The Department of Physics offers an international Master's program with a focus on particle physics started in the winter semester 2021/2022. The program is offered by the physics faculties of the University of Bologna (It), the University of Clermont Auvergne (Fr) and TU Dortmund University and it is supported by internationally renowned partner institutions. TU Dortmund University is responsible for the program. The duration of the Master program is four semesters and the Master's degree is a joint degree of all three universities.
The main focus of the program is on experimental and theoretical particle physics. The training in these subjects takes place at all three universities. Methodologically, the program is based on three pillars, each of which is associated with one of the three universities. These are statistics and machine learning (University of Clermont Auvergne), instrumentation and detector physics (TU Dortmund University) and scientific computing (University of Bologna). Training in these methodological aspects is the second focus of the program. The language of the courses is English.
Mobility and Time Schedule
The students of one year study as a cohort, which attends courses together at the University of Clermont Auvergne (1st semester), TU Dortmund University (2nd semester) and the University of Bologna (3rd semester) during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, the students will write a Master's thesis, which can be carried out at one of the three universities or at one of the associated partners.
Relevance for the Job Market
Even though the program provides for a specialization in a subfield of physics and is thus less aimed at the generalist typical in physics, the degree offers significant advantages over classical physics programs. On the one hand, it allows for increased mobility and a great potential for international experience. On the other hand, the three pillars of methodological education are associated with skills that are in demand on the job market. In addition, the program is a ticket to a promising academic career, e.g. through a subsequent doctorate.
Admission to the master's program is open to students who have passed a bachelor's degree in physics (or equivalent) with at least "good" (2,8; or "B", according to the best 35% of the students) and who have a demonstrable knowledge of English (level B2).
Tuition fees of currently about 950 € per semester are charged for the program. One part of this amount goes to the partner universities in Bologna and Clermont, the other part covers the tuition fee ("Semesterbeitrag") at TU Dortmund University.
Current Status and Schedule
Enrollment in the degree programme is possible as of now. The accreditation of the program is completed at all locations.