Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich enjoys a centuries-old tradition and today is one of the most internationally renowned and strongest research universities in Germany.
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One of the leading research universities in Europe


Since its founding in 1472, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) has been committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching.

At LMU 18 faculties with around 800 professors and 5.800 academic staff cover the broad spectrum of all fields of knowledge: from humanities and cultural studies to law, economics and social sciences to medicine and the natural sciences.
LMU currently hosts 52,000 students, about 19% come from abroad.

The expertise and dedication of its faculties and staff are the basis for LMU’s distinguished record in research, and for the University’s consistently high rating in national and international rankings. In addition to Nobel Prizes, its faculties and alumni have won many other distinctions, including Leibniz Prizes, Humboldt Professorships, and the prestigious grants of the European Research Council. This is also reflected in LMU ‘s designation as a University of Excellence in the context of the nationwide Excellence Strategy to promote top-level university research.



LMU Munich


With degree programs available in 150 subjects in numerous combinations, the array of courses we have to offer is extremely wide. Some 47,000 students, 16 percent of whom come to us from abroad, are currently taking advantage of these opportunities. They view their studies as an investment in the future, a launching pad for their later careers. We put our faith in imagination, open minds and creative intelligence.

MaMaSELF students will be enrolled in the international Master’s program Geomaterials and Geochemistry, which is a cooperation of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM). The structure of the M.Sc. program enables specialization in a cross-disciplinary range of designed modules encompassing applied mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, materials sciences, petrology, and volcanology. While the program comprises a series of mandatory modules, it also provides various ways for individual specialization via a large variety of elective modules.


Crystals form the basis for the structure of matter. In our institute we deal with the structures of crystals, their growth and their material properties on a submicroscopic scale. The questions range from application-related materials science to understanding geological processes and the structure of the earth. This bridges the gap between the micro- and nanocosm and the macrocosm.

Applied mineralogy

Research objects in applied mineralogy include new materials (such as high-temperature superconductors or shape-memory alloys), ceramics, glass, building materials, slag, ash and binders, to name just a few examples.


Village of millions, Isar-Athens, Bavarian Silicon Valley, Italy's most northern city: Hardly any metropolis has as many nicknames as Munich. This is no coincidence - but the attempt to encompass the diversity of the city between Marienplatz, the Olympic Stadium and the English Garden in one term. Whether in the beer garden or while shopping, whether in the opera or at a football game - in Munich both locals and tourists enjoy pure life!
The friendly Bavarian mentality, very diverse and varied cultural offerings, many green spaces, safety, the city, which can usually be reached on foot, and of course the good beer and the numerous beer gardens: these are the most important points and definitely make a stay in Munich worthwhile.