Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS)

AMIS is a Master program which explores the theme of “Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products for optimized performance”.


Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation: 
    • France: Grenoble INP, University of Bordeaux
    • Finland: Aalto University
    • Germany: T.U. Darmstadt
    • Belgium: University of Liège
  • Industrial partners: 
    • Luxembourg: ArcelorMittal
    • France: CEA
    • Germany: Fraunhofer
  • Admission requirements: Candidates must fulfill the following:
    • Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Science/Technology or Engineering (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science) or its equivalent within the year of application.
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements: This Master program is taught entirely in English. Students whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
    • IELTS: Overall Band Score: 6.5 and Writing Band Score: 5.5
    • TOEFL: Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT) and Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
  • Level: Master of Science in Chemistry.
  • Scholarships:
    • European students: 1,000 euros/year 
    • International students: 8,000 euros/year
    • Costs include institutional tuition fees, insurance and participation in teaching activities (lab courses, MSc research project etc.)
    • Students applying for scholarships: mid-February
    • Other students (self-funded): mid-May

Program outline

Funded by EIT RawMaterials since 2015 and labelled by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) since 2016, AMIS is a Master program in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability which explores the theme of “Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products for optimized performance”. It also covers the topics of “Material chain optimization for end-of-life products” and “Product and services design for the circular economy” - all of which are central themes of the AMIS. The primary focus of the AMIS program is metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are studied in view of their substitution potential. Other materials are also analyzed in the context of multimaterial product recycling. In addition, the AMIS program includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Program structure

Mobility is integrated within the two-year program, during which students study at two of the consortium partner universities. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded 120 ECTS and a double degree delivered by two of the five partner institutions where they studied. Students begin the Master program at Grenoble INP, Aalto University or T.U. Darmstadt. In their second year, students specialize in another partner university:

  • To attend the specialization year offered at the University of Bordeaux, prospective students must attend the first year at either Aalto University or the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Year 2 specializations are the following:

  • University of Bordeaux: Advanced Hybrid Materials: Composites and Ceramics by Design
  • T.U. Darmstadt: Functional Ceramics: Processing, Characterization and Properties
  • Aalto University: Nanomaterials and interfaces: Advanced Characterization and Modeling
  • University of Liège: Nanomaterials and Modeling
  • Grenoble INP: Materials Interfaces: Surfaces, Films & Coatings

How to apply?

Applications may be completed online:

Updated on 25/11/2020


Michael Josse
Program Coordinator


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This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation.