The Erasmus Mundus 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 High Education Insitutions of 5 European countries: University of Twente (Netherlands), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (Czech Republic), Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) and Université Montpellier 2 (France, coordinating organisation). Associated partners are the Universitat della Calabria (Italy), the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Université Hassan II of Mohammedia (Morocco).
The pedagogical project of Master comes from the closely collaboration between partners through the European Research Network of Excellence NanoMemPro (EU-FP7).
Erasmus Mundus is an educational programme launched by the European Commission to promote the cooperation and mobility of higher education. It is a unique opportunity to offer attractive scholarships to non-European and European students by placing emphasis on the diversity of the students origin.
What is membrane engineering ?
Environmental considerations like massive scale air or water pollution and also the gradual rarefaction of the fossil energy resources gave rise to the concept of sustainable growth and to related strategies like process intensification, reuse of water and solvents at their point of use, hydrogen as energetic vector (requiring H2 production and using fuel cells as electric generators) or CO2 capture and storage.
Membranes have a key role to play in the new technologies and in the separation operations associated with these strategies.
Moreover a lot of separation operations are currently performed using membranes in industrial processes. Among the major applications for liquids, it can be mentioned the water desalination, the preparation of food, beverage, dairy or pharmaceutical products or the treatment and the recycling of industrial effluents, the production of tap or ultrapure water, the dehydration of ethanol, the dialysis of blood (kidney machine) For gas separation, some examples of current applications are the removal of hydrogen from ammonia synthesis gas, the removal of carbon dioxide from natural gas and the air separation. Intensive efforts of R&D are now engaged over the world to develop high performance membranes.
As an example, the membrane technologies are identified as Key Technologies 2015 by the French government. On the other hand, the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) has now a new section dedicated to « Membrane Engineering ». A Network Of Excellence "Nanomempro" focused on this domain has been supported by Europe during the last 4 years.
The master EM3E
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:
Associated partners are:
The pedagogical project of the master comes from the closely collaboration between partners through the European Research Network of Excellence NanoMemPro.
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 Masters degrees from the three hosting universities, together with a Diploma Supplement.
The EM3E Master programme takes 2 years (120 ECTS) of normal study. The courses provided in the four semesters, S1-S4, bridge different scientific domains like material science, physics & chemistry, engineering & processes, while keeping a focus on relevant applications of membranes in food and health industry, industrial and chemical processing, energy, environmental control, pharmaceutical industry, biomedical applications, etc.
During semester S1, after registration and an integration week at the Université Montpellier 2 (UM2), France, all the students stay together at the University of Montpellier 2 (France) or at the University of Toulouse 3 (UPS), France. The first semester is devoted to the fundamentals of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. Depending on students' bachelor track and on the option chosen when applying, students, have the opportunity to choose between two specialities (four courses) more focused on Materials Science or on Chemical Engineering.
Semester S2 is devoted to the fundamentals of process modelling and technologies at the Institute of Chemical Technology of Prague (ICTP), Czech Republic. The courses offered in the first year, semesters S1 and S2, provide a broad and flexible orientation in the field of science and technology of membranes. In the second year, semester S3, the students can specialize in one of the following three tracks:
In the final semester, S4, the students learn how to work independently for a period of 6 months on an extensive research project, in either a university or industrial environment. The student are primarily responsible for progress, planning and discussion with supervising lecturers.
The courses offered in the master are at the interface with differents sciences (material science, physical-chemistry, chemical engineering ...) which are applied on various specific applicative fields (energy, environmental, food industry, pharmacy, biomedical application ...).
The first year (S1 and S2) is dedicated to courses on materials sciences, physical-chemistry and enginnering. The first semester of the second year (S3) has for objectives to turn thsese sciences into applications.
The fourth semester (S4) is devoted to the master thesis (minimum five months). It can be performed in a EM3E partner university or in an external organization (research center or industrial company) after agreement of the EM3E consortium.
The master thesis is co-directed by an academic staff of the university where the student have performed the third semester (S3).
France propose a world-class higher education institutions in an international environment. The application process for international students is exactly the same as it is for french students but it's indispensable to contact with a platform “Etude in France” and the regional department of “Campus France” (a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students).
Higher education is thus provided by two main types of institution: universities and "grandes écoles". «Grandes écoles» are the most reputable of the French education system. To win admission students get in by competitive examination, the institutions are relatively small, and classes in them small too. French universities are open to all “bacheliers”, or a student whom has passed their baccalaureate, and it's also easier to apply for the university program.
It is necessary to point out that the European local or an international student have to complete the application process in its entirety, as well as submit all documentation at the time of submission so the procces suit to the ground for the students all over the world. Students are eligible for grants and other financial assistance from the governement to support study in France.
The minimum admission criteria are the same for all students irrespective of their country of origin or of the training track they candidate to.
Other official proof could be admitted under validation of the EM3E consortium. Candidate from English speaking countries or candidate who completed his/her bachelor degree in English as medium of instruction must provide an official letter from his/her university from which he/she graduated attesting that English is the media of instruction. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIPS
EM3E Master through the European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships to non-European and European students to follow the EM3E master courses. Two kinds of Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be awarded:
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:
This scholarship is considered as a financial contribution covering only a reduced part of the students costs while following the EM3E studies. The annual value of the scholarship is 10 000 /year distributed as:
Students eligible for a scholarship and important remarks
We encourage to all students to look for other grants from: their government, their University of origin or their local Council. Ask your University and local authorities for further details about these grants.