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Sustainable Materials

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

  • Crystalline Materials in Freiburg (from 1 October 2020 no new enrolment possible)
  • Functional Materials in Freiburg
  • Polymer Sciences (bilingual) in Freiburg
  • Polymer Sciences (binational) in Freiburg und Straßburg

Language of instruction:

Profile Crystalline Materials in Freiburg: English
Profile Functional Materials in Freiburg: mainly German
Profile Polymer Sciences (bilingual) in Freiburg: German and English
Profile Polymer Sciences (binational) in Freiburg and Straßburg

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Application period: First semester: 1 March - 15 July
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 March - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

The University of Freiburg's Master of Science in Sustainable Materials degree program is a consecutive and research-oriented program designed to be completed in four semesters. The Master of Science in Sustainable Materials degree program provides graduates of bachelor's programs in natural sciences, materials sciences, and microsystems engineering with advanced qualifications in the sustainable development and application of modern multifunctional materials and technologies providing high resource, environmental, and energy efficiency. The program is based on interdisciplinary and interfaculty teaching and research and breaches the gap between materials science, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering.

Students of the program choose a specialization in one of four areas:

  • Polymer Sciences (with a bilingual and a binational version/specialization)
    The Polymer Sciences version/specialization focuses on selected areas of materials and polymer sciences that provide a solid grounding in the various further areas of the physical and chemical properties of materials as well as technologies and applications involving polymers.
    Students may elect to receive advanced training in materials science, earth and environmental sciences, or engineering.
  • Functional Materials
    The Functional Materials specialization focuses on the study and development of inorganic and organic functional materials in the areas of sustainable energy production (regenerative energies) and technologies providing high resource, enviornmental, and energy efficiency.
  • Crystalline Materials
    The Master of Science Sustainable Materials at the University of Freiburg is a consecutive and research-oriented master program that can be completed in four semesters. Crystalline Materials are the fundamental building blocks of modern materials science and technology. The solid state of a large variety of materials is a crystalline state. The topics of this course are the understanding of the structure and the formation of the crystalline state, as well as the related technology. The study of crystalline materials is covered by many disciplines and the occupational area is broad. Chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science are part of this master course. The student will learn the basics of crystal growth, material characterization, crystallography, and semiconductor technology. Events on sustainability of materials and processing complete the degree program.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

For profiles Functional Materials:
Prof. Dr. Claas Müller
Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik – IMTEK
Servicecenter Mechanische Mikrofertigung (MSC)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 103
79110 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-7354

nach Vereinbarung

For profile Polymer Sciences bilingual:
Prof. Dr. V. Prasad Shastri
Stefan-Meier-Str. 31
79104 Freiburg

Examination Office

Hebelstr. 27, 79104 Freiburg
Erika Dunai-Kovacs, Telefon: 0761 203-6461
Montag - Donnerstag 9.00 Uhr bis 11.00 Uhr
Dienstag 14.00 Uhr bis 15.00 Uhr