Student mobility is an inherent part of the doctorate programme structure and philosophy.

The doctoral students spend alternating or consecutive research periods at the partner institutions and participate to research and experimental activity at leading international institutions and research centers.


The Joint Doctorate Programme will form students who:

  • have a basic understanding of entire life cycles of fusion reactors

(including aspects of energy efficiency, environmental constraints, use of raw materials and labour costs);

  • have advanced knowledge and understanding in the field of nuclear fusion and engineering physics;
  • design and develop technological applications in the field of plasma physics;
  • are capable of generating theoretical models through which research results can be described and understood;
  • are able to report orally and in writing on the procedures followed and the results yielded by experiment with the matching interpretation;
  • are prepared to contribute to research as part of a team in academia, research centers and R&D divisions of public/private companies


The experimental activities are carried out at international laboratories, which host fusion experiments and/or facilities, including but not limited to:

  • Consorzio RFX (Italy): RFX-mod experiment
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (UK): JET experiment
  • Swiss Plasma Center (Swiss): TCV experiment
  • Max-Planck Institüt fur Plasmaphysik (Germany): AUG, W7-X, BATMAN, ELISE experiments
  • General Atomics (USA): DIII-D experiment
  • Le Commissariat a l’énergie atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (USA)
  • National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (Japan)

Many other laboratories (diagnostics, electronics, computational science) are available both at UniPd and UGent premises.