The admission criteria are common to all institutions of the consortium. The application files are sent to the coordinating Institution and are examined by the International Committee of the Master.
The consortium aims to admit highly qualified students from a wide range of countries including Europe, America, Africa and Asia. In this respect the EM Consortium follows the recommendations provided by the European Charter and Code:
- Recruitment should be “efficient, transparent, supportive and internationally comparable”.
- Selection committees should bring together diverse expertise and competences.
- Judging merit. The selection process should take into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidates.
- Career breaks or variations in the chronological order of CVs should not be penalised.
- Recognition of mobility experience.
- Recognition of qualifications.
Compliance with these points is ensured by the set up of the admission criteria (vide infra), the complementarity of expertise of the International committee and the provision that a personal interview may be required to assess merit not reflected in university qualifications. Finally the EM Consortium has made, from the first edition, an effort, not always easy to overcome administrative problems arising from the lack of procedures, to admit students from third-world countries with different academic systems, and even European students who had followed non-standard paths though their qualifications and education had the required level.
The same criteria are applied to students coming from third countries. For students coming from third countries or having a Bachelor different from those mentioned above, the possession of the following (or equivalent) subjects at the level of the Chemistry Eurobachelor needs to be certified:
Chemical Bonding, atomic and molecular structure and intermolecular interactions, General physics, Mathematics, General Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics and kinetics. Spectroscopy. Some deficiencies may be remedied through the levelling course. However, if there are deficiencies in more than two of the aforementioned areas, the applicant will not be accepted.
To guarantee homogenous evaluation of these requirements, the cases of applicants coming from third countries or from bachelors different from the aforementioned ones will be handled by the International Committee.
The selection of the students applying for the Master is made (this applies both to European and third-country students) by the International Committee of the Master that would decide based on the information that has been provided with the application.
Balance gender and students with special need participation
The EM Consortium is aware of the need to encourage the participation of women and individuals from minority groups along all stages of Science and Technology career paths. As is well known, the low representation of women in research begins after graduation, with women representing around 60% of graduate science students. Most universities belonging to the consortium have signed the European Charter and Code, but whether the code has been signed or not, the Consortium follows the principles contained in the “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code” that the European Commission has issued to provide guidelines for contractors of research personnel. It is clear that no contracts are made by the Consortium, but the Master may, in many cases, be the entrance door to such a position, and therefore, similar admission criteria should be followed, adapted to the particular case of this Master. In particular, the Consortium follows the recommendations provided by the EU Code.
We shall pay particular attention to the problem of students with special needs, on a case by case basis. We note that in some of the universities of the Consortium there is a special service for disabled students. It is worth mentioning that computing is particularly well suited for disabled students. Fortunately, the laboratory work is carried out in computers’ rooms which are easily adapted to disabled people. We must mention that we have a quite interesting experience in this sense, because in a past edition of the Master we had a blind student.