Be a change agent
AMIS, the Master’s Programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability, is a programme of excellence that covers the whole value chain of raw materials by combining scientific knowledge with entrepreneurship, innovation and modern teaching methods – in line with the standards and values of EIT RawMaterials.
30 ECTS of modules are dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovation and industry-linked activities through projects such as the Inno project, Live classroom, Summer and Winter camps.
The AMIS programme received the EIT Label in 2016, a quality seal awarded to top Master and PhD programmes that excel in shaping a new generation of students into game changers and innovators.
AMIS tackles the following themes – all of which are central to the goals of EIT RawMaterials:
- ‘Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimised performance’
- ‘Material chain optimisation for end-of-life products’
- ‘Product and services design for the circular economy’
The primary focus of the adaptation is on metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-base and polymer materials are covered in view of their substitution potential and other materials in the context of multi-material product recycling. In addition, the AMIS Programme includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Students’ mobility is an integrated part of the two-year programme, during which they will study at two of the consortium partner universities. Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a double degree.
The language of instruction is English.
The AMIS Master Programme will enable young professionals to become change agents with an entrepreneurial mindset, able to safeguard the sustainability of raw materials throughout the industrial and research landscape.
- Grenoble INP
- Aalto University
- TU Darmstadt
- University of Liège
- University of Bordeaux
- Arcelor Mittal
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During the first year, students will build a body of skills and knowledge that puts them on the fast track to becoming specialists in materials science and entrepreneurship.
They will receive a state-of-the art knowledge in functional and applied materials science (e.g. their elaboration, phase transformation, structure, microstructure and properties) together with fundamental principles and concepts of businesses and entrepreneurship strategy.
They will apply this knowledge in hands-on exercises and group work.
Through tailored methodology, students will get introduced into project management, group dynamics, entrepreneurship and oral communications, in a setting that mimics a professional environment. Such integrated training of soft and hard skills is needed for the rest of the Master’s studies.
Building on the foundations laid during the first year, M2 students will learn advanced topics in areas of their choice and continue to improve their research and hands-on skills.
They will have in-depth understanding of some specialist topics in nanophysics, nanomaterials and functional materials.
The AMIS Master Programme includes courses in innovation, business and entrepreneurship in addition to courses in relevant disciplinary fields in Advanced Materials.
The detailed curriculum description is available here: AMIS curriculum and courses description
Courses and modules include:
- I & ENT
Local innovation and entrepreneurship courses integrated courses with relevant substance courses.
- INNO-MISSION INTERNSHIP
The internship in a company or research organisation prepares students to plan and prepare for their professional career in the commercialisation, R&D, Innovation, or New Business Development functions of companies. Inno-Mission internships will develop the ability of students to work on developing a solution-focused approach in translating the innovations into feasible business solutions. Also it will develop their knowledge and expertise in methods and processes employed in leading companies in the raw materials sector in commercialising new technologies and developing new business solutions or activities.
- SUMMER SCHOOL
The summer school supports the development of entrepreneurial skills and competences, creativity, production of new ideas and innovation skills. The objective is to support the ability of students to use knowledge, ideas and technology to create new or significantly improved products, services, processes, policies, new business models or jobs. One week intensive course is strongly built on team-work.
- I & ENT
Local business, innovation and entrepreneurship courses offered locally at each consortium partner university
- WINTER SCHOOL
At the end of the 3rd semester, in the autumn of the 2nd year, the AMIS Winter School gathers all the students to further learn about the research and development of advanced materials, innovation and sustainability, and to develop work life skills useful in the Master’s thesis project and for entering a professional career.
For the last semester of the second year, the most research oriented component of the programme, students will be given the opportunity to harness his newly-acquired skills and competencies into the realisation of an original research work. Moreover, independent thesis writing will naturally increase the students’ scientific skills as well as their capacity to think critically. The thesis will be jointly supervised by a professor from each university.
Year 1 & 2
- I & ENT courses and study modules
Each student will acquire a minimum of 30 ECTS in Innovation & Entrepreneurship education (I&ENT), either as specialised courses or integrated with substance engineering courses.
- INNO-PROJECT I & II: Joint collaboration project
INNO-projects will reinforce EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes such as leadership competences, entrepreneurship skills, creativity, innovation and research skills, development of business models from the commercialisation process of new technologies. In the framework of the Inno-Project, students will also benefit from improved communication and organisational skills which will reinforce their chances of success as professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs. The understanding of legal requirements in patenting intellectual property will also be one of the objectives.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive an official, recognised degree from each of the two universities in which they have spent a part of their study (double degree) and a Diploma Supplement.
- Grenoble INP: Master Science et Génie des Matériaux
- Aalto University: Master of Science (Technology)
- TU Darmstadt: Master of Science in Materials or Master of Science in Physics or Chemistry
- University of Bordeaux: Master Sciences et Technologies, mention CHIMIE, spécialité Synthèse et Propriétés des Matériaux Inorganiques – FAME Hybrids and Ceramics
- University of Liège: Master en sciences physiques or Master en sciences chimiques
The summer school is an integrated part of AMIS-master program curriculum (3 ECTS). It is compulsory for all AMIS-students and it is organised between the first and second year of the master program. It has a strong Innovation & Entrepreneurship component.
The objective of AMIS Summer School is to teach advanced topics related to AMIS- curriculum, as well as to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurial awareness among students. The relevance of the program for industry needs is ensured by inviting core industry and associated partners’ representatives to actively participate in our summer school.
The Summer School programme includes lectures, presentations, group work and hands–on activities and company visits. It is built around students working on commercialisation of technologies and products in Europe. The technologies or products that the students work on are provided by case companies operating in some of the industries covered by the EIT RawMaterials KIC.
At the end of the 3rd semester, in the autumn of the 2nd year, AMIS Winter School gathers all the students to further learn about the research and development of advanced materials, innovation and sustainability, and to develop work life skills useful in the Master’s thesis project and for entering a professional career.
The Winter School is also a compulsory part of the programme, it usually organised in connection with an international conference on materials, technology and/or entrepreneurship.
In 2018 – 2019, the Winter School was organised in connection to the Slush conference in Helsinki, Finland.
The event strongly supports development of students’ innovation and entrepreneurial mindset. It offers an excellent opportunity for them to network and gain new information and knowledge.
The Slush event is a unique platform to connect with start-ups and explore emerging technology trends and to follow the pitching competitions.
AMIS Master Tracks
The AMIS Master includes three semesters of courses followed by a fourth research semester (Master thesis).
Student mobility is a compulsory and integrated part of the programme and students are required to spend Year 1 (autumn and spring semesters) and Year 2 (autumn semester only) in two institutes from different countries. Students can choose among the following fixed tracks:
- Year 1 at Grenoble INP and Year 2 at Aalto University/or TU Darmstadt/or University of Liège
- Year 1 at Aalto University and Year 2 at Grenoble INP/or TU Darmstadt/or University of Bordeaux/or University of Liège
- Year 1 at TU Darmstadt and Year 2 at Grenoble INP/or Aalto University/or University of Bordeaux/or University of Liège
Courses focus on materials science, innovation, business and entrepreneurship.
Includes one semester of courses in the specialisation areas offered by the exit universities:
- Grenoble INP: Materials interfaces: Surfaces, Films and Coatings
- Aalto University: Nanomaterials and interfaces: Advanced Characterisation and Modelling
- TU Darmstadt: Functional Ceramics: Processing, Characterisation and Properties
- University of Liège: Nanomaterials and Modelling
- University of Bordeaux: Advanced Hybrid Materials, Composites and Ceramics by Design
Click here to learn more about student life at our partner universities.
General admission criteria
Successful applicants should hold a Bachelor degree in Science or Technology or Engineering (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science) or its equivalent from an internationally recognised higher education institution that is an official and recognised part of the national education system, and can be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organisation (e.g. UNESCO).
The students in their final year of undergraduate education may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor degree will be awarded before they enrol, respecting the university specific deadlines.
Applicants are required to attach an official language test report to their application.
Acceptable language tests and their minimum scores
- IELTS (Academic IELTS only)
- Overall Band Score: 6.5
- Writing Band Score: 5.5
- TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
- Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT)
- Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
- CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Grades accepted: A, B, C
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only)
- Total score: 59
- Writing score: 50
If the applicant’s score does not fulfill the minimum requirements, the applicant is not eligible to apply and the application cannot be processed. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. The CAE and CPE results do not have an expiry date. If the TOEFL institution code is needed, please use Grenoble INP code: 6050.
English language test exemptions
Applicants who have completed a higher education degree:
- In an English language programme requiring a physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States. If the degree includes studies from another university, these must also be completed in English in such a country and university that exempts the applicant from the language test.
- At a university or polytechnic in an EU/EEA country in English. The language of the degree must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, the transcript of records or other official document, such as diploma supplement, issued by the higher education institution in question.
- At one of the EIT-AMIS consortium universities.
Administration costs are additional to the programme costs. These costs vary depending on the university that you will be studying at (up to 850€) and include your registration at the university, access to the library, social security costs and public liability insurance.
EIT RawMaterials grant
Students enrolled in the AMIS Programme are entitled to the following EIT RawMaterials grant:
Added Value Student Activities grant (AVSA grant): this grant of €13,500 can be awarded to students enrolled in a EIT RawMaterials, EIT-labelled programme under certain criteria. It covers travel, subsistence and living costs for students to participate in the following activities:
- Industry placements and other internships
- Exchanges with other universities
- Attending conferences or workshops
- And/or similar activities additional to the regular programme contents directed at promoting the learning, knowledge, skills, professional flexibility and pursuit of careers of students during and after having passed the EIT RawMaterials-funded programme.
The grant is directly paid to the students, no separate application is needed.
Eligibility criteria for AVSA grants
Please be aware that European double funding is strictly prohibited. Therefore, students who already receive an EU-funded scholarship (i.e. Erasmus Mundus or other) are not entittled to the AVSA grant.
Student receiving a national grant or a grant from another source (as long as it is not EU-funded) can be awarded the AVSA grant under the condition that this grant permit additional scholarships to be awarded.
There are two deadlines to apply:
First wave: from the 1st October 2019 to the 31st January 2020
Second wave: from the 1st February 2020 to the 30th April 2020
The selection of the students for the 2nd wave will be completed in June 2020 and the programme will start in September 2020. The number of study places available is limited and the application process is highly competitive.
Who can apply?
The AMIS Programme welcomes applications from talented students from all over the world, both European and non-European.