Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics of Soft Materials
This MSc programme provides a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in the field of Soft Materials. The science of Soft Materials (aka "Soft Matter") addresses substances that have aspects of solid and liquid materials at the same time. They encompass a wide range of substances that include synthetic materials such as polymers, fibre-reinforced composites and foams. Nearly all biological materials are "soft", such as biological tissue, proteins, DNA, etc. The medical, pharmaceutical and food industries, for example, depend on an understanding of the soft-matter properties of products they generate, so do chemical and automotive industries.
Soft Matter science is intrinsically interdisciplinary, bridging not only chemistry, physics and biology, but also materials science and engineering. The MSc programme in Soft Materials is not only intellectually highly stimulating, it also providing the basis for excellent employment opportunities in a wide range of industries or for a continuation in an academic career.
The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) is an interdisciplinary institute in Soft Matter Nanoscience at the University of Fribourg. At the AMI, the MSc students will be closely integrated into the scientific environment of the institute. The MSc programme is very strongly "hands on", with all practical components taught in real research laboratories on instruments that are used in the scientific projects at the AMI. In-lab training beginns right at the start of the programme. The MSc programme therefore provides an excellent training for a career in technology or science.
You should have an excellent background in chemistry and/or physics and posess good oral and written English skills. The admission procedure consists of three steps: (1) Verify with the University of Fribourg whether your degree is accepted; (2) Submit an application consisting of a CV and a motivation letter; (3) Short listed candidates are invited for a Skype interview. Please download the application form here.
I enjoy working at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. The variety of different laboratories makes it easy to learn new methods.
Fikad Zerimariam - MSc Student
I was able to learn new techniques at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, as well as exchange and work all the time with researchers from entirely different fields to mine. Fribourg is also a lively city where you can always go out and enjoy a fondue.
Christoph Geers - PhD Student
In Fribourg, you can take advantage of the fact that it is a smaller place, which increases your chances of collaboration with other researchers and makes professors far more accessible. There’s also the opportunity to speak two or three languages while you are here. In Fribourg, you can meet a lot of people through the university’s sports programmes and student parties. It’s a really nice place to live where there is always something going on.
Céline Calvino - PhD Student
At a small institute, making contact with professors is much simpler and more friendly.
Luis Miguel Olaechea - PhD Student
There is a close proximity with professors and assistants. As a student, you aren’t just a number. The facilities are extremely good. At AMI, you are encouraged to work with people from other fields. I had a great time doing my master’s thesis at AMI. The research groups at the University of Fribourg are among the best around.
Mathieu Ayer - PhD Student