Master’s Program in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS) aims to train students as future industrial engineers in the field of sustainable materials engineering. AMIS program is run by 5 European universities; Grenoble INP, France, Aalto University, Finland, TU Darmstadt, Germany, University of Bordeaux, France and University of Liege, Belgium.

Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability

In the first year, students are trained in materials science and entrepreneurship. Knowledge in functional and applied materials science is taught to students along with concepts and principles of business and entrepreneurship. In the second year, students build upon the foundations developed in the first year, research skills along with advance courses are provide in specialist topics , e.g. nanophysics, nanomaterials and functional materials. In the first year, internship in a company or a research organization is compulsory along with a summer school. In the second year, students go through a winter school and write their master’s thesis.

Courses focusing on materials science, innovation, business and entrepreneurship are taught in the first year. In the second year, a specialization module is offered by the coordinating university:

  • Grenoble INP: Materials interfaces: Surfaces, Films and Coatings
  • Aalto University: Nanomaterials and interfaces: Advanced Characterisation and Modelling
  • TU Darmstadt: Functional Ceramics: Processing, Characterization and Properties
  • University of Liège: Nanomaterials and Modelling
  • University of Bordeaux: Advanced Hybrid Materials, Composites and Ceramics by Design

Detailed curriculum description can be found here: AMIS curriculum and courses description.

After completion of the program requirements, the students will receive an official 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

Eligibility criteria

Bachelor degree in Science or Technology /Engineering in a relevant discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science). Final year students may be enrolled if their degree is awarded before enrollment. English language proficiency requirements are mentioned below:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5, Writing: 5.5
  • TOEFL (IBT: 92, PBT: 580), Writing: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
  • CAE/CPE (Accepted grades: A, B, C)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 59, Writing: 50

Applicants are exempted from English language proficiency tests if they have completed a higher education degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA. 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. English proficiency is also waived off for students who have studied at EIT-AMIS consortium universities and who have completed their studies in English at a university or polytechnic in an EU/EEA country. 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.


There are two deadline to apply for this program, starting from October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, from February 1, 2020 to April, 30 2020. The first round of applications will evaluate applicants in February 2020, selection will be made in March 2020, admission letters will be sent in April 2020. The second round of applications will involve applicant evaluation in May 2020, selections in June 2020 and admission letters will be sent in July 2020. The semester starts in September 2020, both EU and non EU students can apply for this program.

Fee and Funding

The fee for EU/EEA citizens is 1,000 euro per year and for non EU/non EEA candidates is 8,000 euro per year. The administrative fee can be up to 850 euro which includes registration, library access, social security costs, liability insurance.

Students admitted to the AMIS program are eligible for funding, AVSA grant, which includes €13,500 for travel, subsistence and living expenditures which is utilized on several activities including; internship/industry placement, conference/workshops, academic exchanges.

How to apply

Students need to apply online on this application portal, there are several documents required to be submitted, including; academic degree/diploma certificate, transcript, CV, letter of reference, English proficiency certificate, identification document, certifying statement and other optional documents; GRE, GMAT score certificate, patents, publications, work experience certificates etc. Students need to select the university they want to get enrolled at, incomplete applications will be rejected.

More information on Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability can be found at FAQs section and the brochure.


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