The program - interdisciplinary offered by the faculties of Geosciences and Chemistry - has the goal to convey scientific core competencies from various disciplines of the participating subjects and in particular skills and knowledge in the fields of production, analysis and characterization of materials. Thus, basic, methodological and material-specific aspects complement each other to an integrative view of materials science and natural science issues.
In the first semester, courses on the analytical methods and the basics of the subdisciplines chemistry, crystallography, materials science and mineralogy bring all students to the same level of knowledge. From the second semester the two profiles Chemistry and Mineralogy are available. The master thesis extends over the fourth semester. The degree program will be followed by an oral exam in the form of a colloquium.
Detailed description of the courses and modules is provided on the program's website (http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=597&langid=EN).
I. Mandatory part (42 CP):
- Analytical Methods I + II (12 CP)
- Mineralogy (6 CP)
- Crystallography (6 CP)
- Chemistry (6 CP)
- Materials Science (6 CP)
- General Studies (6 CP)
II. Elective part (36 CP):
Students can choose from the offers of the profiles Chemistry and Mineralogy. The profile area covers the second and third semesters.
- Profile Chemistry: modules ranging from 18 to 30 CP from the offer of the profile Chemistry and modules ranging from 6 to 18 CP from the offer of the profile Mineralogy.
- Profile Mineralogy: modules ranging from 18 to 30 CP from the offer of the profile Mineralogy and modules ranging from 6 to 18 CP from the offer of the profile Chemistry.
III. Compulsory elective (12 CP):
In the selected profile a 'Research Module' in the third semester.
IV. Master thesis (30 CP)
The range of courses includes lectures, seminars, exercises, internships and projects, which are combined in modules.
Solid State Synthesis an Characterization
Structure Property Relationship
Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
Introduction to Technical Chemistry
Crystal Structure Analysis
Physical Properties of Crystals
Minerals and Materials
Petrology and Isotope Geochemistry
Special Topics in Material Science
Doing an internship is not required but recommended.
English language knowledge on level C1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.
Students can spend one or two semesters abroad, obtained credits will be recognized provided this is agreed to beforehand.
Students may choose to organize stays abroad themselves anywhere in the world. Exchange agreements have been set up with four universities overseas.
Going out in the frame of Erasmus is possible with 12 partner universities in eight nations (details on http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=555).
Examinations are scheduled during the lecture period and can take place in the following forms:
- written examination (45 to 180 minutes)
- oral examination (ca. 30 minutes),
- written presentation with lecture (20 to 45 minutes),
- project work with report of results,
- colloquium lecture,
- writing of internship protocols,
- working on exercises
- student research project.
The course is completed with a 22-week master's thesis and an oral colloquium of about 40 - 50 minutes.