The aim of the master’s program is to provide a high-level multinational research-oriented education in fusion-related engineering physics, in close relation to the research activities of the partners, and with a well-integrated language and cultural experience. The combined and harmonized teaching and research of the 7 institutions involved, offers a great variety of competences in the field of fusion science and engineering physics.
The joint European master’s program offers a genuine European opportunity for master level studies in a field which is of crucial importance to contribute to the solution of the ever more urgent and vital problem of world energy supply. The partners have a long relationship in the framework of the coordinated EURATOM research program on nuclear fusion.
Student mobility is an inherent part of the program structure and philosophy combining the mandatory stay of the student at two universities in two countries (first and second semester in one university, third and fourth semester in a second institution, including the realization of the master thesis).
The two-year FUSION-EP program is organized over four semesters. The total training program has to amount ups to 120 ECTS.
The program structure is combined with a mandatory stay of the student at two universities in two countries as indicated in the table below:
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- Summer Event
- Semester 3
- Semester 4
- Summer Event
A Winter event near Cadarache (ITER site) will take place at the beginning of semester 4 (February-March) and takes 2/3 weeks. The program will contain courses and hands-on research activities in the field of nuclear fusion and plasma physics.
In between the first and the second year and after the second year a Summer Event (rotating between partners) is organized. At the first Summer Event, the partners propose a joint list of master thesis topics, with each topic belonging to a track. Each student now has to choose a particular track and a particular master thesis topic in this track. Coaching is provided at the Summer Event and fair balancing of the students over the partners is promoted. At the second Summer Event, the students defend their thesis in front of an international Examination Committee, the M1 & M2 students and international speakers. The Summer Event takes 5 working days, usually in the week of July 21.
All the partners offer the four semesters. To provide a general engineering physics education at master level, to prepare the students for the advanced track courses and to accommodate students from different backgrounds (which will remain present in spite of the selection procedure),
- The first semester starts with 4 compulsory physical/technical courses complemented by a Language and Culture course intended to immerse the student in the local language and culture.
- The second semester counts 3 compulsory courses, completed by two elective courses (i.e. courses from a well-defined and restricted list).
These courses are not identical at each university, but each partner schedules a course which is considered by the consortium to cover the topic indicated by the generic title.
For the second year (semesters 3 and 4), the student must choose a track or specialization. The program offers 3 tracks, all of them fusion-oriented:
- T1 (Track 1): Plasma physics (fusion-oriented)
- T2 (Track 2): Computational methods in physics
- T3 (Track 3): Plasma and fusion technology & engineering
The student will pass in two host universities, each during 2 semesters.
The host universities are:
- Ghent University, Gent
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3), Madrid or Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid
- Université de Lorraine, Nancy/Metz
- Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart
- Aix-Marseille University, Marseille
- Czech Technical University, Prague
A Program student can start in his own country. EU students or non-EU students already present in one of the partner universities can apply for regular Erasmus+ exchange support when going to one of the other partner universities.
In the second semester, the M1 students are invited to assist the M2 students during 2 days in Cadarache (near ITER).
In the 3rd semester, the student will stay 10 days in a research center abroad (IPP Prague) and during the last semester, all students will spend 2 weeks in Caderache near ITER. (see Winter Event).
During the month of July both M1 and M2 each year in another partner university, students spend one week in the Summer Event where M2 students graduate.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
- A bachelor's degree or the recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years study or 180 ECTS;
- Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field;
- A satisfactory scholastic average and ranking within the peer group.
The FUSION-EP is open to all students who have a Bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent academic degree of minimum 3 years study (180 ECTS or more) in
- engineering (nuclear, materials, chemical, electrical)
Applicants with another degree but with experience or knowledge in one of these fields can be admitted on a decision by the FUSION-EP Selection Board on the basis of CV and other evidence.
Minimum knowledge mandatory about
Quantum mechanics, comparable to the content of the following edition: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (ISBN: 047021161X) by Brian Harold Bransden, C J Joachim, C J Joschim.
Statistics, comparable to the content of the following edition: Statistical Physics, by Mandl ISBN10: 0471915335 or ISBN13: 9780471915331(The Manchester Physics Series)
A course credit proving this minimum knowledge is mandatory.
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills, and relevant work experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the FUSION-EP program. In addition, consideration may be given to how your background and life experience would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students.
TOEFL Paper: 580 TOEFL CBT: 230 TOEFL IBT: 90 IELTS: 6,5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each part) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C - CAE.
GRE test on physics.
Start collecting the following documents:
- Your Bachelor or Master diploma and if not yet available obtain an attestation from your university stating you will obtain it before starting our program.
- A full list of all courses followed the last 3 or 4 years with the results obtained.
- A passport for non-EU students at least 12 months valid when arriving in the host country.
- Financial support in order to pay the 9000 EUR (non-EU students or 4500 EUR (EU students). Know that you will need at least 750 EUR per month for 23 months.
- An official international language test (so NO national language test) like TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge.
- A CV in English.
- Other supporting documents like Summer Schools related to the subject (physics, energy, plasma, etc.) (not mandatory)
- Other EU languages certificates (not mandatory)
Program Countries refers to all EU Member States and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey.
Partner countries are all other countries.
Selection procedure works as follows:
After the deadline of January 31, the application files are checked for technical and content criteria.
- Introduced before the deadline?
- Requested documents included?
- Requested levels for Bachelor diploma?
- TOEFL requirements met?
- Diploma and program content are meeting the minimum requirements?
- Recommendation letters are positive?
- The CV is convincing?
The result of this evaluation is reflected in points.
Students are ranked top down by sorting the points.
The selection minimum is 60% of the maximum points.
The results are communicated in the last week of February.
Starting Dates & Deadlines
There is no single deadline - application deadlines vary from Course to Course (can be as early as December and as late as February). Pay attention if by the deadline the consortium means the date, before which they should already receive all your documents, or the date, before which you should send the documents by mail according to the postal stamp. If your application is late, it will not be considered (being one day after the deadline means being late).
Applicants will normally know whether or not they have been accepted for the Course in March-June. Courses start between August and November, depending on the university.
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