The master degree course normally takes 4 semesters (2 years) to complete and uses a credit system based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 1 ECTS corresponds to 1 credit point (CP). The programme can be started both in the fall or spring semester for Bachelor students from the Department of Materials, ETH Zurich. Applicants from other universities who meet the admittance criteria can start only in the fall semester.
Structure of the Master's Degree Course
Out of the Master's degree courses that the students will take during their first three semesters (at least 60 ECTS), they will choose at least 30 ECTS from a set of mandatory courses that cover overarching themes in materials science (Core Courses).
For the remaining credit points, students are free to specialize in a variety of materials-related areas, including materials creation, materials
analysis and properties, materials modeling and simulation, molecular bioengineering, nano-science and -technology, and others, by choosing Master level courses offered by the Department of Materials or by other ETH departments (Elective Courses). The professors of the Department of Materials will provide advice to the students as to which courses to take in their fields of specialization.
In addition, the students have to do two master projects (8 weeks), the master thesis (6 months), courses in the area of humanities and social and political science from the GESS-Department (GESS Courses).