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 others.

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 deadline of 31 March applies to all international applicants, who do not own citizenship in a European country. It even applies to those international applicants living in Germany. The deadline of 15 July only applies to those applicants who own citizenship in a European country. In case there are still questions about which dealine applies to you, please directly contact us via the contact form contact form.

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. If you have been accepted we will inform you about the following procedure in detail.

All supporting documents should be provided within 2 weeks after submitting the online application. Please be aware that we can only consider complete application packages.

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 then.

In the short cover letter we would like you to state your connection to MAP. This includes for example your professional interests and background.

The academic committee of MAP meets several times during the admissions season (January to July). Once the committee has assessed your application, we will inform you on the decision.

There is no tuition fee at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. A student union contribution of 113 Euros per semester must be paid.

There are up to 30 places per year. 205 students have joined MAP since it began.

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. In addition, there are several trips to well-known German companies taking place within the MAP curriculum.

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.

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.

Altogether, the students of the programme from 2005 to 2016 have come from about 30 different countries from all over the world so far. We are always pleased when we can welcome someone from a new country.