All the basic core courses are intended to be studied during the first year of master’s studies. Students learn about nanomaterials, surfaces and films, functional soft materials and materials characterisation. Although the programme proposes three study tracks, students have the freedom to create their own individual study track based on their interests and aspirations. One-on-one tutoring sessions help students in compiling their personal study plan.
Students may choose to specialize in one of the three subfields listed below, or they can opt for a cross-disciplinary path that gives them a broad palette of skills. The three recommended subfields are:
- MEMS and microsensors
- Solid state and nanoscience
- Polymers, soft matter and biomaterials
More information on the studies and the degree can be found on Into pages.
The topics provide a blending of chemistry, physics, engineering and nanotechnology. At the core of the programme are novel smart materials – from atomic bonds and nanoscale phenomena to microstructure of matter and finally, their engineering applications. For example, one growing field is smart materials, where the material interacts with its environment to provide the desired function.
Half of the courses are the same for everybody, and the other half can be tailored individually. Common core courses include:
- Functional Soft Materials (5 ECTS)
- Nanomaterials (5 ECTS)
- Surfaces and Films (5 ECTS)
- Materials Characterization Lab (5 ECTS)
- Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering (5 ECTS)
- Solid State Chemistry (5 ECTS)
- Personal Research Assignment in Functional Materials (5-10 ECTS)
Students build a degree entity according to their specific interests. Examples of courses picked from the wide course selection include:
- Thin Film Technology (5 ECTS)
- Microfabrication (5 ECTS)
- Design and Analysis of MEMS (5 ECTS)
- Crystallography and Structural Characterization (5 ECTS)
- Functional Inorganic Materials (5 ECTS)
- Engineering Metals and Alloys (5 ECTS)
- Polymer Properties (5 ECTS)
- Polymers in Medical Technology (5 ECTS)
- Molecular Thermodynamics (5 ECTS)
The Functional Materials major provides students with a comprehensive, research-supported, and dynamic curriculum. The aim is to enable students to find their strengths as materials experts – whether it is through innovation, critical thinking, working alone or in multidisciplinary groups. A wide range of project courses enhance students’ practical and research skills as they address real scientific problems. Students don’t simply learn about materials per se but also about their impact and values in a societal, economic and environmental context.
Those studying Functional Materials become members of the FunMat community consisting of the students, lecturers and professors of Functional Materials. Together they organise FunMat events, meet with companies in the field, and improve the curriculum together. Together they learn – about functional materials and themselves.
Personal Study Plan (PSP)
The Personal Study Plan (PSP) is a practical tool to define a student’s own study path, compiling an optimal selection of courses that are aligned with the student's interests and programme requirements. PSP is also a useful tool for students to keep track of their studies. At best, it shows where students are with their studies and sets concrete milestones for them to follow.