Master thesis Programme

EM3E-4SW, Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering for a Sustainable World

The Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering for a Sustainable World, EM3E-4SW (earlier EM3E), offers an advanced educational programme related to membrane science and engineering at the interface between material science and chemical engineering and focused on specific applicative fields.

The master was born in 2010. In that year, it was labelled by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Master for the period 2011-2017. In 2016, the European Commission renewed the label under the Erasmus+ programme and confirmed the excellence of the programme.

The master involves 6 High Education Institutions of 5 European countries: University of Twente (Netherlands), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (Czech Republic), Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) and Université de Montpellier (France, coordinating organisation). Associated partners are the Università della Calabria (Italy) and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

The pedagogical project of Master comes from the close collaboration between partners through the European Research Network of Excellence NanoMemPro (EU-FP6) started in 2004.

* Erasmus+ programme, Erasmus Mundus scheme, 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.




The EM3E-4SW 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 (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 University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCTP), 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:

  • Biotechnologies, Food and Health, at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal (~ 10 students)
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at the Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR), Spain (~ 10 students)
  • Energy and Environment, at the University of Twente (UTwente), The Netherlands (~ 10 students).

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 European Membrane House and the European Membrane Society support the creation of the Master EM3E-4SW.

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