Our degree course considers the fact that crude oil, as the most important raw material base of the past 100 years, is getting more expensive all the time and will steadily be less available in the foreseeable future. This means that alternatives become necessary, for example materials on the basis of animal or plant resources. During the past 15 years, this basis has been rediscovered and revised after biomaterials such as wool, cotton, natural rubber, horn or shellac had been taken for granted.
Examples of developments, processes and products of basic materials will be presented in the degree course Biomaterials. The University Graduate shall be able to know, apply and further develop the conventional basic materials up to the latest developments in the field of material research.
Here, focus is put on special areas of application like leisure time, environment, aeroplanes, cars, medicine, textiles as well as special groups of basic materials like biodegradable materials. In addition to knowledge of basic materials, natural scientific background, analytics and ecology, the curriculum also contains economic science, integrated management systems (quality, environment, safety), legal aspects and cross-cultural competence.
Altogether the degree programme consists of seven semesters of standard study time. Basic knowledge will be taught in the first three semesters. Following this, knowledge will be intensified in semester four and five. At the same time, selections of optional courses are made to form a study profile. The practical semester or the study semester abroad will follow in semester six. The seventh and therefore last semester is for writing the undergraduate thesis. Here, we will also attach great importance to practical relevance and support any co-operation with the free economy. Furthermore, necessary skills for writing a thesis will be provided in block courses. Finally, studies will be completed with an academic conference.
The degree programme aims at education in Materials Science with special expertise in development and production of materials for applications in a multitude of industries: Automobile, airplane, furniture, leisure, food, medicine, pharmacy, textile, information technology etc. Thereby, special attention will be paid to manufacturing costs and environmental standards for given requirements regarding the specific application. Graduates will be able to make the right choice of materials for necessary product requirements.
If you apply for a Bachelor degree programme, please send a copy of the following documents (if applicable): secondary school certificate, university education certificate including all academic transcripts and diplomas, general certificate of education.
You also need to include a proof of your language skills through a recognized language test center.
For the bachelor degree programs in English we require language skills in conformity with the B.2. level of the Common European Framework.
No work experience is required.
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Founded on the 1st of May 2009, Rhine-Waal University began study activities in the Winter Semester 2009/2010 with the first three courses of study offered already in September 2009.