Material Chemistry – Field of study catalogue MU
“New materials are the basis for new technologies”
The aim of the two-year Master's study of Material Chemistry is to develop the knowledge of students with the Bachelor's degree mainly in chemistry, physics and engineering disciplines, so that they graduate as university qualified professionals in the field of material science. The study is aimed at mastering theoretical and practical knowledge and skills with which graduates will be able to independently carry out experimental and theoretical activities. The programme focuses on deepening basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and material engineering in materials technology, new materials preparation, characterization and implementation of physical testing of materials, and application of theoretical physical chemistry and quantum chemical methods for material design.
In two years students can, upon an appropriate choice of optional subjects, get qualified and focus specifically, for example, on the synthesis, preparation and production of materials based on metals or inorganic and organic materials including nano-structured ones.
The goal is to prepare professionals able to solve theoretical and practical problems, experts possessing the ability of analytical thinking, based on mastering modern methods of research and acquiring advanced knowledge about materials. This preparation creates not only a theoretical and practical basis for future graduates in practice, but also equips graduates with knowledge for further studies in related doctoral programmes. Students have the opportunity to participate in research programmes within the framework of grant projects, which are oriented to the research of new materials, including nanostructure materials with specific performance properties (catalysts, thermoelectric materials, sensors, etc.), quantum chemical calculations of the solid phase and the study of the materials structure. For these purposes modern equipment for experiments and computer technology for theoretical studies of materials is available.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- understand the nature of construction materials and materials for special technologies
- participate in the development, production and manufacture of conventional, advanced and new materials
- carry out a chemical characterization of materials with the help of modern chemical and physical techniques
- understand current instrumentation techniques of the entire chemical industry, perform computational modelling of materials properties
- demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and methods appropriate to the contemporary state of knowledge in the field of material chemistry
- work at the international level with the sources of information in the field, gain an orientation in literature and search the required data
Graduates of this study programme can find employment in a wide selection of professions that require a specialist university education. They can work in the development, preparation, manipulation, and characterization of: classic metallic materials, ceramic materials, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and also all new advanced materials, such as composites, biomaterials, hybrid materials and nanomaterials. They are also prepared to work in commercial and industrial institutions in research, development, production and control. Using their wide knowledge and skills, they can easily adapt to any technical or natural science field.
To create a study plan of the Master's degree programme in Material Chemistry, students may use a recommended study plan, which evenly distributes studies to the standard duration of two years and ensures the students’ fulfilment of all the required obligations necessary for a successful completion of this Master's degree study in the usual period of time. The study plan consists of required courses and selective courses, which are chosen by students.
To be admitted to the final state examination, students must earn at least 120 ECTS credits for compulsory and optional courses. Out of the optional courses there is a required minimum of 112 ECTS credits for courses in science, mathematics or information theory, of which at least 100 credits must be earned for courses in the field of chemical sciences. Elective courses particularly suitable for a Master's programme in chemistry are listed in the recommended study plan as recommended optional courses. Each academic year of study, students must complete a compulsory course without credit rating, Handling Chemical Substances. In the case of required courses, a student must respect the established continuity with previously completed courses. Further on, students must work on their theses on one of the topics offered by the programme.
During the course of their studies students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. They can access the Course Catalogues through the faculty website –
Students of the Master's degree programme in Material Chemistry are obliged to undergo practical training in the second semester of their studies. This obligation can be met already during their undergraduate study. The practical training lasts for three weeks and students can individually approach chemically oriented departments (manufacturing enterprise, research institutes, laboratories, etc.) and negotiate the training with them. Also, they can take advantage of companies and organizations with which the Department of Chemistry cooperates.
The final state examination is oral. The purpose of the examination is to verify that graduates have a general overview of the basic concepts and results of various disciplines and broader links between them, and that they are able to lead a debate on a professional level. The purpose of the examination is not to repeat detailed testing in individual subjects. The final state examination covers the main subject of Materials Chemistry. It emphasizes a thorough understanding of the contexts and lessons learned from completing the compulsory and optional courses of this Master's degree programme, taking into account the specialization of the candidates and the focus of their theses. Part of the final exam is the defence of the thesis, in which the candidate has demonstrated the ability to present the results and understand the problems of the specialized field and wider discipline at the current level of expertise. The thesis defence takes the form of an oral presentation, during which the candidate introduces the defence board to a theme and objectives of the work, solved problems, methods used and results obtained. The candidate responds to comments and questions contained in the assessment of the supervisor and the external examiner, and responds to queries raised during the discussion.
Master's degree graduates in Materials Chemistry can (after meeting the admission requirements) follow up with doctoral studies, in particular in chemistry or materials science. The Faculty of Science provides doctoral studies in the programme of Materials Chemistry.
Accreditation materials (29.2.2012 -31.8.2018): http://www.sci.muni.cz/NW/STUD/akreditace/chemie/Akreditace%20Mgr%20Chemie%20-%20obor%20Materialova%20chemie.pdf
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