Master thesis Programme

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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