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Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you? You can find below the answers to the questions that we get asked the most about the AMIR Programme.

There are several documents that are needed for the AMIR programme appilcation process. Please refer to the application guidelines on our apply page to learn more.

The admissions procedure varies according to a students’ chosen host institution. Students selected for the AMIR programme will be contacted in due time with information on how to proceed with local admission/registration in their first year at either Bordeaux or NOVA Lisbon.

Candidates will be able to apply to the 2020-2022 edition of the AMIR Master Programme in February 2020. Please check our apply page in late January 2020 for the exact application period (opening and closing dates).

Annual programme fees for the 2020-2022 edition are:

2000€/year for EU students
4000€/year for non-EU international

There are several scholarship opportunities to study on the AMIR Programme. Please visit our fees and scholarships page to learn more.

AMIR is a two year full time master programme. First year classes at the University of Bordeaux and NOVA Lisbon start at the beginning and middle of September respectively. Please note that depending on a students’ choice of second year host university, the local academic calendar may mean that students will not finish their second year until November or even December.

The programme is aimed at applicants that 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. Candidates are assessed and selected on the following qualifying factors:

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

Applicants will need a certificate from an accredited language centre testifying that your level of English is at least CEFR B2 (IELTS score of 6.5 / TOEFL of 75. / Cambridge B2 First) or, for those who studied in an English-speaking country, an official university letter stating that your university studies were undertaken in English. Not mandatory for students of the following nationalities: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

AMIR graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Visit our careers page for more details.

All students from outside the EEA require a visa to study in Europe. You will be provided with details once your application has been accepted. If you hold EU/EEA citizenship then you will normally not need a visa.

The AMIR master programme involves study in two different European countries and involves intense periods of study. While part-time work may be possible, you should ensure that you can adequately fund your living expenses without recourse to term-time work for the duration of the programme.

The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded to top Master and PhD programmes which excel in shaping a new generation of students into game changers and innovators. Students of EIT Label programmes learn how to combine their specialist knowledge with key innovation and entrepreneurship skills to develop solutions to pressing societal challenges. The EIT Label was developed and awarded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union.

All the AMIR partner universities offer campus accommodation or support in finding your own accommodation in the local area. You’ll be sent further information once you’re accepted on to the programme.

While we are still developing an AMIR Student and Alumni network, which would also give prospective students the ability to contact former students, you can now chat with an AMIR EIT RawMaterials Student Ambassador. To find out more please visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/eit-rm-academy/labelled-masters-ambassadors/.

No! All administration, teaching, assessment and practical activities are in English. However, whilst studying at Bordeaux non-French speaking students practice spoken and written French, including study on France’s cultural and everyday life communication. This teaching unit allows the full integration of students coming from various horizons. For French-speaking students: Practice of spoken and written English to reach level B1 minimum (TOEIC 550 pts) is required– Learning scientific/professional communication.

This varies depending on where you study. An indication of approximate living costs can be found on the University of Bordeaux’s everyday life budget page.