Advanced Methods in Particle Physics

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A unique mobility experience

The International Master of Advanced Methods in Particle Physics (IMAPP) is a joint degree program (120 ECTS) between the TU Dortmund University, the University of Bologna, and Clermont-Auvergne.

The program addresses students interested in Particle Physics and aims to be leading researchers in the academe or private companies. The degree aligns its program with the job market needs: it offers 36 credits in statistics and artificial intelligence, in the development of detectors and electronics and computer science.

Moreover, 36 credits are devoted to experimental techniques, 18 credits are focused on the theoretical foundations, and 30 credits are reserved for the final research thesis. By studying at three universities at the core of Europe, IMAPP offers a unique mobility experience.

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The enrolment process, carried out by the TU Dortmund University, is available from the beginning of July until December 31st.


The enrolment procedure, described below, is now open! Please check the website to know how it will be possible to submit the application. We invite candidates to read instructions, prepare  documents and wait for the announcement on this website before applying.  The deadline for non-EU students will be July 31st. Non-EU students must read the enrolment instructions carefully and be ready to submit their applications.

The amount of annual all-inclusive tuition fees is 1928.74 euro, corresponding to 964,37 euro per semester.

The all-inclusive tuition fees for the enrolment in the degree programme are paid by students to TU Dortmund University per semester. 

Students’ admission and enrolment will comply with the following requirements:

– a first cycle degree qualification according to the European Qualifications Framework or an equivalent degree qualification in the field of Physics. This requires an examination of equivalence by the Admission Board;

– the qualifying degree has to be passed with an average grade higher or equal to B (or a final grading higher or equal to B) according to the ECTS grading system, corresponding to a grade of up to 2.5 (“gut”/”good”) in the German, 88/110 (recently updated due to a typo) in the Italian, and 15 in the French grading scales;

– valid English language certificate (at least level B2) or an equivalent proof (e.g. native speaker). In case of a missing certificate, an interview will be arranged to assess the English level.

Selected students must comply with the visa and/or residence permit requirements according to the country’s national laws where they run their activities.

For admission to the program, interested students enrol and pay the fee at TU Dortmund University for each semester (named winter and summer semester) and then register at the University of Bologna and the University of Clermont Auvergne. Deadline for the summer semester are published on the Dortmund website.

The procedure for enrolment depends on what country the Bachelor degree was obtained:

– Students who have obtained their Bachelor degree in Germany can enrol directly at the following linkEnrolment for the winter semester is possible from 01.07.  to 31.12. of each year. Interested students who enrol after 01.09. should contact the head of the study program.

– Students who have obtained their degree in a European country other than Germany should first apply to the International Office (EU student). Application for the winter semester is possible between 15.03. and 31.12. of each year. Interested students who apply or enrol after 01.09. should contact the head of the study program.

– Students who have earned their Bachelor degree outside of Europe should apply through uni-assist, which can also be reached through the International Office (non-EU students). Application for the winter semester is possible from 15.03. and 15.08 of each year.

A list of documents to be submitted can be found on the International Office pages above. We invite all the students to be prepared with the necessary documents in advance. If you need further information, please contact

The accreditation of the program is pending, so any conditions imposed by accrediting agencies may result in modification or cancellation of the program. All information provided here is therefore preliminary.

Programme of study 2021-2023

The first semester starts with an orientation week in Clermont-Ferrand. Click here for more details.

Lectures commence the 6th of September until the end of January. 

Lectures will be held in presence without any limitation at the beginning.  As soon as the pandemic situation changes evaluation level, mitigation procedures are in place to turn to hybrid or distance lecturing whenever required.

Click here for the Course Timetable. The operational timetable (including lecture rooms) is provided in a Moodle and made available to students as soon a they are registered. It contains as well detector physics and instrumental projects that the iMAPP students are not expected to follow.

The optional lectures (for 3 ECTS) are General Relativity and Observational Cosmology.
Though it is highly recommended that the students attend the lectures in their presence, a lightweight distance broadcasting/recording of the lessons will be available initially for the students who did not come yet to Clermont. Please inform us at if you are in such a situation.
Compulsory coursesCredits
Quantum Field Theory6 ECTS

Experimental Particle Physics

  • Module 1: Introduction to Particle Physics (6 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Standard Model (3 ECTS)

Artificial Intelligence for Particle Physics

  • Module 1: Advanced Statistics and Machine Learning (6 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Programming and Data Mining (6 ECTS)

The second semester starts with the Spring School in Cargese – Corsica (France). Lectures commence in April and end in the beginning of July.

Compulsory courses Credits
Theoretical particle physics 6 ECTS
Experimental aspect of particle physics 6 ECTS
Detector system in particle and medical physics 9 ECTS
Spring/Summer School 3 ECTS

During the first year students must select 9 ECTS among the following courses

Free choice courses Credits University
Guest lectures on basis particle physics 3 ECTS Clermont-Auvergne
UCA seminars on particle physics 3 ECTS Clermont-Auvergne
Electronic Labs course 6 ECTS Dortmund
Astroparticle Physics 6 ECTS Dortmund
Guest lectures on recent results on High Energy Physics 3 ECTS Dortmund
Modern Particle Physics 6 ECTS Dortmund
TUDO seminars on particle physics 3 ECTS Dortmund

Lectures in Bologna commence at mid-September and end in at the end of December.

Compulsory courses Credits
Advanced Standard Model 6 ECTS
Flavour Physics 6 ECTS
Computer science for High Energy Physics
  • Module 1: Computer Architecture (6 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Advanced C++ and python programming (6 ECTS)
Research Lab 6 ECTS

The fourth semester is dedicated to the internship in preparation for the thesis and the final examination

Compulsory courses Credits
Final Examination 12 ECTS
Preparation for the final examination 18 ECTS

Our Team

The program is run by a highly qualified team of professors and mentors from the TU Dortmund University, the University of Bologna and the University of Clermont-Auvergne.

Internship in leading laboratories Worldwide




INFN (Italy)

DESY (Germany)

DESY (Germany)

Portes ouvertes de l'Universite (UBP), Banderollesur le campus des Cezeaux au passage du tramway.

IN2P3 (France)


HSE (Moscow, Russia)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)

UNAL (Bogotá, Colombia)


Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)


MIT (Boston, USA)


LIP (Portugal)


HEPHY (Wien, Austria)


Max Plank Institute (Germany)




BNL (Brookhaven, USA)


Information about Clermont-Ferrand accommodation

Information about Dortmund accommodation (site in German, with a plug-in for translation. As soon as students will be enrolled a pre-booking service during their stay in France will be available for Dortmund accommodation) 

Information about Bologna accommodation