Students will acquire an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and create a mindset for innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on sustainability. The programme covers the following themes: substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimized performance, material chain optimization for end-of-life products, and product and service design for the circular economy.
In the Master’s Programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS), students will acquire an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and create a mindset for innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on sustainability. The programme covers the following themes: substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimized performance, material chain optimization for end-of-life products, and product and service design for the circular economy.
Student mobility is an integrated part of this programme, and students will study at two of the consortium partner universities. Upon completion of the two-year programme, students will receive a double degree.
The programme is a double degree programme, which means that you will study at two European universities (and countries). The programme has an integrated technical content (Technical major) and business content (Innovation & Entrepreneurship – I&E minor). The I&E minor is shared between all programmes. An integral part of the second year is a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).
The double-degree programme is implemented jointly by leading European universities. The students can select their favorite first (entry) and second (exit) year universities. Each university has a unique specialisation area, which allows students to select their own second year expert area.
Through studies in the AMIS programme, students will become experts in the field of raw materials, particularly in sustainable functional materials. Alongside, they will get a holistic view on value and process chain.
- During the first year of studies (either at Aalto University, TU Darmstadt in Germany or Grenoble Institute of Technology, France), students build a body of skills and knowledge that puts them on fast track to becoming specialists in materials science and entrepreneurship. They will receive state-of-the art knowledge in functional and applied materials science (e.g. their elaboration, phase transformation, structure, microstructure and properties) together will fundamental principles and concepts of businesses and entrepreneurship strategy. The year is completed by a summer camp, jointly with all the other AMIS students, and internship in the field.
- The second year of studies is completed either at Aalto University, TU Darmstadt in Germany, Grenoble Institute of Technology or University of Bordeaux in France or University of Liège, Belgium. During the second year of studies, the students will acquire an in-depth understanding of some specialist topics in nanophysics, nanomaterials and functional materials. The specialization topic offered at Aalto University is Nanomaterials and Interfaces: Advanced Characterization and Modeling.
See detailed course data of Aalto University courses on the study portal Into.
Major and minor
The name of the major is Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability and the name of the minor is Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction of the programme is English.
Europe is amongst the world leaders in Materials Science. Statistics clearly point out that there is a strong need for highly trained engineers and researchers to work in this field.
Career options for the AMIS graduates include:
- Academic career: scientist with high commercialization awareness, knowledge, and competences; someone who is aware of what is the value proposition and who is the customer and user of their scientific research; someone who can communicate effectively the commercial value of their scientific research.
- Employment in a company operating in the field of raw materials: expert employee or manager whose actions and decisions influence the innovation output, value creation, and performance of the company (R&D, New Business Development functions).
The industrial partners of the AMIS programme are Arcelor Mittal, CEA, Fraunhofer, and IMEC.
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