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Advanced Materials - Innovative Recycling (AMIR), M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The two main objectives of the Advanced Materials - Innovative Recycling (AMIR) programme from EIT RawMaterials Academy are:
  • To educate students to become highly-skilled European professionals with expertise in various types of materials. This expertise will enable them to develop, on a large and ambitious scale, new methods for materials recycling. In addition, the AMIR programme includes classes on transversal skills such as innovation, ethics, intellectual property, life cycle assessment, sustainability and advanced research strategies.
  • To develop a deep entrepreneurship mindset among students with the help and expertise of associated businesses, incubators and innovation services as well as a large panel of industries.
AMIR students benefit from a high-level education and research environment including access to advanced research laboratories.High-quality internships, together with mandatory international and intersectoral mobility, ensure that students gain the practical experience and skills necessary to make a difference as a recycling professional.The curriculum of AMIR was designed with the strategic goal of producing T-shaped professionals and entrepreneurs for the raw materials sector with:
  • solid knowledge of the properties and processing of various types of materials (metals, minerals ceramics, polymers), based on multidisciplinary training by physicists, chemists, process engineers, and others.
  • in-depth proficiency in recycling, material chain optimisation for end-of-life products, and design of products and services for the circular economy.
  • an entrepreneurial mindset, formed with the help and expertise of partners from industry and Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), as well as associated business and incubators.
  • essential transferable skills for researchers such as intellectual property, research ethics and scientific communication.

The Challenge 

Materials are the building blocks of the modern global economy and are instrumental for the transition to a green, circular economy which emits less CO2. Twenty-seven of these materials of these materials have been defined by the EU as critical, meaning that they combine high importance to the EU economy with a high risk associated with their supply. Accessing the known primary raw material sources has become more challenging, while the amounts of industrial waste and end-of-life-products are rapidly increasing. These waste streams contain secondary raw materials, many of which are critical and can be recovered, diversifying supply and contributing to meeting increasing materials demands. 

To strengthen raw material supply for a growing global population with increasing welfare, increasing recycling rates can contribute. For this to happen, skilled professionals with advanced technical knowledge of recycling, an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and the skills required to transform knowledge into solutions and business, are in demand. The AMIR Master programme was created to fulfil this need by educating future international professionals who will develop new routes for materials recycling. 


Graduates of the AMIR programme will be fully equipped to take on professional roles in the recycling sector:

  • Process optimisation
  • Materials design
  • Plant administration
  • Project administration 

Furthermore, the skills gained are widely required across sectors, including information and communication technologies, building construction, energy, machinery tools, and mobility. Graduates also obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to set up their own company or work in sales and marketing. 

Finally, doctoral studies are another possibility, and graduates of the AMIR programme will be fully equipped to enter PhD programmes in the recycling sector to pursue engineering careers or academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Materials, recycling and entrepreneurship
  • Material design for recycling
  • Metallurgy and metals recycling
  • Mineral recycling for construction and other sectors
  • Polymers, hybrids and composite recycling. 
  • Industrial internship 
  • Master thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

The program will deliver a Master's degree (120 ECTS) and is aimed at candidates who have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Environmental Sciences with advanced knowledge in Chemistry (minimum 3 years of study or 180 ECTS credits), or a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Physical-Chemistry, Materials (or Matter) Sciences.

Selection of candidates will be a cooperative process between partner institutions and will be based on a consensus. The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects:

  • Academic background
  • Motivation letter
  • Language skills
  • Work experience
  • Entrepreneurial potential

This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs

  • Darmstadt, Germany

    792 - 1230 EUR/month
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  • Bordeaux, France

    750 - 1050 EUR/month
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  • Madrid, Spain

    745 - 1260 EUR/month
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  • Lisbon, Portugal

    630 - 1130 EUR/month
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  • Liège, Belgium

    690 - 1070 EUR/month
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  • Miskolc, Hungary

    111000 - 152600 HUF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • The AMIR Master has obtained the EIT label for the 2019 and 2020 intakes and therefore offers EIT label scholarships to all students of 13,500€ for living costs for the duration of the programme.
  • Additional 'FIDEX' scholarships** based on merit from the University of Bordeaux for the best students spending their 1st year at Bordeaux. These scholarships 'top-up' the EIT label scholarships to the amount of 750 €/month/student during their 2nd year (+ 750 € travel bonus for non-EU international students)

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