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Posted: Dec 23, 2012
EU grants for international master's or doctorate in materials science
(Nanowerk News) Students with a background in science or engineering can apply for a binational AMASE master's degree including a grant from the European Union. Doctoral students can also carry out international research in materials science at the universities of Saarland, Barcelona, Nancy, Lulea and/or Linköping. The European School of Materials Science and Engineering (EUSMAT) at Saarland University is there to assist you. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 January 2013.
For the AMASE master's programme, universities in France, Spain and Sweden have built a network together with Saarland University. This programme is supported by the European Union and aims at attracting students from all over the world to come to Europe. European students are also eligible for the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships. Upon obtention, the regular tuition fees are omitted. AMASE students must study at two of the four partner universities and learn the local language. Students with a German Bachelor's degree that receive a scholarship must complete their master's degree at two of the partner universities.
The graduate student Isabella Schramm benefits from the atom probe tomography in Saarbrucken.
Even doctoral students in materials science are funded by the European Union. They can carry out their research at Saarland University and at one of the partner universities in Spain, France or Sweden. Supervised by scientists from both countries, they must spend at least half a year abroad. The defence of the thesis takes place in the two countries and is recognised by both. The undergraduate and graduate students are closely supervised by the European School of Materials Science and Engineering at Saarland University. They do not only advise on academia, but also clarify visa matters, help with accommodations and offer intercultural training.
So far, some 180 graduate students from 35 countries have received a binational degree in materials science and engineering. They have joined together in an alumni network to help students from around the world get started. Furthermore, EUSMAT has linked with research institutes and industrial partners in order to offer students internships and practical research projects. International enterprises offer highly qualified jobs in Europe to EUSMAT graduate students.
A dozen professors teach and research in Materials Science and Engineering at Saarland University. Few universities in Germany have put such a strong focus on this area. Located on campus, the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP), the Institute for New Materials (INM) and the Steinbeis Research Centre for Materials Science (MECS) are closely linked to university research. Students in Materials Science and Engineering in Saarbrucken can choose between the national bachelor and master programme, the international bachelor programme Atlantis, which includes the United States, and the two European master programmes, AMASE and EEIGM. All international degree programmes are coordinated and promoted by the European School of Materials Science and Engineering (EUSMAT) at the University of Saarland since 2008. This organisation is directed by Frank Mücklich, Professor of Functional Materials at Saarland University, who is also the director of the Steinbeis Research Center for Materials Science (MECS).