What is MAP? A sneak peak into the Master programme and invitation to the Scientific Poster Presentation

Last year's MAP poster presentation (Image: Erich Malter)

Last year’s MAP Scientific Poster Presentation (Image: Erich Malter)

At our university, we find a large range of courses in medical, theological, technical and scientific fields, among them some unique, interdisciplinary Master programmes. One of them is MAP – Advanced Materials and Processes. The MAP programme is international and English-taught. It combines the disciplines of Material Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering to provide students with a broad expertise to produce and understand the next generation of advanced materials. From a tailored curriculum to provide fundamental basis in both disciplines, the students flexibly chose specialized courses to deepen their knowledge in the areas of nanotechnology, computational simulations, advances processes or biomaterials- and processes. MAP aims at providing a strongly research-oriented education with first-hand experience in the involved research groups where the students are actively involved in the form of independent miniprojects. In the third semester, all students present their research projects at the Scientific Poster Presentation.

Prof. Nicolas Vogel, second chair of the MAP programme, tells us more about the programme and the Poster Presentation.

Why is the programme called “Elite” Master’s Programme?

Nicolas Vogel: The Elite Network of Bavaria funds innovative, highly competitive and exceptional master courses as elite programmes. MAP provides an interdisciplinary education that is unique in Germany. We attract very motivated students that are selected in a very competitive process. For 30 available places, we currently receive around 450 applications. The small group sizes enable us to provide an excellent teaching environment with small classroom sizes, an intense contact between professors and students and customized curricula for the students. We combine innovative learning concepts, high-level education and practical research experience. As one of the first master programmes at the FAU, MAP even offers certified, additional qualification to further strengthen the content of the program.

How many students are enrolled in WS 17/18?

Nicolas Vogel: Currently, a total of 78 students is enrolled in MAP. In WS17/18, 24 students started our master programme.

What working fields are open for graduates in this scientific area?

Nicolas Vogel: A high percentage of our graduates continue to pursue a PhD, either here at FAU, but also at prestigious universities around the globe. MAP graduates also find interesting job perspectives in business and industry, where typical destinations include the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, food technology, health and safety and pharmaceutical sectors.

How is the gender distribution in scientific fields like Materials Science and Engineering or Chemical and Biological Engineering?

Nicolas Vogel: In both fields, as in most technical disciplines, we still do not have enough female students. However, the overall picture is steadily improving and the last decade has witnessed an increase from about 15 % in 2006 to about 24 % in 2017. MAP is especially proud to attract many female students. In this highly competitive environment, we constantly admit more female students than the Faculty of Engineering. In our current first semester, 44% of the students are female!

Does the Poster Presentation target particularly students of the respective study programmes or is it open for everyone, even without knowledge in these scientific fields?

Nicolas Vogel: The Poster Presentation is open to any person who is interested in cutting-edge research in science and engineering. We warmly welcome students and scientists from all sectors of the university. Our students are happy to explain what they have been working on to any interested visitor, regardless of their backgrounds. The Poster Presentation is an excellent opportunity to learn more about MAP in general, about its research fields and about the people involved. For Bachelor students close to the end of their studies, this might be a great chance to find out whether MAP would be a good choice to continue with.

When and where does the Scientific Poster Presentation take place?

Nicolas Vogel: It takes place on 7 February, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at „Cafeteria Esslust im Fraunhofer-Institut IISB“ 1. floor, Schottkystr. 10, 91058 Erlangen.

Thank you very much for the interview!

Carmen Oberlechner