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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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IMAPP Programme

In the first three semesters, the students will attend lectures and lab courses (approx. 30 ECTS per semester) while the final semester is dedicated to the preparation of the research thesis and the final exam. The students will study at each of the universities for one semester as highlighted in the programme overview below:
  • First semester (September – January): Clermont-Auvergne
  • Second semester (mid April – mid July): Dortmund
  • Third semester (mid September – end of December): Bologna
  • Fourth semester (January – degree): internship in preparation of thesis, final examination. The location can be chosen for the internship, see below for a selection of international laboratories and universities

Programme Admission


Have you not got your bachelor’s degree yet? Are you planning to apply for this master’s programme? Are you still undecided? Have you already started the Admission procedure at TU Dortmund University? 

Please fill out the pre-registration form at the following link to help us keep track of the admission procedure and help you in case of doubts and problems. The pre-registration is independent by the admission process and it is for informal purposes only. Please read carefully the admission procedure below for the formal application.


The admission and enrolment process is carried out by the TU Dortmund University. You can find more details about the relevant deadlines below. Please read the instructions carefully and don’t hesitate to contact if you need further information.

Admission requirements

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 2.8 in the German, 84/110 in the Italian, and 14 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.

These requirements are also detailled in the admission regulations.

Admission procedure and deadlines

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

  • Bachelor degree obtained in Germany:
  • Students can enrol directly at the following link.
  • Enrolment 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.
  • Bachelor degree obtained in a European country other than Germany:
  • Students should first apply to the International Office (EU student).
  • Application for the winter semester is possible between 02.01. and 31.12. of each year.
  • Interested students who apply or enrol after 01.09. should contact the head of the study program.
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent) obtained outside of Europe:
  • Students 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 02.01. and 15.07 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

For admission to the program, interested students enrol and pay the fee (see below) 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.

Tuition fees

The amount of annual all-inclusive tuition fees is approx. 1940 euro, corresponding to about 970 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.

Deadlines for the payment of the tuition fee can be found on the TU Dortmund University website under the following link.

Course Overview

The students attend courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS each semester. The list of compulsory courses at each of the universities can be found below. For each lecture, a unique identifier (IMAPP-XX-YY) is provided. This identifier can be used to find more detailed descriptions of the content and learning outcome of the courses in the handbook.

Furthermore, the students have to obtain 9 ECTS in the first two semesters by choosing courses from the list of elective courses listed under “First Year – Elective courses”. Some of the elective courses can vary from year to year and are therefore not further specified in the handbook. However, the elective courses are announced well in advanced.
The detailled list of offered elective courses as well as course timetables are summarised on distinct pages for each starting year of the IMAPP programme:
The individual webpages are updated as soon as new information is available.
Compulsory coursesCredits
IMAPP-01-01: Introduction to quantum field theory and gauge theories6 ECTS
IMAPP-01-02: Introduction to particle physics and the experimental foundations of the Standard Model9 ECTS
IMAPP-01-03: Programming and Data Analysis6 ECTS
IMAPP-01-06: Statistics and artificial intelligence6 ECTS


Compulsory coursesCredits
IMAPP-02-01: Model building in particle physics6 ECTS
IMAPP-02-02: Practical aspects of particle physics measurements6 ECTS
IMAPP-02-03: Detector systems in particle and medical physics9 ECTS
IMAPP-02-04: Spring/summer school3 ECTS
Elective coursesCreditsUniversity
IMAPP-01-04: Guest lectures on various topics3 ECTSUCA
IMAPP-01-05: UCA seminar on particle physics6 ECTSUCA
IMAPP-02-05: Electronics lab course6 ECTSTUDO
IMAPP-02-06: Modern particle physics6 ECTSTUDO
IMAPP-02-07: Astroparticle physics3 ECTSTUDO
IMAPP-02-08: Guest lecture on instrumentation3 or 6 ECTSTUDO
IMAPP-02-05: TUDO seminar on particle physics3 ECTSTUDO
Compulsory coursesCredits
IMAPP-03-01: Advanced Standard Model6 ECTS
IMAPP-03-02: Flavour Physics in theory and experiement6 ECTS
IMAPP-03-03: Computer Science for High Energy Physics12 ECTS
IMAPP-03-04: Orientation for scientific research6 ECTS

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

Compulsory coursesCredits
IMAPP-04-01: Final Examination12 ECTS
IMAPP-04-02 / 03 / 04/ 05: Preparation for the final examination18 ECTS

Documents and examination regulations

Below a list of documents summarizing important information about the IMAPP programme can be found. The examination regulation published December 22nd 2021 defines the general rules for the Master program and gives regulations for examinations. In some cases, these regulations differ between UNIBO, UCA and TUDO. These differences are:
Length of oral examinations 30 minutes 15-45 minutes 30 minutes
Length of written examinations 1 – 2 hours 1 – 3 hours 1 – 2 hours
Registration for an exam (and cancellation): with the lecturer with the lecturer automatic registration
Notification about illness to the lecturer to the lecturer to the administrative staff
Number of trials for an examination two additional trials two additional trials one per session
There are further differences that require case-by-case decisions, e.g. measures to support impaired students, parental leave, etc.

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)


        Purdue University           (West Lafayette, USA)

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)


Point 8 GmbH (Germany)


E4 Computer Engineering (Italy)

Agaetis (France)

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.


Information can be found under the following link

Information can be found under the following link. The site is in German, with a plug-in for translation.

Further possibilities to find an accommodation in Germany as the student dorms are unfortunately overbooked:

Information can be found under the following link

Scholarship Opportunities Intake 2023/2024 

Students can apply for the following scholarships opportunities

Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus Mundus program provides scholarships for excellent students. The scholarships amount to 1.400 Euro per month for a duration of two years. There are about 18 scholarships per intake (7-8 from program countries, 7-8 from partner countries and 3 per NDICI countries) where a maximum of 10% of the scholarships go to students with the same nationality.  Key dates
  • Start of the application period, January 1, 2023.
  • Closing of the application period, March 15, 2023.
  • Comunication of the preliminary decision about scholarship, April 30, 2023.
Selection procedure The Selection and Examination Board reviews the applicantions. The Board rates every single eligible application based on the following criteria:
  • Academic grades (final bachelor’s degree grade or, if the applicant still needs to graduate, the average marks for examinations taken by the date of the application will be considered ) -> 60 points. 
  • Motivation letter and CV (a two-page letter that describes why you are the perfect candidate for the EMJM scholarship) -> 20 points. 
  • Two reference letters -> 20 points. The reference letters must be sent to the following email address by the authors, within the 15 March 2023. The letter, in pdf format and English, must include letterheads of author’s Institution and the signature (both handwritten and electronic signature are accepted). 
The Board will prepare a ranked list of selected candidates based on the total number of points obtained. The Selection and Examination Board reserves the right to conduct an interview in case of clarification from the candidates is needed. If the candidate is selected for the scholarship, the official assignment happens only if the admission and enrolment process is completed. 

How to apply for a scholarship (2023/2024 is now closed)

If you wish to apply for the scholarship, you need to submit the scholarship application form by clicking below by 15 of March 2023    
Any other way will be disregarded. Please note that the admission and enrollment procedures are independent of the EMJM scholarship. We strongly encourage you to apply in parallel for the admission, following the procedure described below    
In case you are not awarded a EMJM scholarship, you can proceed to enroll as self-financed student or apply to the additional opportunities reported below.  Please note the different applications periods for German, EU and non-EU students.
Graduate School CAP GS (UCA)
A program promoted by the Graduate School CAP GS (UCA)  proposes scholarships for Master students having been accepted in IMAPP, as one of the Master track of the UCA Graduate Track of Mathematics and Physics. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the academic merit; application from all countries in the world are welcome. The nominal amount of the scholarship is 4000 Euros. You can apply at the following link by the 15th of June.

The Franco-German University scholarships

The Franco-German University offers stipends for participation in the IMAPP program. The stipends will come as monthly allowances of up to 300 Euros for up to 10 months. The support comes with the requirement to enrol at the Franco-Germany University (no fees) and to support the idea of a trinational education including e.g. language courses. The stipends are open to all nationalities. Students interested in this funding will need to contact us before the 15th of September using the following form.

External scholarship Opportunities  

IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) Invitation

We are pleased to inform you about the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP), which was launched in 2020 by the IAEA Director General in an effort to increase the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation. The Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in nuclear related fields, by providing highly motivated female students with scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA. Scholarships are awarded annually, to 100+ female students, subject to availability of funds. In the selection of students, consideration is given to geographic and field of study diversity, in addition to eligibility requirements and other criteria. The selected students are awarded up to €20,000 for tuition costs and up to €20,000 for living costs for their Master’s programme. Upon completion of their studies, students are also given an opportunity to pursue an internship for up to 12 months at the IAEA, its partner organizations as well as industry.  Additionally, students are provided with opportunities to attend and participate in various educational, professional and networking  events.  Since its launch in 2020, MSCFP has received 1042 applications, selecting 210 students from 93 nationalities studying in 53 countries worldwide. The programme is envisaged to grow each year to ensure more women have an opportunity to pursue advanced education in nuclear related fields. The next application call is scheduled to open in mid-July 2022 and will close by beginning of October 2022. To read more about the programme and eligibility requirements please visit the link:  IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme | IAEA and Information for applicants | IAEA.

Erasmus+ scholarships (fourth semester only)

The fourth semester is dedicated to the internship in preparation for the Master’s thesis. Students who would like to work on their Master’s thesis at a  university or company in a European country (other than Germany) that participates in the Erasmus+ programme can apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship specifically for internships via the TU Dortmund University.

More details concerning the monthly stipend, application deadlines and other important information can be found on the webpage of the international office of the TU Dortmund University. You can also contact Laura Hope at the international office for more details concerning the scholarships.

Please note that IMAPP students are unfortunately not eligible for Erasmus+ scholarships in the first three semesters of the IMAPP programme.


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