Specialized Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics of Soft Materials

This MSc programme managed by the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg, and supported by the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, 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, as do the 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 program in Soft Materials is not only intellectually highly stimulating, it also provides the basis for excellent employment opportunities in a wide range of industries or to pursue an academic career. The MSc program is very strongly "hands on", with all practical components taught in real research laboratories on instruments that are used in the scientific projects at AMI. In-lab training begins right at the start of the programme. The MSc programme therefore provides an excellent training for a career in technology or science. For more information, please follow this link.