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EU Supports International Master’s Degree Program in Physics with €4.5 Million

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The four-semester Master’s degree program is taught in English at all three universities – Dortmund, Bologna and Clermont-Ferrand.

The Department of Physics has been able to secure a European Union grant worth several million euros for its international Master’s degree program in the field of particle physics: Within the Erasmus Mundus program, the three universities responsible for the “International Master of Advanced Methods in Particle Physics” (IMAPP) will receive funding to the tune of €4.5 million. More than half the funding will be distributed over the next six years to the best international students in the form of scholarships.

The Department of Physics runs the IMAPP degree program, which enables students to specialize in particle physics, in cooperation with the University of Bologna in Italy and the University of Clermont Auvergne in France. TU Dortmund University is the spokesperson for the program. As their four-semester course is taught in English at all three universities, participants gain valuable international experience. In addition, they acquire – through comprehensive methods training – skills much in demand on the job market, from programming and machine learning to instrumentation. Furthermore, the joint IMAPP degree is a sound basis for doctoral studies afterwards.

Scholarships for the best international students

The Department of Physics at TU Dortmund University has now succeeded in convincing the European Union of this study program too. The Erasmus Mundus program accepts only those international degree programs that are excellent, offered by at least three universities from three European countries and lead to joint degrees. Thanks to the funding, TU Dortmund University will soon be able to establish a new coordination office especially for the program and organize field trips and summer schools, for example. “The funding will, however, also directly benefit the students,” emphasizes Professor Kevin Kröninger, Dean of the Department of Physics. From the 2023/24 winter semester onwards, the best international students can expect scholarships of up to €1,400 per month. “With this, we want to specifically address international students from now on who are not from Europe. Those who qualify for the scholarship will profit from having their studies financed in full,” says Kröninger.

“The international Master’s program in cooperation with the universities in Bologna and Clermont Auvergne is an important building block in our university’s progressing internationalization,” says Professor Tessa Flatten, Vice President International Affairs at TU Dortmund University. “I am therefore very pleased that funding worth millions has been secured for this degree program within the Erasmus Mundus program. This underlines the importance and appeal of the degree program and increases the international outreach of the whole university.” The IMAPP program fits into the recently published Internationalization Strategy of TU Dortmund University, in which expanding the university’s portfolio of international study programs was defined as one of the central goals.

IMAPP: Flanked by other funding

While the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is intended for the best international students, all IMAPP participants can benefit from funding from the Franco-German University (FGU). During their time abroad, they receive a FGU scholarship of up to €300 per month. To foster internationalization on its own campus as well, in the 2022 summer semester the Department of Physics also established the Ulrich Bonse Visiting Chair for Instrumentation. Within the program, a new, internationally renowned guest comes to TU Dortmund University each semester, whose courses are an integral part of the IMAPP degree program. The visiting chair is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service within its visiting lecturer program.

Information about the study program

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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