faq

How long does the MAP programme exist?

How many places are in the programme?

When and where can I apply?

What are the admission requirements?

What title do I have after successful completion of the program?

Which documents are necessary for application?

When will I get information about my application status?

How much is the tuition fee?

Is a scholarship available?

How do I best prepare for MAP?

What are the research emphases?

What about industry contacts?

Is it possible to get a student job?

Do MAP students get special support during the program?

How do the exams look like?

Where are the MAP students from?

 

How long does the study programme exist?
The Elite Master's Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes was established in the winter semester 2005/06.

How many places are in the programme?
There are up to 30 places per year. 177 students have joined MAP since it began.

When and where can I apply?
You should send your application directly to the MAP office. Please note that the application procedure consists of several stages. At a first step, fill in the online application form to be found under "Prospective Students". After having done that, please send the supporting documents to the Map-office using the following email-address: map-applications(at)fau.de. Please note, that we will check full application packages only.

The application deadline for Germans and EU citizens is July 15th. Foreign applicants from countries which require a visa for Germany must apply until March 31th at the latest.

What are the admission requirements?

  • An above-average bachelor degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science or related subjects
  • A grade of 1,9 (German grading system) or better; applicants should belong to the best 10 to 15 % of their year.
  • Very good knowledge of the English language that has to be certified by TOEFL or an equivalent test system.

What title do I have after successful completion of the programme?
MAP graduates get the title “Master of Science with honours“.

Which documents are necessary for application?

  • Curriculum vitae/Resumé with photo
  • Short cover letter
  • High school/secondary school leaving certificate or university entrance certificate
  • University degree certificates (if not available, yet, an up-to-date transcript)
  • International transcript of courses attended at university
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores if the previous degree was not conducted in English
  • APS certificate (Chinese applicants only)
  • Certificate(s) of industrial internship(s) attended
  • Only if you are applying for a MAP Scholarship: A statement explaining your reasons for applying for the scholarship

 

When will I get information about my application status?
The academic committee of MAP meets several times during the admissions season (January to July). Once your application has been assessed by the committee will will inform you of the decision.

How much is the tuition fee?
There is no tuition fee at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. A student union contribution of 112 Euros per semester must be paid.

Is a scholarship available?
Yes, currently, one scholarship is available. Each scholarship is awarded for one year. The scholarship is awarded with regards to several different criteria such as study performance and neediness. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please indicate so in your application. You also have to write a short motivation letter explaining why you apply for the scholarship. Since we are not able to fund all our students and since the competition is fierce, we highly recommend that you also look for other external funding possibilities such as DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarships.

What about industrial contacts?
The institutes making up the Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments have many industrial contacts which can also be used by MAP students. In addition there are several trips to well-known German companies taking place within the MAP curriculum.

Is it possible to get a student job?
The chances to get one of the highly demanded student jobs in the university are very good. It just takes a certain amount of initiative of the students. Notes on the institutes’ notice boards sometimes show job offers. There is also the option to go to the respective professor directly and ask for a job. Having said that, please consider, that the workload is especially high in the first semester, and that professors prefer to employ students, who are known to them from lectures etc. Thus, most research assistantships are available from the second semester onwards.

Do MAP students get special support during the programme?
The MAP office is the central drop-in center if you need to talk about your worries, wishes, concerns or points of criticism. It is also the place where all basic aspects of the programme are clarified. The MAP chairs and the focal subject chairs are also points of contact for academic issues.

How do the exams look like?
MAP is examined through written or oral exams, student presentations as well as through review articles (2nd Semester), miniprojects (2nd and 3rd Semester) and a Master's thesis. Oral exams can be a talk to clarify your state of knowledge without a mark (you just pass or fail), or an exam with a mark. Sometimes the exams consist of a presentation that has to be prepared by the student in advance and be held during the exam. All grades that you achieve during the programme are part of the final grade although various grades are weighted more than others.

Where are the MAP students from?
Altogether, the students of the programme from 2005 to 2014 have come from almost 30 different countries from all over the world so far. We are always pleased when we can welcome someone from a new country.