M.Sc. EMINE - European Master in Innovation in Nuclear Energy

KIC InnoEnergy Master School

Application deadline: February 28th (Application Round 1) & April 30th (Application Round 2)
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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MSc EMINE helps tomorrows nuclear engineers take up the challenges that the nuclear energy industry faces in terms of safety, social acceptability and waste management. By offering outstanding technical training and addressing the economic, social and political issues of nuclear energy, the programme broadens the scope of traditional nuclear education.

Programme description
As a significant contributor to energy supply security and diversity, the nuclear industry is a key component of EU energy policy. For example, the price of nuclear electricity is competitive and predictable, and carbon emissions are low and comparable with the best renewable. Nuclear energy is also a potential low-carbon substitute for fossil-fuel-based combined heat and power production.

MSc EMINE will help provide the industry, which already employs around 400,000 people in Europe, with the highly-qualified engineers required to meet the ambitious nuclear expansion plans that many countries are now drawing up. As an MSc EMINE student, you receive the high-level technical education required to master the engineering complexities of nuclear power generation, as well as business training related to innovation issues and energy management. The programme thus helps you integrate the technical aspects of the nuclear industry with key political, economic and social issues.

The uniqueness of EMINE lies in the involvement of its industrial partners. Four major players of nuclear energy, AREVA, EDF, ENDESA and Vattenfall, take active part in the master programme. The CEA is also actively involved in EMINE, thus contributing its expertise as one of the most important research centres in nuclear energy in Europe.

Target Group
EMINE is adressed to students interested in the nuclear energy and the challenges that the nuclear industry has to face in the future.
The requirements for this training are: to have a bachelor degree providing a solid background in physics, or/ and chemistry , and/or mechanics, and/or materials science.


The two-year MSc EMINE programme teaches you about energy management issues and provides in-depth knowledge of the nuclear industry. Your first year is spent learning the fundamentals of nuclear engineering plus safety and radiation protection as well as the design and management of power plants (all mandatory for any nuclear engineer) at either of the following locations:

* Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
* Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain

At the end of this first year, students from both UPC and KTH gather at a summer school at Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble, France) to discuss and dissect innovation issues in energy markets in general and nuclear in particular.

MSc EMINE also includes mandatory international mobility among recognized universities in Europe. Your second year is spent at either of the following:

* Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France
* ParisTech, France

Grenoble INP offers specialization in Materials Science for Nuclear Energy with two options:

* Fuel
* Components

At ParisTech, five options are available:

* Nuclear Reactor Physics and Engineering
* Nuclear Plant Design
* Operations
* Fuel Cycle
* Decommissioning and Waste Management

Your second specialization year also gives you the opportunity to gain a closer insight into innovation issues through a live case study where you apply a methodological learning-by-doing approach in projects coached by KIC InnoEnergy.

As a result of this approach, you gain a deep knowledge of what innovation is all about and you acquire the soft skills very much appreciated by employers, e.g. creating problem-solving solutions or developing fresh initiatives. Furthermore, the involvement of leading actors from the European nuclear industry helps you benefit from professional conferences and lectures as well as in-house training at key research centres.

After completing your second year, you perform a master thesis at an industrial group or research laboratory.

MSc EMINE gives you a comprehensive understanding of the stakes of the nuclear business. It opens a path towards a wide range of positions in the industry, from design and construction, to operation and maintenance, decommissioning and waste management.

As an MSc EMINE engineering graduate trained in soft skills, you are also able to evolve in management positions. In addition to a career in industry, you can also pursue a research career leading to a PhD degree.


To qualify, applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements based on previous studies, English proficiency and documentation.

Previous Studies: A completed Bachelors Degree
In order to be admitted to a KIC InnoEnergy MSc programme, you must have completed a Bachelors degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. Please note below that the specific BSc degree depends on the MSc programme you are interested in.

Conditional Acceptance undergraduate students in Final Year
Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to the KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office before your admission in a specific programme can be formalized. The KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office will forward this to your programme, and appointed Year 1 university, such that your admission can be completed.

Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Programme Specific Requirements
The requirements for this training are: to have a bachelor degree providing a solid background in physics, or/ and chemistry , and/or mechanics, and/or materials science.

English proficiency tests are waived for the following:

a) Applicants who have completed a higher education degree instructed in English at a university (or a university of applied sciences) in an EU/EEA country. The official language of the degree programme has to be stated in the degree certificate or its supplement, or in the transcript of records. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.

b) Applicants who have completed a degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


As KIC InnoEnergy nurtures high expectations for the career trajectories of its select group of firstrate students, it strives at promoting their education, the launching pad of their future as impactful energy engineers, in every possible way. Therefore, KIC InnoEnergy chooses to heavily invest in unique activities that turn the KIC InnoEnergy Master School trajectory into an extraordinary and extremely valuable episode in its students training to become an entrepreneurial player in the energy field. Part of the costs for your education will be borne by you and part by KIC InnoEnergy. Costs related to events integrated in the curriculum, e.g. Kick-off, innovation seminars and summer schools are covered by the programme, and included in the participation fee.

For European* Students applying to programmes

* For all admitted European students, there is a participation fee waiver, courtesy of KIC InnoEnergy.

* Scholarship possibility. Excellent students can be nominated for a monthly allowance of up to 750/month for a maximum of 24 months.
* You can be nominated for this scholarship independently of your application being received during either the first or the second application round.

For Non-European* Students applying to programmes

* The participation fee is 8000 /year.

* Scholarship possibility: Excellent students can be nominated for a scholarship including both a participation fee waiver, and a one-time travel and installation support of up to 1000**, and a monthly allowance of up to 750 for a maximum of 24 months.
* You can be nominated for this scholarship only when applying in the first application round (closes on February 28th).

* By European applicants applicants with citizenship in one of the EEA countries (all EU member states and Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) or Switzerland are meant. Non-European applicants are thus all applicants who do not comply with the above definition of a European applicant.

** Only applicants conforming to the definition of non-European above can be eligible for the one time travel and installation support.

Please note: A scholarship paid in Poland is presently subject to taxation in accordance with the provisions of Polish law. Subject to certain conditions, benefits paid by an entity having its registered office outside of Poland may be exempt from tax on the basis of Article 21 points 39, 40 and 40b of the Act of 26 July 1991. AGH shall endeavour to arrange a tax exemption for the Student. However, a final decision in this regard is issued by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in accordance with the binding provisions on personal income tax (Journal of Laws of 2012 No. 361 as amended).



KIC InnoEnergy Degree Concept

Upon successful completion of all programme requirements, students will receive a double degree; one from each of the two institutions attended. The actual names of the degrees awarded depend on the study locations and can be seen in the table above.

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