Research and development of synthetic macromolecules, multifunctional polymers and biomacromolecules with respect to complex structure formation are indispensable to cope with the challenges of the 21st century including mobility, energy, information, security and medicine. Systems based on macromolecular materials are essential for key technologies and assure continuous progress in communication, quality of life, comfort, health and safety of the society.
|Duration of study||Four semesters parallel to Master and PhD-programs|
|Place of study||Bayreuth|
|Admission requirements||Bachelor's degree in the research fields of chemistry, biochemistry, polymer and colloid chemistry, physics, biophysics, biology and material sciences|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Application deadline||August 15th|
|Begin of studies||Winter semester|
|Head||Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt|
|Coordinator||Dr. Klaus Kreger|
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|Further information||Website Macromolecular Science|
An excellent additional scientific education
The Elite Graduate Program Macromolecular Science promotes professionally and personally excellent students and doctoral candidates in the fields of polymer chemistry, colloid chemistry, materials chemistry and catalysis, biochemistry and molecular biology, physics, biophysics and materials science. In addition to a broad and deep education in their core subject, students and doctoral candidates are expected to acquire additional interdisciplinary qualifications in neighboring disciplines.
The Elite Graduate Program has a modular structure and includes the start module "Modern Research Topics in Macromolecular Science".
In addition, it offers two advanced teaching modules on specific topics of macromolecular research, consisting of lectures, seminars and workshops. An interdisciplinary internship as well as the modules "From Research to Publication" and "Management Training" and a three-month research stay abroad complete the excellent additional scientific education of the Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science".
Polymers are the material class of the 21st century. The Elite Graduate Program “Macromolecular Science” offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary additional training in one of the highly innovative areas of material science and life sciences.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt
Owing to the modular structure, the intense mentoring and the flexible time schedule, which is individually adapted to the students, the Elite Graduate Program can be completed parallel to a master's or PhD program without leading to an extension of the total period of study. All teaching modules were and will be specially designed, elaborated and further developed for the Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science".
Snippets of the program
The Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science" welcomes its new students.
Networking in Bayreuth
Bayreuth students discuss with internationally renowned re-searchers in the field of polymer science.
Snippets of the research
A closer look at Geckos foot
Jens Neubauer, alumnus of the Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science", has been working within his doctoral thesis on force sensors based on polymers.
RfaH as transformer protein
Philipp Zuber, alumnus of the Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science", is currently doing his doctorate on the regulation of bacterial transcription by NusG proteins.
From spider silk to tissues
Vanessa J. Neubauer, alumnus of the Elite Study Program Macromolecular Science, develops in her PhD studies spider silk-based scaffolds for regenerative medicine.