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Belastungspruefung von Biokunststoffen (Foto: Heddergott / TUM)

Bachelor Biogenic Materials

The development and supply of suitable materials is the basic prerequisite for the production of modern structural and functional materials for the most diverse tasks and applications in all industrial, environmental and social sectors. The change in raw materials and the associated change in the material basis cannot be realised without material scientists with reference to biogenic raw materials. The graduates work and shape the further development of existing and the development of new materials. Through the design of the study programme and the study environment at the TUM Campus Straubing, you can do this with regard to materials that are sustainable in production and life cycle. In particular, they are qualified to take a holistic view of current developments in materials research due to the content that goes beyond pure materials science.

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  • In the winter semester 2020/21, the lecture period starts on 02 November 2020, and will presumably end on 12 February 2021.
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Bachelor Biogenic Materials

Key Data

Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters) / Credits

Graduation

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Start of Degree Program

  • Winter Semester (October)

Application period

  • 15 May to 15 July

Required Language Proficiency

Language of instruction

  • German

Admission requirements

The Bachelor’s programme in Biogenic Materials requires a general higher education entrance qualification or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification in the fields of technology or agriculture, biotechnology and environmental technology.

Admission Category

Costs per semester/financing

Study structure

In the first two semesters mathematical and scientific basics as well as first technical basics are taught. From the second semester onwards, advanced physical modules lay the foundation for the special requirements of a materials science course. From the fourth semester onwards, an individual focus can be set on the basis of optional modules. Interdisciplinary elective modules combine various scientific disciplines in order to deal with concrete problems in a structured and interdisciplinary way. The knowledge acquired during the course of studies is applied in a research project. The course concludes with a bachelor thesis.

1st semester:

Mathematics; Technical Mechanics 1 – Statics; Physics; General Chemistry; Internship General Chemistry; elective module

2nd semester:

Solid state physics; Fundamentals of organic chemistry; Practical course Fundamentals of organic chemistry; Mathematics Advanced Analysis and Linear Algebra; Fundamentals of Computer Science; Technical Mechanics 2 – Elastostatics

3rd semester:

Physical Chemistry; Fundamentals of Materials Science; Instrumental Analysis and Spectroscopy; Biopolymers; Modelling and Simulation

4th semester:

Statistics; microscopy and diffractometry; materials science; material testing; project work; elective module

5th semester:

Scientific work; research internship; elective modules

6th semester:

Elective modules; Bachelor’s thesis

Competences and skills

In order to fulfil their intended role as academically capable material developers and examiners, the graduates will have the following skills and competences after completing the Bachelor’s programme in Biogenic Materials:

  • They have a comprehensive overview of composition- and structure-based material types and their typical properties as a basis for the comparative evaluation of existing materials.
  • They know techniques for structure elucidation, especially hierarchically structured natural substances on the basis of which structure/property relationships can only be produced.
  • They can properly determine characteristic properties of materials. This provides the complement to clarified structures. Appropriate in this context refers to the usage in science and application, as well as to possibly existing testing standards to ensure the comparability of results.
  • They understand structure-property relationships of materials. This allows the development and evaluation of existing materials by concretising general principles.
  • They master the mathematical methods to formulate structures, properties as well as their correlations.
  • They master the means of computer science to carry out complex observations.
  • They know the basic techniques of design and mechanical engineering, therefore they know the requirements resulting from the fields of application of materials and can develop application-related material profiles.

Graduates with these qualifications can participate in the evaluation and further development of existing and new materials. Through the design of the Bachelor’s programme and the study environment at the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability, students have a special connection to materials that are sustainable in production and life cycle. In particular, they are qualified to take a holistic view of current developments in materials research due to the modules that go beyond pure materials science. A great deal of attention is paid to the promotion of independent, critical thinking as well as interdisciplinary observation and problem solving.

Job description

The Bachelor’s degree “Biogenic Materials” opens up different career opportunities. In addition to a scientific career/doctorate in (biogenic) material sciences and related branches of science at universities in Germany and abroad (e.g. via the master’s programmes Materials Science and Engineering at the MSE/TUM or Biogenic Materials at the TUM Campus Straubing) as well as in research institutes, graduates have ideal prerequisites for a career in the field of technological value creation of biomass. Experts for innovative biogenic material systems are particularly sought after in the fields of biotechnology and plastics processing as well as in the processing industry and plant and mechanical engineering. In addition, they also work for large industrial companies in research and development, in material testing institutes, in sales, in production or in technical purchasing with career prospects right up to management positions; in medium-sized companies and in self-employment; in patents at home and abroad.

More info

Further information on application and admission as well as binding regulations on the course of studies and examinations can be found in the study database of the TUM.

Contact Person

Olivia Chia-Leeson
Olivia Chia-Leeson, M.Sc.

Program Manager Biogenic Materials

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187-164
Mail: olivia.chia-leeson@tum.de

TUM Campus Straubing
Schulgasse 22
94315 Straubing

Schulgasse 22 Room: 01.010

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