The master EM3E-4SW

 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:

  • Université de Montpellier (France), coordinating organisation,
  • Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France),
  • University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (Czech Republic),
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal),
  • Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain),
  • University of Twente (Netherlands).

Associated partners are:

  • Università della Calabria (Italy),
  • 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.

The Master course has a duration of two years: 4 semesters corresponding to 30 ECTS each and spent in at least 3 different countries. In the first year, theoretical and practical fundaments are provided. After an integration week, students enter the Master either at Université de Montpellier or at Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier. In each of these universities, there are common mandatory and optional units, corresponding to the teaching and research field of excellence of each partner (materials 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 University of Chemistry and Technology 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.

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

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