AMIS - Master in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability


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Programme Description

Awarded the EIT Label in 2016

The Challenge

As global and EU populations increase along with well-being and welfare, consumption per capita is also increasing. In the EU especially, consumption has outpaced production, particularly with respect to the more complicated, resource-intensive technologies and products that have become part of daily life. As a result, the importance of recycling and the circular economy will continue to increase in order to diversify our sources of supply and meet our needs.

AMIS is a Master programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability. The primary objective of the programme is to provide students with an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and a mindset for innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on sustainability. AMIS tackles this challenge by focusing on three themes – all of which are central themes of EIT RawMaterials:

  • Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
  • Material chain optimisation for end-of-life products
  • Product and services design for the circular economy

AMIS focuses primarily on metal and mineral raw materials. However, bio-based and polymer materials are covered in terms of their substitution potential, as well as other materials in the context of multi-material product recycling.

AMIS aims to train T-shaped professionals – experts in a particular raw materials discipline with an overview of the entire raw materials value chain. T-shaped professionals also work closely with industry to explore how innovation and entrepreneurship can strengthen the market uptake of raw materials solutions.

Through the programme, AMIS students will become experts in the field of raw materials, particularly in sustainable functional materials, while gaining a holistic view of the value and process chain.

Programme Structure

AMIS is a two-year programme:

Year 1 takes place at Grenoble INP, Aalto University or TU Darmstadt. Once students have chosen their entry university, AMIS provides a general curriculum in Materials Sciences, including mandatory courses in Advanced Functional Materials and Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship.

Year 2 is the specialisation year and takes place at one of the five consortium partner universities. Year 2 includes mandatory courses in Advanced Functional Materials with a specialisation in materials interfaces, nanomaterials, ceramics or hybrids, as well as the Master thesis, a research and development experience in material science jointly supervised by home university professors and host non-academic partners. Student mobility is an integrated part of the programme, involving study at two of the five consortium partner universities, depending on your chosen speciality. Year 1 and Year 2 must be taken at universities in different countries.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training

Robust entrepreneurship education is a cornerstone of AMIS. Students will have the benefit of well-rounded, hands-on innovation and entrepreneurship training that will equip them for a professional future, including joint collaboration courses with AMIS partners:
  • Project-based courses (Inno Projects I and II) focusing on the development of business models for the commercialisation process of new technologies.
  • The one-week intensive summer school working in teams on industry case studies to create new or significantly improved products, services, processes, policies, new business models or jobs.
  • Inno-mission Internship: work experience in a company or research organisation developing a solution-focused approach by translating innovations into feasible business solutions and the commercialisation of new technologies.
  • Practical work on various industrial projects integrated with innovation and entrepreneurship content.
Throughout the programme, students will have the opportunity to meet with relevant academic contacts in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as non-academic partners (industries, research and training organisations, entrepreneurs) who will also support future career building. The objective is to share best practices to enable learning from their methods and mistakes. If the results of a Master thesis are deemed suitable, AMIS graduates can also expect assistance from partners in setting up a business or spin-off.

Professional Profiles after Graduation

Are you a student who is:
  • Interested in sparking innovation in the raw materials sector?
  • Keen to become entrepreneurial and start your own company?
  • Motivated to find real solutions to environmental and societal challenges?
  • Interested in hands-on learning in industry and research companies?
The skills and knowledge AMIS alumni will develop will be highly appreciated by industries in the Materials Science domain or by laboratories, especially in the following sectors: microelectronics, optics, bio-technologies, energy, communication or environment.
As a resource engineer, potential career paths include:
Academic career/research: at universities, research institutions, teaching students or in a managerial position. Scientists with high commercialisation awareness, knowledge and competencies; someone who can effectively communicate the commercial value of their scientific research.
Resource industry: SMEs in chemistry, exploration, green energy, machinery and plant construction, metalworking industry, ceramics, environmental economy (R&D, product development, management, production, marketing and sales). Expert or manager whose actions and decisions influence the innovation output, value creation and performance of the company.
Freelancer and entrepreneur: create your own business or become a consultant.
Wider society: science journalism, consulting, project development and management, advisor to policymakers, administration, specialist agencies, media, etc.


Eligible candidates must have a Bachelor degree in Science, Technology or Engineering (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science) or its equivalent, as well as an English language certificate.


  • €1,000/year for EU students
  • €8,000/year for non-EU students


For students beginning in September 2020, EIT-Label scholarships from EIT RawMaterials of €13,500 per student are available. For information on how EIT-Label scholarships will be awarded and who is eligible, please contact the coordinating university directly:

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

EIT RawMaterials is able to offer students a unique opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, focusing on real-life challenges. EIT RawMaterials is initiated and funded by the EIT (European Insti ... Read More

EIT RawMaterials is able to offer students a unique opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, focusing on real-life challenges. EIT RawMaterials is initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union. The EIT Label is a certificate of quality that is awarded only to excellent educational programmes at the Master and Doctoral level. As a student of an EIT RawMaterials Labelled programme, you’ll be part of the largest European raw materials partnership – with more than 120 core and associate partners and 180 project partners from over 22 European countries coming from higher education, research institutions and industry. As an EIT Label student, you will have the opportunity to become part of this committed partnership as well as champion and contribute to the EIT RawMaterials objective of finding new, innovative solutions to secure the sustainable supply of raw materials across the value chain – from exploration, mining and extraction, to mineral processing, recycling and developing circular economy strategies. Read Less
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