The duration of the Mamaself Masters course is two years (120 ECTS credits). The academic programme is split into two years with 60 ECTS credits for each. The language of instruction and examination is English. The student will stay one year in one institution and a second second in another institution. It is not possible to stay the two years at the same site in Munich. The second year will be split in two semesters : the first one at a university, the second one is dedicated to the Master thesis project and can be conducted at another university or at Large Scale Facilities.
The first year consists of lectures and practicals at one out of the five universities yielding 60 ECTS. This part of teaching ”Materials Science” will take place at one of the 5 universities : University Rennes1, University of Montpellier, Techsnische Universität München and Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, University of Torino.
The second academic year will start with a summer school of two weeks, where both lectures and practicals (comprehensively corresponding to 7 ECTS) will offer an excellent introduction into the use of “Large Scale Facilities”. The core of the lectures will all be given by the scientists responsible of the Master in each of the consortium universities (W. Paulus, P. Rabiller, W. Petry and W. Schmahl, E. Borfecchia), all having a strong expertise in this area. Each year the core lectures will be supported by specific seminars given by other university colleagues and by researchers directly coming from national or European Large Scale Facilities centers.
During these two weeks, the topic of the Master thesis panel and procedure will be presented to the students.
- Third semester
During the third semester each student has to shift to a different university among the 6 universities. The third semester consists in lectures and practicals (30 ECTS, cf programme in each university of the consortium).
- Master thesis
During the fourth semester the student will undergo the Master thesis work which will also yield 30 ECTS. The thesis work will take at least 5 months. The subject is often related to the use of Large Scale Facilities for applied or academic research topics.
The Master thesis can be conducted at the consortium universities, the partner institutions or at LSF.
The research topic can be supervised and located at large Scale Facilities, but will then be jointly supervised by an advisor of one of the consortium institutions. The research work is finalised by a written dissertation, wich must be defended in front of a comittee.
Scientists coming from all over the world
During the program, there will also be a teaching contribution from invited lecturers coming from all over the world: Japan (University of Kyoto, Institute of Materials Research, and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Brazil (University of Sao Paulo), ChemMatCars University of Chicago, Michigan State University (USA), Mc Master University (Canada), IIT Madras (India), Edinburgh University (UK).
In the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program, students must have 2 mobilities different from their home country.
If you are Non -European : you can choose any of the countries of the Mamaself consortium (mobilities must be approved by the Mamaself conosrtium), you must change country between year 1 and year 2. Non-EU students who benefit from the Erasmus Mundus scholarship should not spend more than 3 months outside Europe during the 2 years of the program.