SARENA, which stands for SAfe and REliable Nuclear Applications, is an Erasmus+ supported EMJMD programme aiming to develop scientific, technical and management skills enabling engineers to work internationally in all domains related to nuclear energy and applications.
The SARENA programme consists of a two-year Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, fully taught in English, which provides a dual approach of academic teaching and practical experience in the field of nuclear applications within the framework of an international mobility context. The teaching programme focuses on the acquisition of global knowledge and skills in nuclear physics and chemistry, nuclear engineering, radioactive waste management, decommissioning, as well as reactor operation and safety. The content has also been updated to cover recent trends in the nuclear industry, notably socio-economic perspectives in energy transition and the topic of Small Modular Reactors (SMR).
The teaching programme is strongly supported by practical experience, notably hands-on training in facilities available in the consortium institutions, used to develop high quality R&D activities, as well as workshops and trainings within laboratories and industrial facilities provided by Associate Partners (industrial companies, regulators and international organizations).
To be completed, the programme requires conducting a mandatory internship in a laboratory or an industrial company, thereby optimizing insertion in the labour market.
In tune with the actual needs of both the labour market and European challenges with regards to maintaining a stable decarbonized energy mix, the SARENA programme aims to educate international nuclear engineers with a strong European culture, aware of the energy, environmental, and climate context, yet ready to face contemporary challenges in the industry.
Masters may also offer full scholarships to the best-ranked students worldwide. Scholarships cover your participation costs and contribute to
- a living allowance
This scholarship is expected to be granted as a 100% tuition fee waiver as well as a monthly stipend of up to 1,400 EUR for the entire duration of the programme (24 months).
- Programme Countries: Member States of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
- Partner Countries: all other countries.
Admission into the SARENA programme is the responsibility of the SARENA Academic Steering Board, who will appoint an Admission Committee of representatives of the Consortium partners for that purpose. The Admission Committee reviews the applications and establishes the priority list for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships.
The admission criteria are the following:
- Academic excellence (30%): Education background, Bachelor grades and ranking, Quality of the university of origin
- Professional/academic experience, extra-curricular activities (20%): Professional experience in the SARENA field (e.g. energy/environment) in industry or in research, Professional experiences not related to the domain, social or extra-scholar activities
- Professional objectives and career project (15%): Targeted jobs and career project presented in the motivation letter, Objectives of learning or acquisition of complementary skills thanks to the Master
- Motivation for intercultural experience, interest in European countries and cultures (10%): Intercultural experience and international mobility, Particular interest for Europe or SARENA countries
- Language skills (15%): English (high priority), Spanish, French, Finnish or Slovenian (second priority), other European language (small bonus)
- Recommendation letters (10%): quality of the referees, quality of the letters, content well related to the SARENA Master.
Here is the list of required information/documents to provide in order to provide a complete applications:
- Completed and signed Application form for SARENA (this form is produced automatically by the application website, based on the information you enter).
- A full Curriculum Vitae in English (using Europass template is strongly recommended, visit – The Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- Copy of your transcripts, with translation in English, for the last 4 years of your higher education (done by your educational institution or by an official institution).
Copy of your degrees, with translation in English (done by your educational institution or by an official institution).
- 2 letters of recommendation in English (at least one from an academic referee).
- A synthetic motivation statement in English to present your career project and motivate your application (1 page).
- English proficiency certificate (e.g TOEFL, IELTS, see specific minimum requirements in the previous topic).
- Copy of passport information page (should include the passport number, your name, and your photo) or copy of your identity card.
- 1 recent photo (ID or passport size) with your last name, first name and country overleaf (for paper application only). For online applications, uploading your photo is sufficient.
Be aware that only PDF files are allowed (except for your photo, which has to be an appropriate picture file like JPEG). No other format of document will be accepted. If you need to convert your word files, pictures or other types of documents into PDF files, you can download the software PDF creator.