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Erasmus Mundus – Joint Programmes

GroundwatCH – European Master


The two-year GroundwatCH programme has started for the first time in September 2015. Students will kick off their studies in Lisbon, Portugal and then go to Delft, the Netherlands and Dresden, Germany. Graduates of the programme will receive MSc degrees from the three partnering institutes.

The programme offers a distinctive curriculum built on the cornerstones of hydrogeology, hydrology and climatology. With this curriculum GroundwatCH aims to address the current gaps in higher education with regard to the understanding of the interactions between groundwater, surface water, climate and global change, and how we need to consider and can benefit from these interactions when dealing with adaptation.

Groundwater is the largest liquid freshwater reservoir on earth. As such it plays a crucial role in the existence and future development of humanity, but also in the preservation of groundwater dependent ecosystems, rivers, wetlands, flora and fauna. Groundwater has both a huge environmental and economic value, and the latter will continue to increase as the large and still growing direct (consumptive) and indirect (crop) water demands of the global population need to be satisfied.


IDS-FunMat – International Doctoral School in Functional Materials for Energy, Information Technology and Health

#Functional Materials for Energy #PhD

IDS-FunMat is an International Doctoral Programme in Functional Materials funded by the ERASMUS MUNDUS Programme of the European Union.

Our school offers scholarships for PhD projects in Functional Materials Science, carried out in co-supervision between universities from two different countries (see list of partners). In most projects an industry partner is also involved. The PhD candidates must spend at least 6 months in each university.

The European Union finances each year a number of ERASMUS MUNDUS PhD scholarships in our school, and in addition we have PhD projects funded by other sources.


EMJD-DC – An International joint Doctoral School in Distributed Computing

#Distributed Computing #PhD

EMJD-DC intends to become a permanent reference model for international doctoral studies in Distributed System and beyond. Students carry out their research work over up to four years in two universities from different countries, with additional mobility to industry in most projects. Joint training schools will cover both scientific topics and transferable skills, such as project and scientific management, communication, innovation techniques. EMJD-DC will initially award double degrees.



#Environment and Energy #PhD

The Erasmus Mundus PhD programme SELECT+ will provide participants the opportunity to produce, test and put energy innovations to the market in an international setting of highly respected universities and business schools.

The SELECT+ (Environomical pathways for future energy services) is a four-year Doctoral programme, with its main goal to identify, test, implement and commercialize highly efficient energy technologies. This programme combines the in-depth fundamental research that is required by academia with the development of innovations that have market potential. With a consortium of 8 core Universities, 6 associated Universities, 4 core Industries and 6 associated Industries, the SELECT+ programme will offer the way to reconcile these two perspectives through multi-disciplinary approaches in which the students work in collaboration with industries. Energy problems are typically multi-disciplinarial not only in the sense that different science and engineering disciplines are necessary but also that the social and management sciences (e.g. regarding business strategies) will have to play a critical role. This Doctoral programme puts equal emphasis to the social, economic, managerial as well as cultural aspects to the development of our PhD candidates.


FUSION DC – International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering

#Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering #PhD

FUSION-DC is a three-year Joint Doctoral Programme in nuclear fusion science and engineering offered by a consortium of 19 European partner institutions (8 full partners and 11 associated), the ITER Organization and 9 associated partners from China, Japan, Russia and the USA. FUSION-DC provides a sustainable, integrated abd coordinated education at the doctoral level in the framework of a worldwide network of excellence in magnetic confinement fusion.


SEED – Simulation in Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development

#Engineering #PhD

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate SEED provides in-depth training in the development and implementation of new state-of-the-art computational techniques for the modelling and solution of cutting-edge engineering problems in industry.

SEED program aims to meet industry current needs, where early product prototyping and development is now entirely carried out through numerical modelling, prior to physical experimentation of a few selected designs. The complexities of such models require new computational approaches, which are the main focus of SEED research activities. As a result, SEED candidates aim to cover important areas in engineering which include:

  1. Biomedical engineering: vascular system, respiratory system, tissue engineering.
  2. Civil engineering: soil stability, foundations, earthquake engineering, durability.
  3. Aerospace engineering: composite materials, turbulence analysis, aerodynamics.
  4. Environmental engineering: noise analysis, pollution analysis, risk management.

Students will be also taught to develop core entrepreneurial skills to successfully move ideas into commercial practice through a series of transversal entrepreneurship modules, as part of their training. Doctoral students will be immersed in an innovation environment through interaction with newly established R&D spin-offs hosted within specialist incubator units.



euSYSBIO – European Master in Systems Biology (concluded)

#Systems Biology #Master

The Erasmus Mundus master’s programme in Systems Biology (euSYSBIO) is a cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH), Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal (IST) and Aalto University in Finland. It is a two-year Master’s programme including compulsory mobility for the students. Students enter at KTH or Aalto University and continue in the second year at one of the other two institutions.

The euSYSBIO programme offers education of high international standard as well as cultural experience from two different European countries and a double degree from two universities.


EMDC – European Master in Distributed Computing (concluded)

#Distributed Computing #Master

The Erasmus Mundus programme in Distributed Computing is a cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain. It is a two-year Master’s programme including compulsory mobilty for the students.

The EMDC programme offers education of high international standard as well as cultural experience from two different European countries and a double degree from two universities.