Curriculum for Academic Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020
Professor in charge: Professor Robin Ras
Academic coordinator: University Lecturer Janne Halme
Degree: Master of Science (Technology) from Aalto University (120 ECTS), Master of Science or similar degree from partner university
Major: Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (SCI3083)
Minor: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SCI3091)
Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS) major will tackle the theme
substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimised performance, but will also
cover material chain optimisation for end-of-life products and product and services design for the
circular economy — all of which are central themes of the EIT RawMaterials. The primary focus of
the adaptation is on metal and mineral raw materials; bio-base and polymer materials are covered in
view of their substitution potential and other materials in the context of multi-material product
recycling. In addition, AMIS includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation
The mobility of the students is an integrated part of the programme and during the two-year
programme, the students will study at two of the consortium partner universities. The first year
studies are taken either in Aalto, Grenoble INP or TU Darmstadt (two semester: autumn + spring).
For the second year, the students move to one of these exit universities: Aalto, Grenoble INP, TU
Darmstadt, Université de Liege or Université de Bordeaux 1. Upon completion of the programme,
students will receive a double degree. The language of instruction of AMIS programme is English.
The AMIS programme will boost young professionals to become change agents with an
entrepreneurship mindset able to safeguard the sustainability of EIT RawMaterials throughout the
industrial and research landscape.
Learning outcomes in Aalto University
First year learning outcomes
In the first year, students build a body of skills and knowledge that puts them on fast track to
becoming specialists in entrepreneurship and materials science. They will know the fundamental
principles and concepts of businesses and entrepreneurship, and have an up-to-date picture of
nanophysics, nanomaterials and functional materials.
They will apply this knowledge in hand-on exercises and group work. Through tailored
methodology and English language courses, the student will get introduced into project
management, group dynamics, entrepreneurship and oral communications, in a setting that mimics a
professional environment. Such integrated training of soft and hard skills is needed for the rest of
the Master’s studies. The year is completed by summer camp, jointly with all the other AMIS
students, and internship in the field.
Second year learning outcomes
Building on the foundations laid in the 1st year, the students learn advanced topics in areas of their
choice and continue to improve their research and hands-on skills. They will have in-depth
understanding of some specialist topics in nanophysics, nanomaterials and functional materials.
Through tailored methodology and English language courses, the student will get introduced into
project management, group dynamics, entrepreneurship and oral communications, in a setting that
mimics a professional environment. The students are able to apply their knowledge and present
technical information in written and spoken form.
• Grenoble Institut Polytechnique (GINP), France (Coordinator) http://www.grenoble-inp.fr/
• Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany https://www.tu-darmstadt.de/
• Aalto University, Espoo, Finland http://www.aalto.fi/en/
• University of Bordeaux, France http://www.u-bordeaux.com/
• University of Liege, Belgium https://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/c_5000/en/home
Degree structure at Aalto University
|Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability Major (55 ECTS)|
|Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)|
|Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor (35 ECTS)|