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Advanced Materials (M.Sc.)

Taught in German


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This Master's course offers the possibility to acquire a double degree. Double Degree programmes are available with Osaka University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan) and the University of Padua (Italy).


The Master's course "Advanced Materials" is a consecutive study programme, which is based on a completed  Bachelor's degree in Advanced Materials or a Bachelor’s degree with a broad natural sciences education with adequate knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics and with a clearly-shown emphasis in chemistry and physics. Further information about the admission can be found under "Application"

The degree programme is offered in cooperation with faculty 07 (physics) and faculty 08 (chemistry).

During the master's degree course, students acquire a material science expertise with the possibility to select a clear focus area in the material science research.

Beside the essential study contents, students acquire advanced laboratory-related technical skills, as well as the ability to constitute and present contents independently and in a context-related manner.

In the Bachelor's degree course, students already aquired the ability to resolve problems by means of innovative ideas which will be enhanced in the Master’s degree course through independent processing of smaller research projects especially within the Master’s thesis.


Subject-specific prerequisites

Beside a knowledge of natural science, students applying should have a good knowledge of English.

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since 23 June 2005

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

The 4-semester course of studies consists of one year of basic studies and one year of more detailed and specialised studies. It consists of 14 modules.


1st / 2nd semester

In each of the 1st and 2nd semester five modules must be selected:

  • two chemical modules,
  • two physical modules and
  • one elective module


chemical module

students have to choose two out of the three follwing chemical module groups:

  • Functional Organic and Soft Materials (module, 1st semester) and
    Organic Materials, Preparation and Properties (module, 2nd semester)
  • Solid State and Material Chemistry (module, 1st semester)
    Modern Concepts of Inorganic Chemistry (module, 2nd semester)
  • Physical Chemistry 4 – Characterization of Matter (module, 1st semester) and
    Physical Chemistry 5 – Interface Chemistry (module. 2nd semester)

physical module

Apart from that, 2 modules must be chosen from the 3 following physical module groups:

  • Physics of Semiconductors I (module, 1st semester) and
    Physics of Semiconductors II (module, 2nd semester)
  • Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces I (module, 1st semester)
    Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces II (module. 2nd semester)
  • Fundamentals of Solid State Theory (module, 1st semester) and
    Solid State Body Theory (module, 2nd semester)


elective module

In addition, students have to select an elective module for the 1st and for the 2nd semester.


3rd / 4th semester

In-depth- and sepcialisation modules

With this, the establishment of the topic area of the Master`s thesis begins. First a chemistry element and a physics element are continued in the in-depth module, at the same time, in the specialisation module the students broaden their knowledge of the topic area of the Master`s thesis and become acquainted with special literature, apparatus and theoretical techniques. Practical exercises are characteristic of this section. The reports from the specialisation module serve as a preparation for the project for the Master`s thesis and will be attached to it. In this way a connection is made with the level of a natural science study programme   which has placed German graduates ahead of international job applicants in this field.
In the specialisation and thesis module the students work together in a team with the Bachelor students and doctoral students of a working group. With this they learn to work with machines, equipment and software programmes and learn and deepen other preparation and characterization techniques of their particular field. The relevant specific literature is introduced in the work groups in English and in the seminar the working programmes for the various qualification levels are presented and discussed. At the same time the Master students also introduce the Bachelor students to working academically and so qualify themselves in the field of teaching (learning by teaching).


Master's thesis

The final Master's thesis in the fourth semester leads to the second degree qualifying for a profession: Master of Science.  In the Master's thesis students must show that they are able to work academically and independently on a limited concrete topic for a limited period and present their findings to the academic world. The Master`s thesis is to be presented in the working group, discussed by the colleagues and defended and evaluated by two examiners.


Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

More on this... ("Spezielle Ordnung")


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master's course is a completed  Bachelor's degree in Advanced Materials.

The board of examiners can accept other courses of study as equivalent after individual examination. The admission may hold conditions of additional academic performances (comprising up to 18cp) which have to be presented within the first 2 semesters. These additional academic performances are not part of the Master's course.

The previous coures of study must show a broad natural sciences education with adequate knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics and with a clearly-shown emphasis in chemistry and physics.

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career options

Career option

As a graduate you are qualified for leading positions in

  • material-scientific-oriented enterprises in the manufacturing sector,
  • public administration,
  • the field of testing,
  • consulting,
  • engineering offices, 
  • duties and responsibilities in research and development or
  • doing your doctorate


Doctoral Studies at JLU

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree for the degree Dr. rer. nat.


Graduate Centres

International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences


International: incomings

Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)

Departmental contact persons:

Faculty 07

Faculty 08



International Office
General counseling of international students
Dr. Saltanat Rakhimzhanova, Patrycja Zakrzewska

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact and office hours

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!


Subject Advisors

Subject Advisors

Faculty 07

Dr. Jörg Schörmann
I. Physikalisches Institut
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16
35392 Giessen

Phone: +49 (0) 641 - 99 33122

Faculty 08

Prof. Dr. Bernd Smarsly
Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17
35392 Giessen

Phone: +49 (0) 641 - 99 34590


Central Study Advisor

Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk