Bionics, M.Sc. | Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences | Kleve, Germany
18 months
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The basic principle of biomimetics is learning from nature. The goal is to understand the principles and systems behind nature’s constructions and then to transfer them to technological systems and devices. Explore the Bionics programme offered by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences! 


Programme details

The natural world as a source of engineering inspiration – that’s the core idea behind the field of bionics, a combination of the terms “biology” and “technics”, which means engineering in this context. In English, the approach of combining biology and engineering is often called biomimetics.

The process can start with a biological observation and lead to a new devices, as in the left hand side of the figure below, where the aerodynamics of the falling maple seed "helicopter" led one of our teams to the development of a new, silent, low speed wind turbine, or it can start with a technological requirement like the control of an autonomous car when it's being overtaken by a large truck that led our biomimeticists to draw inspiration the flow feeling lateral line system of fish to develop a new flow sensing system which can detect the bow-wave of the approaching truck so that the car can be ready to react.

Explore the Bionics programme offered by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences! 

Bionics isn't limited to fluid dynamics. One major application of biomimetics is the field of biomaterials. Spider silk, for example, is both light and flexible and three times stronger than steel. Such material properties are of interest for various technical fibers. In robotics, animal models such as geckos are used as inspiration for the development of climbing robots. Another application is the development of water-repellent, self-cleaning materials, which were inspired by the surface structure of the lotus leaf.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioinspired Robotics
  • Materials Science
  • Prerequisite Bionics
  • Focus Field Robotics
  • Focus Field Materials
  • Applied Research Project

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  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor degree in a field relevant to the chosen specialisation (as described in the Admissions Regulations)
  • CGPA (min) in the Bachelor's degree: 2.5  (calculated using the "Modified Bavarian Formula")
  • English level C1: Note the ONLY certificates that can be accepted are IELTS and TOEFL. This is also a formal requirement for applications from German and European students. DAAD or other proofs of language competence are not sufficient.
  • Applicants with qualifications obtained outside of the European Higher Education Area must additionally submit documentation of a valid standardised qualification examination. Details of the tests and achievement levels required are provided in the Admissions Regulations (link top right).

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Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences does not charge any tuition. Students are obliged to pay an enrolment fee for each new semester: €321.32

Living costs for Kleve

630 - 1000 EUR /month
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