Cambridge exam,
- 490 (listening), 455 (reading), 200 (speaking) and 200 (writing) points or better in the Test of English for International Communication (scale 10-990) (TOEIC),
- 95 points or better in the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based (TOEFL iBT institution code 8407),
- Level III or level IV for UNIcert® or
GER C1 level or higher, e. g. indicated on the higher education entrance qualification. A language proficiency level of CEF C1 or lower is not recognized.
- an examination (university level) in the area of English language with an expressly stated C1 level, indicated by the Transcript of Records.
This does not apply to applicants whose native language is English.

* These essential skills may be gained by passing the pre master course offered by Ulm University.

Please follow the link to the Online Registration (available during the application phase).

You will be asked to enter the following data: personal data, information on bachelor degree and the university where you obtained it, information on your current academic status.

At the end of the online registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. 

Documents to be downloaded before closing the online registration:

  • Data View of your records showing the data you entered
  • Cover Sheet for the application package, it carries your application number

After completing the online registration, please proceed to fill the Application form .xlsx

Read me: "How to complete the application form"

Note:  Forms completed in handwriting are not accepted!

It is very important that the application form is filled correctly with information on the grading system at your university as well as information on the courses you attended. If the application form is not filled properly, your application may be rejected.

Upload a signed version of the form along with the other documents (see confirmation e-mail).

Please enter all the required data:

  • Application number, received during the online registration.
  • Grading system at your university:
    Does a credit point or credit hour system exist at your university? Please enter the max. grade and min. passing grade.
  • Final grade of your bachelor's degree or current grade point average (GPA) of all courses (if you have not yet finished the bachelor programme).
  • Courses details: title, credit points/credit hours earned, grade (it has to be consistent with the max/min passing grade entered). Please copy the title exactly as it is stated on your transcript of records, all the information entered have to be retrievable in your transcript.

Please let us know if you need assistance to complete the form.

The application documents must be

uploaded in electronic form (link provided in the confirmation e-mail) before 15th March.

We do not accept documents sent by fax or attached to e-mails.

Application documents: 
  • Cover sheet -automatically generated at the end of the online registration. Please upload the signed the cover sheet!
  • Application form: completely filled form, with all the infromation on your Bachelor studies. Please upload the signed application form!
  • Curriculum vitae, 2 pages maximum, application number must be reported on top. Please upload the signed CV!
  • Transcripts of records for all semesters/terms of the bachelor programme reporting your final GPA. Information entered in the application form has to be retrievable on the transcripts. Please highlight information on the grading system stated on the transcript.
  • Bachelor's degree certificate with final bachelor grade. If bachelor not yet granted: record of all achievements and examination results obtained so far with grade point average (GPA)
  • Score report of English test meeting our standards (for details check “Admission Requirements”)
  • Two reference letters by university professors (bachelor university). The letters must be signed by the referee and carry an original, official institution seal. Recommendation from company staff and other persons not affiliated with a university are not accepted.
  • Motivation letter:  please state in your own words why you choose to apply for the "Advanced Materials" programme at Ulm University and how you hope to benefit from it. Be specific about your personal interests in the field and your future plans. Your statement must not be longer than one page. The application number must be reported on top. Please upload the signed motivation letter!
  • APS-certificate: has to be provided by students from PR China and Vietnam only
  • Officially certified translations of all documents to English or German (if originals are not written in English or German)
Please note:
  • Application is not valid if documents are sent without prior online registration.
  • Do not send any certificates not related to your academic or professional qualifications.
  • All copies must be easily readable!

Professional Prospects

  • Research and development, production, service, sales and distribution of functional nano- and biomaterials
  • Technological areas, nanomaterials: Optoelectronics and laser technology, semiconductor technology, energy technology (fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics), sensor technology
  • Technological areas, biomaterials: Medical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, food industry
  • Specialized applications

  • PhD in Germany and all over the world
  • Teaching
  • Research

Campus life

Tuition Fees are only applicable for second degree and international students. Further Infomation can be found here. Additionally the university and the students union (Studierendenwerk Ulm) currently charge administrative fees approximately amounting to 165 € each semester. Students admitted to the "Advanced Materials" program will be asked to pay these fees for the following winter term immediately after they accepted admission.

Living expenses
A student at Ulm University will face the following living expenses :
•    University/students union administrative fee: ~ 165 € each semester
•    Health insurance: 80 € each month
•    Rent: approximately 300 € each month
•    Public transportation (semester ticket): 115 € each semester
•    General cost of living (depending on the lifestyle): approximately 300 € each month
Expenses per year: Approximately 8700 €
Expenses for the regular duration of the program (2 years): Approximately 17 400 €

Financial Assistance
Information on scholarship programs can be found at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). Typically, students will have to apply for a scholarship one year ahead of time. Ulm University does not offer any additional scholarships for incoming students.

Proof of Financial Resources

Typically, proof of financial resources of at least 700 € per month will be necessary to obtain a student visa. Additionally, many German embassies require students to prove that they dispose of a specific amount of money (approx. 8000 €) on a German bank account before a visa will be issued. Please inquire at the German embassy in your country for specific requirements.

Students admitted to the programme are advised to book a room in a student dormitory. This request is a part of our Acceptance letter.

There are four dorms downtown (25 min bus drive to the campus) and one near the campus (walking distance). All rooms are one person rooms and fully furnished. You share kitchen (with all cooking facilities) and bathroom with a few persons; according to the type of dorm this can be 2 to 12 persons. There are no dorms exclusively for men or women, however some appartments may be women only.

Student Dormitories in Ulm

  • The main dormitories are the dormitory complexes "Heilmeyersteige" and "Manfred-Börner-Straße" at walking distance from the University and the dormitory "Gutenbergstraße" downtown.
  • overview of student dormitories run by the Studierendenwerk Ulm (students housing office)

Monthly rent: between 240 Euro and 400 Euro .

  • We recommend that students do not work during 1st semester.
  • There is a limited number of student assistant positions (HiWi) available at the institutes participating in the MSc program “Advanced Materials”.
  • There is no financial compensation for master´s thesis work done at University of Ulm.
  • Info Work Regulations for Students (International Office, University of Ulm)

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