Specialized Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics of Soft Materials
This MSc programme managed by the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg provides a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in the field of Soft Materials. The science of Soft Materials (aka "Soft Matter") addresses substances that have aspects of solid and liquid materials at the same time. They encompass a wide range of substances that include synthetic materials such as polymers, fibre-reinforced composites and foams. Nearly all biological materials are "soft", such as biological tissue, proteins, DNA, etc. The medical, pharmaceutical and food industries, for example, depend on an understanding of the soft-matter properties of products they generate, so do chemical and automotive industries.
Why choose this program?
Soft Matter science is intrinsically interdisciplinary, bridging not only chemistry, physics and biology, but also materials science and engineering. The MSc programme in Soft Materials is not only intellectually highly stimulating, it also providing the basis for excellent employment opportunities in a wide range of industries or for a continuation in an academic career.
At AMI, the MSc students are closely integrated into the scientific environment of the institute. The MSc programme is very strongly "hands on", with all practical components taught in real research laboratories on instruments that are used in the scientific projects at AMI. In-lab training begins right at the start of the programme. The MSc programme therefore provides an excellent training for a career in technology or science.
To join the program, you should have an excellent background in chemistry and/or physics, and posess good oral and written English skills. The admission procedure consists of three steps: (1) Verify with the University of Fribourg whether your degree is accepted; (2) Submit an application consisting of a CV and a motivation letter; (3) Short listed candidates are invited for a Skype interview. Please download the application form here.