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M.Sc. Sustainable Materials - Crystalline Materials

Information for prospective students

Overview study program & perspectives 

The Master of Science Sustainable Materials at the University of Freiburg is a consecutive and research-oriented master program that can be completed in four semesters. Crystalline Materials are the fundamental building blocks of modern materials science and technology. The solid state of a large variety of materials is a crystalline state. The topics of this course are the understanding of the structure and the formation of the crystalline state, as well as the related technology. The study of crystalline materials is covered by many disciplines and the occupational area is broad. Chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science are part of this master course. The student will learn the basics of crystal growth, material characterization, crystallography, and semiconductor technology. Events on sustainability of materials and processing complete the degree program. 

The teaching and training of these skills will provide an excellent position for the job market in the future. The list of possible applications is large. Here is just a selection of careers of recent alumni:

  • Semiconductor industry for electronic and photonic devices
  • Photovoltaic industry, 
  • Protein analysis in Pharmaceutical industry, 
  • Sensor and detector development for Medical and Industrial applications.


The research-oriented and consecutive Master of Science Sustainable Materials – Crystalline Materials may be started in winter semester (October of each year) only.

Curriculum content - focus of the degree program

The educational profile of the M.Sc. curriculum Sustainable Materials - Crystalline Materials can be assembled individually by selecting several courses (24 ECTS points) according to a student's interest. The individual study program must be assembled with the help of, and approved by, a commission of advisors at the beginning of the M.Sc. curriculum in order to ensure that the program achieves a meaningful depth. Content and details of modules of the M.Sc. curriculum are listed in the module guide book. The configuration and courses of the master program are providing a broad education in materials science and crystallography. The course load systematically decreases with increasing semester status. Compulsory modules are commonly taken in the first three semesters. Elective courses have to be selected from the beginning. They allow to expand the field of studies in further area or to get deeper into specific topics of the compulsory courses. Official language of the program is English.


(Online-) Application

Application for the winter semester 2019/20 is possible online from March 2019 until July 15, 2019. 
Foreign Applicants should apply early within the application period because of time-consuming visa-procedures.

Online Application


Who can apply?

The M.Sc. Sustainable Materials – Crystalline Materials is accessible to all students, who have acquired a B.Sc. in Geology, Geoscience, Earth Science, Mineralogy, Materials Science, Materials Technology, or Microsystems Engineering from a German university, or from other universities and colleges world-wide (in accordance with certain quality control criteria).
Students with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry or Physics may also be granted admission to the program. In the latter case, some of the fundamental Geoscience courses from the B.Sc. curriculum will have to be taken as electives. 
The applicant must have English-language skills that meet or exceed level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree in one of the disciplines described above.
  • No less than 40 ECTS-points in  material sciences or geosciences and at least 35 ECTS-points in mathematics, physics, chemistry or material sciences.
  • Knowledge of English (at least level B2).
  • English language skills must be proved by a recognized language test (e.g. TOEFL itb 79, IELTS band 6, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or others) or by a copy of a german “Abitur” or “Fachgebundene Hochschulreife”. Language course certificates are not accepted. 


Admission regulations

The official admission regulations will be found here (in german language): admission regulations 


Unofficial Translation Excerpt from the Admissions Regulations of the University of Freiburg for the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Degree Program. Please note: Only the German version has legal effect.


Application documents

Please enclose the following documents to your online application

  • a certified copy of the primary university degree certificate;
  • a certified copy of a detailed transcript of all coursework and examinations undertaken during the primary university degree studies – listing all courses, credit points and grades (i.e. a transcript of records);
  • in the case the B.Sc. programme has not been completed yet, please include a provisional, but official transcript showing all courses, credit points and grades of the courses taken so far. Also include proof, that you have started your B.Sc. thesis, or at the very least, your registration to carry out your thesis;
  • a certified copy of the certificate for the general higher education entrance qualification, a relevant subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification, or the qualification for access to higher education from another country;
  • curriculum vitae in summary form in English (max. 2 pages)
  • motivation letter (Statement of Intent) in English explaining why you have chosen the masters programme (max. 2 pages),
  • a signed statement in German or English, which certifies the motivation letter was prepared self-dependent and without external help. The statement also needs to assure that the content which was copied from external sources is clearly marked;
  • a declaration in German or English stating that you have not definitively failed an exam or lost your right to take exams in a master’s or Diploma program in crystallography, mineralogy, earth sciences or material sciences;
  • a recognized language test (see also information above).


Certificates and transcripts in languages other than English or German must be officially translated into German or English.
For applicants from China, Vietnam or Mongolia:

  • APS certificate (proof of authenticity of certificates), from the German Embassies in Bejing, Hanoi and Ulan-Bator.


Contact for questions (application & admission)

Questions concerning the general application and admission procedure to the M.Sc. Program Sustainable Materials - Crystalline Materials should be addressed to the application and admission coordinator:

application and admission coordinator ()

Postal address:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie
Studiengangkoordination Chemie 
Albertstr. 21
D - 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau

For all other questions, please contact:

Mr. Prof. Dr. Andreas Danilewsky ( 
Phone: +49-761 203 6450

Postal address:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Danilewsky
Hermann-Herder-Strasse 5
D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Informations for students 

Module guide book & course catalogue

The Module Guide Book M.Sc. Sustainable Materials – Crystalline Materials contains all relevant information about Freiburg´s core areas of expertise in research and education, the actual curriculum, and detailed description of all lectures. The current module guide book is listed here.

 Information about the lecture dates will be also find in the online course catalogue HISinONE.


The official program regulations will be find here (in German language): Examination Regulations (§ Satzungen)  

Please note: Only the German version of this translation has legal effect.

Unofficial Translation: Excerpt from the Examination Regulations 2017 for the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Degree Program

Unofficial Translation: Excerpt from the Admissions Regulations of the University of Freiburg for the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Degree Program

Semester schedule

Study plans for winter term 2019: 1st semester and 3rd semester


Registration for examinations

Please register online for your examinations via HISinONE.

Registration period in the winter term: October 1st – February 1st
Registration period in the summer term: April 1st – July 1st

Please note: There may be exceptions to the regular registration period in other faculties! If you want to take modules from other faculties in the "Methods and Concepts" or "Sustainability" area, please clarify AT THE BEGINNING of the course how you can register. Please use the linked form "Methods and Concepts" for registration and accreditation. There may be further exceptions from the regular registration period within the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy. Please see "Examination Dates" below.

All PL-examinations (Prüfungsleistungen) have to be registered within the registration period. You are not allowed to attend any PL-examination without registration! SL-examinations (Studienleistungen) usually have not to be registered (there may be exceptions in other faculties in the "Methods and Concepts" or "Sustainabiltiy" area).

For details about the PL- and SL-Modules please see the program regulations: examination regulations  (§ Satzungen) 

For the application and accreditation of a course in the modules „Methods and Concepts“ or "Sustainability" please use the linked form


Application for Master thesis

Please use the linked form to register for your Master Thesis


Examination dates

Examination dates for winter semester 2018/2019

Examination dates for summer semester 2019 

Deferred examination dates for summer semester 2019


If you are ill

If you are enrolled for an PL-examination and can not attend it because of illness, you need to hand in a medical certificate at the examination office. Otherwise the exam will be considered as an unexcused no-show and you will get a fail (grade of 5,0) for it. 

Examination office

Questions about the registration for examinations and the Transcripts of Records should be addressed to the Examination Office: 


Phone: +49-761 203 6461

Web: Examination office


Postal address:

Prüfungsamt Chemie und Pharmazie
Frau Erika Dunai-Kovacs
Hebelstr. 27

79085 Freiburg im Breisgau