General Info

NucPhys  is a two-year Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree Course in Nuclear Physics. This Course is based on the expertise of a consortium of Spanish Universities (Seville, Autónoma de Madrid, Barcelona, Complutense de Madrid and Salamanca) plus Universities of  Caen Basse-Normandie, Padova, and Catania.  The programme further benefits from the participation of the associated partners:  CERN: European Organization for Nuclear Research (Geneva, Switzerland), CNA: Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (Seville, Spain), CMAM: Centro de Microanalisis de Materiales (Madrid, Spain), CIEMAT: Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Madrid, Spain), CSIC: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), INFN-LNL: Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (Legnaro, Italy),  HGS-HIRe: Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research for FAIR (Darmstadt, Germany), GANIL:  Grand Acceleateur National d’Ions Lourds (Caen, France), INFN-LNS:  Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Catania, Italy) (includes AOUP: Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico di Catania), CNRS-In2p3-LPC: Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique- Institut National pour la Physique Nucléaire et des Particules- Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (Caen, France), ENSICAEN: Ecole Nationale Supérieure,  (Caen, France), TALENT: Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory (EU-USA), HVM: Hospital Virgen Macarena (Sevilla, Spain),  CETIR: Image Diagnostic Company (Barcelona, Spain),  AAA: Advanced Accelerator Applications (Ibérica) S.L (Barcelona, Spain), NUCLEOPOLIS: Pôle Nucléaire Normand pour la Santé et l’Energie (Caen, France), ARCHADE: Advanced Resource Center for HADrontherapy in Europe (Caen, France),INFN-LNF Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (Rome, Italy), CAEN SpA and CAEN SyS Electronic instrumentation, systems and spectroscopic solutions (Viareggio, LU, Italy).



The main objectives of the Master are initiation in scientific research in Nuclear Physics including theory, experiments and applications. The various specialities of the partner institutions result in a complete offer of pathways for the students.

Students of NucPhys will be trained in basic nuclear physics and technology, safety and radiation protection. The Master addresses the integration of students in the industry and other institutions (i.e. hospitals), and seeks to bring young researchers into Euratom-supported research projects. Therefore, special attention is devoted to the further implementation, in the nuclear and relevant medical and industrial sectors, of initiatives to attract new talent in the nuclear field and develop competences and expertise beyond the academic curricula. The aim is to respond to the needs of the nuclear industry and the corresponding regulatory bodies. Also important are the so-called nuclear activities of proximity, which include medical applications, the relevant non-nuclear industrial applications and the transport of radioactive materials. In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation is fundamental and is the base of this Master. This will revive the interest of the young generation for careers in the nuclear sector (in particular, reactor safety, geological disposal, radiation protection).

The achievement of these objectives will help to create a new European way to deliver essential economic growth through innovation, in accordance with the concept of “KICs” (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) as fostered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), in a highly competitive field. The best way to achieve these goals is by means of a European consortium specially designed to integrate the best expertise (needed to create an assembled, well-based and complete programme) of leading research/teaching institutions on Nuclear Physics within Europe. This consortium is a necessary step forward, because none of the mentioned institutes can alone offer a complete study career that covers all aspects of this multi-faceted field. Apart from the natural appeal of Europe for non-European students, the leading role of Europe in the field of Nuclear Physics will attract them to be trained in this field within the proposed EMJMD.


Students can choose among 3 different specialization paths:

PATH 1: Experiments and Instrumentation in large accelerators

PATH 2: Theoretical nuclear physics

PATH 3: Applications and small accelerators

The programme lasts for two years. The NucPhys consortium adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students will earn a minimum of 120 ECTS during their master studies.

The programme is regulated by a Consortium Agreement and the student participation is regulated by a Student Agreement.

The Master is divided in four semesters.During the two first semester the students attend courses at the entrance university which is Seville for path 1, Padova for path 2, and Catania for path 3 (see mobility below). The third semester is spent in Caen for all students (paths 1, 2 and 3). Finally the fourth semester is mainly devoted to the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) that can be accomplished in any of the partner institutions in Italy for students in path 1, and in any of the partners institutions in Spain for students in paths 2 and 3. It is encouraged the possibility of joint supervision by a member of another of the partner universities or associated centers. Students will have the possibility of having an internship in a company/LAB and to attend to an advanced courses/seminars, coorganised with TALENT, during the 3rd semester in CAEN.

The first semester is focused on basic learning in Nuclear Physics and tools, while the subsequent ones offer to the students the possibility to specialise in different branches. The organization in semesters is summarised in the table below. The detailed lists of courses offered at the various universities in the relevant semesters are available in the section Curricula.

Important note: The students can choose their path at the beginning. Once assigned the path, the mobility is fixed as given below.




Courses will be taught in English. Intensive tutoring of Master students will be assured during the whole course of their Master studies. Also, English will be the language of choice for tutoring and examinations. However, students will have access to language courses within each of the partner Universities. Up to twenty-five students can be involved in the programme for each cycle of Master. Admission criteria include a Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences or an equivalent degree (180 ECTS) and depends mainly on academic qualifications. Admitted students will be required to sign a Student Agreement.


Students who successfully complete the requirements of the programme will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by the Consortium universities where they accomplished the various parts of their Master studies. In addition they will receive a Diploma Supplement.


The NucPhys programme is regulated by a Consortium Agreement between the participating Institutions, which include an agreement about the awarding of a Joint Degree.

Students who participate in the programme must sign a Student Agreement that defines the terms and conditions of their participation.

The Consortium Agreement and templates of Student Agreement are provided at this link.