FAQs for Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Prospective Students

Applicants are required to have an excellent Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related subjects. Examples for related subjects are: Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Life Science Engineering, Medical Technology and Energy Technology and comparable degrees.

All applicants from Vietnam and China (not Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan) do need an APS certificate. The APS certificate is essential for the application process. Unfortunately, it is not possible to accept someone with a missing APS certificate, where it is required.

The application deadline is 1 June. Non-EU citizens are encouraged to submit their applications until 31 March, to have sufficient time for their visa applications. The application deadline for the MAP scholarship is 31 March.

We do require either a TOEFL or an IELTS test from all applicants whose previous degree was not conducted in English. In a TOEFL test applicants should at least reach 85 points. In an IELTS test applicants should at least reach an average of 6. These scores are equivalent to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

No. We do only require scanned copies for the application. Upon acceptance, we will inform you about the subsequent formal process in all detail

Please apply via the FAU online application form using the electronic system campo before the application deadline of 1 June. If you are unable to submit the complete set of documentation before the application deadline, you may submit the missing document(s) after the application deadline has passed by sending an electronic copy to the  MAP application team. Please check the size of your files as we have a 5 MB limit. There is no guarantee that the newly submitted documents will be taken into consideration by the MAP admission board.

We are aware that degree certificates are not provided right away, and some applicants may still be in their last semester. In this case it is sufficient to provide some proof that you either have completed your studies or that you are still studying, including the estimated end of study. If a provisional certificate has been issued, please submit this document.

In the short cover letter we would like you to state your connection to MAP and your motivation to study our programme. This document serves as your letter of application and should for example include your professional interests and background. The letter should be around one page but no more than two pages in length.

The MAP Admission Board meets several times during the admission season (January to July). Once the Admission Board has assessed your application, we will inform you on the decision.

There is no tuition fee at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. The only fees to pay consist of the semester contribution to the Student Services fee and to the basic semester ticket.

There are up to 30 places per year. 333 students have started the  MAP prgramme since 2005.

The Elite Master’s Programme Advanced Materials and Processes was established in the winter semester 2005/06.

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. Several excursions to renowned German companies and institutes will be offered during your MAP studies. Additionally, many of our graduates find excellent positions and become leaders in industry. The MAP team organizes opportunities for exchange between our alumni and students on a regular basis through a variety of events and an active social media group.

The chances to get one of the highly demanded student jobs in the university are 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 approach the respective professor directly. Please consider that the workload of the MAP curriculum is high 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.

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.

MAP is examined through written or oral exams, student presentations as well as through literature reviews, miniprojects 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 is to 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.

The MAP students from 2005 to 2019 originate from about 52 different countries from all over the world. We are always pleased to welcome a student from a “new” country!