The field of energy storage is very important on a global scale and requires the training of young researchers of high level. That’s why, since 2004 the Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion+ (MESC+) master’s degree trains students in several European universities renowned for their expertise in energy storage: Technological University of Warsaw, Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University and Picardie Jules Verne University in France, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and University of Basque country in Bilbao, Spain. After graduation, students will be able to pursue a career in either industry or academia. MESC master’s degree is a two-year (120 ECTS) programme, initially proposed by Alistore-ERI and now strongly supported by RS2E as well.
RS2E is contributing to this chemistry master’s degree through the participation of affiliated researchers to teachings and by offering scholarships to three students (20,000 € each one).
The first MESC+ students were welcome in September 2004 at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse (France). Since September 2006, the MESC+ master’s degree received the Erasmus Mundus seal of approval (a quality label granted by the European Commission to the best-integrated programs at Master or PhD levels). The Erasmus Mundus seal of approval allows the MESC+ consortium to offer substantial scholarships to students (35,000€ to European students and 39.000€ to Third Countries students).
The MESC master’s course aims at giving students a high-level education in materials science and electrochemistry. Classes and examinations are fully carried out in English so that each student becomes a well-trained professional prepared for the globalization of both the private sector and academia.
The master’s program proposes courses dealing with synthesis, characterization and material properties for storage and energy transformation. A 6-month internship in a research lab is mandatory before graduation.
The MESC+ master’s degree receives around 20 students per class. You can apply online (application requires sending a resume, academic transcripts, a proof of your English proficiency, recommendation letters, an energy-related essay, etc.). The application process is open each year until March (for students applying for a scholarship) or June (self-supported students).