Erasmus Mundus: Master in Membrane Engineering

Deadline: 15 December 2013
Open to:  candidates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bio-chemical Engineering
Scholarship: 24 000 €/year for non-EU students, 10 000 €/year for EU students


The Master in Membrane Engineering EM3E offers an advanced education programme related to membrane science and engineering at the interface between material science and chemical engineering and focused on specific applicative fields. It involves 6 Higher Education Institutions of 5 European countries. The Master course has a duration of two years: 4 semesters corresponding to 30 ECTS each and given at least in 3 countries.

In the first year, theoretical and practical fundaments are provided. After an integration week, students enter the Master either at University Montpellier 2 or at University Paul Sabatier. In each of these universities, there are common mandatory and optional units, corresponding to teaching and research field of excellence of each partner (material science in Montpellier and physico-chemical processes in Toulouse). This first semester is adapted to students by taking into account the background and their learning objectives. During the second semester, students follow mandatory teaching units to acquire knowledge and skills on process modelling and simulation at the Institute of Chemical Technology of Prague.

During the second year, students choose to pursue their training in one of three university in order to acquire specific skills in an application field: Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (Universidad de Zaragoza), Energy and Environment (University of Twente), and Biotechnologies, Food and Health (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). The last semester is devoted to a 6 months master thesis in a university or an industrial company. The number of enrolled students is maximum 30.

The language of instruction is English. During the study period, the courses and activities country languages and culture are also provided. Students will be awarded with a multiple Master’s degrees from the three hosting universities, together with a Diploma Supplement.


Only candidates who have been accepted by EM3E in accordance with EM3E admission criteria are eligible for the scholarship. The scholarships are offered to the best students, after the examination of the applications. The admission criteria:

  • Hold a Bologna 1st cycle degree or a bachelor degree or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bio-chemical Engineering
  • Excellent academic background
  • Proof of good English competencies (all courses are conducted in English). English language tests accepted are: TOEFL-iBT (required overall of at least 90); IELTS (required overall score of at least 6,5); University of Cambridge (“Certificate of Proficiency in English” or “Certificate in Advanced English”).


Two kinds of Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be awarded:

Category A scholarship: for students of ‘Third-countries’ – those who are not nationals of the 28 EU Member States or EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of previous countries.

This scholarship is considered as a “full scholarship” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe. The annual value of the scholarship is 24 000 €/year distributed as: 

  1. Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs 4 000 €/year.
  2. Contribution to the EM3E participation costs (including insurance coverage) 4 000 €/semester.
  3. Monthly allowance 1 000 € /month.

Category B scholarship: for European students and students not included in the previous category A.

This scholarship is considered as a “financial contribution” covering only a reduced part of the student’s costs while following the EM3E studies. The annual value of the scholarship is 10 000 €/year distributed as:    

  1. Contribution to the EM3E participation costs (including insurance coverage) 2 000 €/semester.
  2. Monthly allowance 500 € /month.
  3. Contribution to travel and installation: 3,000 € only if the student performs the semester 4th in a third country.


The call for applications is open until December 15th 2013 (admission with scholarship) and April 15th 2014 (admission as self-paying student). The application is done online HERE.

Requested documents

  1. Application form dully filled out (online form HERE)
  2. Photo
  3. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of motivation
  5. Certified copy of academic degree(s)
  6. Certified copy of academic transcript(s)
  7. An official document, from the last institution visited, College, University or Technical School, stating his/her relative position in the corresponding graduation course, i.e., top 5%, top 10% or top 20% of your Bologna 1st cycle class or of your bachelor’s course (PDF format preferred). If you are unable to provide this document, please upload instead of it a document explaining the reason.
  8. Official proofs of English language proficiency
  9. Official proofs of other language proficiency (where applicable)
  10. Two reference letters. The first referee from faculty from which you obtained your degree. The second, from faculty or from an employer or supervisor.
  11. Copy of passport

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

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