MaMaSELF is a two year European Master program in Materials Science, which aims to teach the application of Large Scale Facilities for the characterisation and development of materials.
Modern life and globalisation imply new and additional exigencies for scientists and scientific engineers in the field of scientific and industrial competitiveness. This holds specifically for the development of new technologies and new materials which are important key-products and which contribute to the technological and scientific competitiveness of highly industrialized countries. The characterisation of these materials and also the optimising of technologies strongly demand sophisticated methods, some of them uniquely available at Large Scale Facilities using neutrons or synchrotron radiation.
The Master Course is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Easmus Mundus programme.
The Mamaself Consortium includes 5 primary European Universities in the field of Materials sciences, Engineering Physics, Chemistry :
* University of Rennes 1, FRANCE,
* Technische Universität of München (TUM), GERMANY
* Ludwig Maximilian University in München (LMU), GERMANY,
* University of Torino, ITALY
* University of Montpellier
The partners have a large background in materials science and a long collaboration with Large Scale Facilities.
They are located in culturally and historically rich European towns.
Through full integration of teaching and research, the consortium universities have managed to bring together different specializations in a unique course programme.
Erasmus Mundus programme
What is Erasmus Mundus ?
The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries.
The programme is intended to strengthen European co-operation and international links in higher education by supporting high-quality European Masters Courses, enabling students from around the world to engage in postgraduate study at European higher education institutions, as well as encouraging the outgoing mobility of European students and scholars towards third countries.
Erasmus Mundus offers culturally enriching higher education opportunities for both European and Non-European students.
Prospective students from any country are invited to apply to participate in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, provided they have obtained a first degree awarded by a higher education institution.
Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses are high-quality study programmes at masters level offered by a consortium of at least three European higher education institutions. They last between one and two years and lead to the award of a recognised double, joint or multiple degree. Students have to study in at least two institutions.
The European Erasmus- Mundus programme stands for the promotion of the european Union as a centre of Excellence in the field of higher education. It strongly supports high-quality Master Courses to enhance the attractiveness of european higher education all around the world.
The duration of the Mamaself Masters course is two years (120 ECTS credits). The academic programme is split into two years with 60 ECTS credits for each. The language of instruction and examination is English.
The student will stay one year in one institution and a second second in another institution. It is not possible to stay the two years at the same site in Munich. The second year will be split in two semesters : the first one at a university, the second one is dedicated to the Master thesis project and can be conducted at another university or at Large Scale Facilities.
The first year consists of lectures and practicals at one out of the four universities yielding 60 ECTS. This part of teaching Materials Science will take place at one of the 5 universities : University Rennes1, University of Torino, Techsnische Universität München and Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, University Montpellier 2.
The second academic year will start with a summer school of two weeks, where both lectures and practicals (comprehensively corresponding to 7 ECTS) will offer an excellent introduction into the use of Large Scale Facilities. The core of the lectures will all be given by the four scientists responsible of the Master in each of the four universities (W. Paulus, C. Lamberti, W. Petry and W. Schmahl) exhibiting a huge background in this area. Each year the core lectures will be supported by specific seminars given by other university colleagues and by researchers directly coming from national or European Large Scale Facilities centres.
During these two weeks, the topic of the Master thesis will be chosen by the student out of a list of subjects proposed by the staff of the institutions.
YEAR 2 - First and second semester
During the first semester of the second year each student has to shift to one out of the three other universities. The first semester consists in lectures and practicals (30 ects, cf programme in each university of the consortium). During the second semester of the second year the student has to undergo the Master thesis work which will also yield 30 ECTS. The thesis work will take six months and is generally in strong relation with the use of Large Scale Facilities for applied or academic research problem.
The research topic can be supervised and located at large Scale Facilities, but will then be jointly supervised by an advisor of one of the consortium institutions. The research work is finalised by a written dissertation, wich must be defended in front of a comittee.
Students may undergo their master thesis at another partner institution in Japan (Kyoto University, Uji, Yamanashi University) Switzerland (PSI / ETH Zurich) or India (IIT Madras).
Scientists coming from all over the world
There will also be a teaching contribution from scientists coming from outside Europe, Japan ( University of Kyoto, Institute of Materials Research, University of Yamanashi, and Tohoku University, Sendai) and Russia (Dubna) in order to show the perspectives in non European countries.
France propose a world-class higher education institutions in an international environment. The application process for international students is exactly the same as it is for french students but it's indispensable to contact with a platform “Etude in France” and the regional department of “Campus France” (a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students).
Higher education is thus provided by two main types of institution: universities and "grandes écoles". «Grandes écoles» are the most reputable of the French education system. To win admission students get in by competitive examination, the institutions are relatively small, and classes in them small too. French universities are open to all “bacheliers”, or a student whom has passed their baccalaureate, and it's also easier to apply for the university program.
It is necessary to point out that the European local or an international student have to complete the application process in its entirety, as well as submit all documentation at the time of submission so the procces suit to the ground for the students all over the world. Students are eligible for grants and other financial assistance from the governement to support study in France.
I am Non-European
If you are a graduate student from a "third country" (all countries of the world with the exception of the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Croatia,
Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) you can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to the best students on a competitive basis.
The scholarship covers your travel and living expenses and tuition in Europe for the full duration of the course
Scholarship for Non-EU students: 22,000 / year
I am European
If you are graduate student from one of the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Turkey or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Erasmus Mundus can offer you a scholarship for the 2 year programme including a period of study in a country outside Europe : in Switzerland, Japan or India. Your study period outside Europe is part of your study programme and fully recognised by your Erasmus Mundus Masters Course. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
The scholarship covers your travel and living expenses for the duration of your stay
Sholarship for EU students = 9,000 per academic year
+ 3000 in case of internship at a Non-EU partner institution
More Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for Western Balkan and Turkey students
In addition to the scholarships financed under the Erasmus Mundus programme, additional student scholarships will be available via a specific regional window for students from the Western Balkans and Turkey. The following countries will be covered by the "Western Balkans and Turkey Window": Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, as well as the three candidate countries, namely Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.