The European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion and Engineering Physics (FUSION-EP), with its broad network of universities and research institutes, builds upon high-level, multinational, research-oriented education in fusion-related engineering physics. The programme operates in close relation to the research activities of the partners, offering a culturally diverse and academically engaging experience.
The studies in engineering physics are devoted to the technical applications of physical theory and strongly supported by the research activities in the different laboratories within the Consortium. By combining the practical concepts of a degree in engineering with the essentials of education as an engineering physicist, these studies train engineers capable of performing, advancing and leading technical and scientific research in both research institutes and industry.
The engineering component of the studies makes the physics engineer familiar with the analysis, design and optimisation of new and existing systems, products, machines, materials and more, for which simplification to manageable system descriptions (from rules of thumb to expert systems) is essential. Although the various methods and applications are treated in the context of the technology of fusion devices, their relevance goes far beyond the domain of nuclear fusion. In the physics component, the reductionist approach holds centre stage; here experiments and mathematical modelling seek to reduce physical phenomena taking place in the plasma and in its interaction with its surroundings, to their very essence, and to discover the physical laws applicable. The rigorous attitude is hereby essential, and a physical theory should stand a validation by experiment.
While in the first master year the course content is intentionally kept relatively broad, in the second year students can select between two study tracks (track Fusion Sciences and track Fusion Technology). The programme offers plenty of room for emphasis on personal interests through a broad offering of elective courses.