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 (European Master in Nuclear Energy) helps tomorrow’s 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.

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.

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

Competencies and Career

MSc EMINE gives you a comprehensive understanding of the stakes of the nuclear field. It opens a path towards a wide range of positions, from design and construction to operation and maintenance, decommissioning and waste management. You are also able to evolve in managerial positions and also pursue a research career leading to a PhD degree.

Employment forecasts

The European nuclear industry is a big job creator in the low-carbon energy mix. Based on the EU Energy Roadmap 2050 (where nuclear contributes nearly 20% of this mix by 2050), the industry will create 347,000 additional jobs in Europe from lifetime extension, new build, decommissioning and geological disposal programmes over and above the 900,000 jobs created by regular operation.


The two-year MSc EMINE programme teaches you about energy management issues and provides in-depth knowledge of the nuclear industry. It includes mandatory international mobility among recognized European universities, engineering institutes and business schools.

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.

Students in our programme benefit from the involvement of our industrial partners in the form of lecturers from industry, one week in-house training at key research centres, and activities such as ‘PIMS’ projects, where students work on the business plans of KIC InnoEnergy start-ups. During the 3-week summer school at Grenoble Ecole de Management, you learn about innovation issues in energy markets.

Last but not least, you also have a direct entry point to submit your CV for a 6-8 month internship with one of the programme’s industrial partners. Students wishing to do their internship with a company that is not a partner of the programme have the possibility to organize this themselves.

As a result of this ‘learning-by-doing’ approach, you acquire the hard and soft skills very much appreciated by employers, e.g. creating problem-solving solutions or developing fresh initiatives.

Year 1

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

Summer School
At the end of this first year, students from both UPC and KTH gather for a summer school at Grenoble Ecole de Management to discuss and dissect innovation issues in energy markets in general, and nuclear in particular. Industry experts from the nuclear industry share their knowledge in guest lectures. You also make field visits to nuclear facilities.

Year 2

During your second year, you attend either of the following institutions:

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

You choose one of the specializations below:

  • Materials Science for Nuclear Energy
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics and Engineering
  • Nuclear Plant Design
  • Operations
  • Fuel Cycle Decommissioning and Waste Management.

During your second year, you perform a Master thesis at an industrial group or research laboratory.


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

Previous Studies: A Completed Bachelor’s Degree

In order to be admitted into a KIC InnoEnergy MSc programme, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. Please note that admissions depend on the specific BSc degree you hold for entry into 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 expected to qualify, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from your university’s administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your study programme and stating 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 can be finalised. The KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office will forward your application to your appointed Year 1 university so that your application can be completed.

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

English Proficiency

Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, which is generally established through an internationally recognized test. Please note that in order to be considered for one of our programmes, we need to receive your test result before 1 April 2015 when you are applying in the first application round and 1 June 2015 if you are applying in the second application round. Any scores received after those deadlines will not be considered. Therefore, it is important that you plan your test well ahead of the deadlines. Please note that it can take up to six weeks to receive test scores. The following tests and scores are accepted:

General English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS Academic test

An overall band score of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5, is required. IELTS tests are verified online by the Admissions office. Sending a photocopy of your test together with your application documents is therefore sufficient.

TOEFL Internet-based test, IBT

A total score of at least 92 (with the writing section scoring at least 22) is required. English test results from TOEFL must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code you need to use (0683) is exclusive to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This code is used regardless of the location of your studies at KIC InnoEnergy. For KIT, you should choose the option ‘any department not listed’ and then you can manually enter the name of the KIC InnoEnergy programme. Examinee score reports or photocopies are not accepted.

Please note that it can take several weeks for your test scores to arrive from ETS, so arrange for them to be sent as early as possible.

University of Cambridge / University of Oxford Certificates

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): grades A – C are accepted.

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grades A – C are accepted.

For the University of Cambridge Certificates: please provide your Candidate ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and Secret number (4 digits) in our online application form, such that we can verify your results online. If not available, you will need to send a certified copy of your Cambridge Certificate by regular mail before the deadline.

Validity of English test results

Results of IELTS and TOEFL are valid from two years of the date of the exam. The same holds for CPE/CAE certificates. If you can show proof that you have maintained your English proficiency since then, we will consider this on a case by case basis.

English proficiency tests are waived for applicants who:

  • Have completed a higher education degree fully instructed in English at auniversity 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. Statements by professors are not accepted. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.
  • Have completed a degree in English at a university located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
Programme Specific Requirements:

To be eligible for the MSc EMINE, applicants must fulfill the General Admission Criteria for KIC InnoEnergy MSc Programmes. In addition, specific requirement in terms of academic background are required to be eligible for EMINE. Applicants should have a Bachelor degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering. Applicants with other Bachelor degrees, which include fundamentals in mathematics, physics and mechanics, will be considered by the EMINE consortium on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


As KIC InnoEnergy nurtures high expectations for the career trajectories of its select group of first–rate 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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