Study Program

The MaMaSELF Master is an interdisciplinary course in Materials science, physics and chemistry lasting two years. Students can choose to study in 2 or 3 different highly recognized European universities
Mamaself students

Master's benefits

The programme is open to following backgrounds: physics, chemistry, materials science, physics engineering, materials science and engineering, geomaterials.

Fundamentals and applications of materials, as well as the use of large scale facilities are taught during the Master in a coherent and complementary way through different possible mobility paths among the consortium partners.

Many opportunities of internship or master-thesis placement are provided inside the consortium and among the academic, large scale facilities and industrial partners. Students gain experience and adaptability through different teaching approaches and through.

Within the MaMaSELF network, students get in touch with teachers, researchers, alumni offering a wide range of opportunities for students.

Masters benefits

The program at a glance

  • Multidisciplinarity: Physics, Chemistry, Materials science, Modelisation.
  • Wide open vision of innovation in Materials science
  • Close contact with industrial and academic research
  • Internships, Master thesis proposals
  • International Master & network : professors, researchers, students, alumnis
  • Enhanced communication in English

After completion of the program the student will

  • Demonstrate solid knowledge and skills allowing him/ her to solve problems related to materials and their technological applications or process
  • Be autonomous, able of managing research or industrial projects
  • Able to communicate in an effective manner, in English in addition to his/her mother tongue
  • demonstrate rigor, openness, critical thinking and a sense of ethics in work.


The MaMaSelf Master Course is lasting two years. Students spend the first year in one out of the five consortium universities, which consists of lectures in different fields of Materials Science (see table) and is credited 60 ECTS points. The first semester of the second year consists in lectures at another university of the consortium (30 ects). The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master thesis (30 ECTS), and students will move to another institution.

The Master thesis can be conducted at one of the consortium universties or at partner institutions in Japan, , India, Brazil, USA. Switzerland, Finland, as well as  at Large Scale Facilities such as PSI (Villigen, CH), the FRM-II (Munich, D),at DESY (Hamburg, D), the ILL or ESRF (Grenoble, F), Synchrotron Soleil (Paris, F), the LLB (CEA-Saclay, F), Elettra (IT), Alba (ES), Solaris (PL), Diamond (GB) etc

The Mamaself Master covers 120 ECTS credit points. Please find below the content of the program at each university (M = Mandatory course, E = Eligible course).


  • Mamaself students Mamaself students will receive at least 2 diploma delivered by the Universities where they have stayed:
  • University of Rennes: Master of Science Mention Physics or Mention Chemistry, "Master in Materials science"
  • University of Montpellier: Master of Science, "Chimie matériaux et procédés pour l'Energie et le développement durable"
  • University TUM: "Master of Science in Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)"
  • University LMU: Master of Science, "Master in Geomaterials and Geochemistry"
  • University of Torino: Master of Science, "Laurea Magistrale in Scienzia dei Materiali"
  • Adam Mickiewicz University : Magister Fizyki

University of Rennes

Lab at the institute of Physics of Rennes

First year

Crystallography, Quantum Mechanics, Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry of Materials, Metals and Alloys, Semiconductors, Nanomaterials.
Study plan Master1 :

Second year

Neutron Sources and Synchrotron Radiation Facilities (summerschool), Condensed Matter, Magnetic Nanostructures, Industrial Materials, Biomaterials, Management and Logistic, Thin Films.

Optional Courses concern:

Nanomaterials, Sensors, Polymers; Surface and Interface Physics, Properties of Heterogeneous and Complex Media, Cooperativity: Phase Transitions and Transport, Magneto-transport and Spin electronics; Management and strategy in Europe; Legal environment and European institutions.

A visit is organised every year to the neutron reactor of Laboratory Leon Brillouin (LLB), CEA, at Saclay and Soleil the French synchrotron radiation source at Saint Aubin, close to Paris. This visit represents the first occasion for Mamaself students to come in close contact with Large Scale Facilities. 

Program Mamaself UR - (74.63 KB)

University of Montpellier

Crystallography and Large Scale Facilities, Quantum Mechanics, Chemical reactivity of mateerials, thermodynamics of solids, Spectroscopy, Inorganic materials and Polymer) Hypbrids, Management, Entrepeneurship
Lectures at UM.

Program Mamaself UM - (105.09 KB)

Technical University Munich (TUM)

Student with Bretzel in Munich

First year : advanced theoretical physics, continuum mechanics, advanced lab courses in different fields of physics, polymerphysics, modern x.ray physics, physics with neutrons, physics with positrons, reactor physics.
Second year: Large Scale Facilities for Materials Science: Neutron Courses and Synchrotrons (Summer School); Physics with Neutrons, advanced lab courses in different fields of physics; polymerphysics, modern x.ray physics, physics with neutrons, physics with positrons, reactor physics.

Masterthesis (12 months with lecture research and specialization, methodology, project planning
To get admission at TUM Physics department you must hold a degree that is comparable to the Physics Bachelor at TUM (see; special attention is payed to the theoretical physics, the condensed matter physics, the nuclear and particle physics and a thesis). Please also upload course descriptions in your application.

Programme LMU - TUM Elective courses.pdf - (51.6 KB) Programme TUM.pdf - (48.07 KB)

Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU)

First year:
Heterogeneous systems, structure determination, high resolution microscopy, polarization microscopy, powder diffraction, analytical methods in Geochemistry
Second year:
Large Scale Facilities for Materials Science: Neutron Courses and Synchrotrons (Summer School); research project in the field of geoscience, physics, chemistry; synthesis and processing, spectroscopy, advanced materials science, bio mineralization, mineral surfaces, physics and chemistry of melts.
masterthesis (22 weeks)

Programme LMU - TUM Elective courses.pdf - (51.6 KB) Programme LMU.pdf - (59.87 KB)

University of Turin

Mandatory courses concern:

Large Scale Facilities for Materials Science: Neutron Sources and Synchrotrons (Summer School); Nanostructures in Metals: thermodynamics, phase transformations, properties and laboratory; Advanced Solid State Physics: Superconducting and Optical Properties of Solids; Ab-initio Modelling in Materials Science and Applications; Physical Chemistry of Surfaces with Laboratory; Complements of Crystallography.

Optional Courses concern:

Nanomaterials; Recent History of Materials Science: Profile and Internet Resources.

Programme UNITO.pdf - (73.92 KB)

Adam Mickiewisz University

Lectures at AMU in Poland are avilable for th esecond year, 3rd semester of the Mamaself program.

Mamaself students at AMU Mamaself students at AMU

Mandatory courses concern:

Solid State physics
Methods of fabrication and analysis of conducting nanostructures, Magnetism, magnetic materials , Introduction to neutron scattering, Signal and energy processing in nanopatterned materials, Physical properties of 1D and 2D materials, electric and thermoelectric transport at the nanoscale.

Soft Matter and Organic-Inorganic Hybrids
Molecular simulation of soft matter, Biophotovoltaic materials, Thermodynamics of Electrolyte Solutions, Computational Studies of Electronic Structure of Nanosystems, Bionanostructures, Liquids in Confinement; Quasi-high pressure effects in nanopores, : Sunlight energy conversion.
Practical lectures : see detailed program

Programme AMU.pdf - (85.48 KB)