Masters Scholarships in Abu Dhabi 2022-2023 Sorbonne University Full Scholarships


Master in Physics – Specialisation in Non-Destructive Characterisation with Applications for Cultural Heritage

The Master in Physics – Specialisation in Non-Destructive Characterisation with Applications for Cultural Heritage is a 2-year programme, taught in English.

Admission deadline : 22 August 2022


A Bachelor degree earned in Physics (possibly with a minor in Mechanics, Material Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Sciences) is required for admission to this programme. The dual focus of this programme makes it as a unique cross–disciplinary master degree programme in the UAE that addresses scientific research subjects relating to cultural heritage. It allows young ambitious students to pursue a scientific career where they will be able to use and develop state-of-the-art instruments in many research activities needed in the UAE and abroad: from purely scientific fields as material physics for research and development and innovation, to more specific cultural heritage sectors such as archaeometric studies, non-destructive characterisation, or preservation processes. The degree is awarded by Sorbonne University in Paris.

Graduates of this programme will have the ability to contribute to R&D projects, and to perform cross-disciplinary and innovative analysis, this makes them excellent candidates for employment in Cultural Heritage, Archaeology and Art domain, as well as in all the fields requiring thorough and innovative analysis, like Material Science, Oil and Gas, Aerospace, Environment, Forensic Sciences or Architecture Engineering.

The curriculum is taught mainly by Abu Dhabi based faculty members, specialists in their fields, and by visiting professors coming from the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology and the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at Sorbonne University in Paris.

The curriculum is a well-balanced blend of core courses, seminars, lab sessions and projects. It introduces students to a unique assembly of disciplines (Physics, Archaeology and History of Art, Data Sciences & Artificial Intelligence) and equips them with a strong background in Non-Destructive Characterisation and its applications in Cultural Heritage or other domains, with methods widely used in many fields, like ultra-sound testing, several spectroscopy techniques, XR and XR Fluorescence analysis or hyperspectral analysis.

During the Long-term project, lead on genuine archeological findings, and the 6-month full time internship, the students are exposed to real-life data challenges associated with their core studies: they build on the skills mastered in the programme, and learn how to manage interdisciplinary collaborations.

Tuition Fees (including administration fees):

AED 166,400 (approximately US$ 45,344)

Admission requirements

  1. Candidates must complete an online application and upload the following items:
  2. A copy of the bachelor degree earned in Physics
  3. A copy of the high school diploma
  4. A detailed curriculum vitae*
  5. A personal statement (not exceeding one page)
  6. For non-native English speakers a minimum EmSAT – English score of 1400 or TOEFL score of 550, 213 CBT, 79-80 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.0, valid for at least two years
  7. Official academic transcripts, official test scores

Shortlisted candidates might be asked to attend an interview to assess the candidate’s motivations, career expectations and relevant professional experience in the degree area.

International applicants are required to present an equivalency of their degree from the UAE Ministry of Education located in Abu Dhabi. For details on the requirements, visit the website:

Scholarship FAQ's


Q. Who is eligible?

A. All applicants applying for Masters in Physics are eligible to apply for 3 full scholarships available

Q. What is the selection criteria?

A. The scholarship will be awarded to 3 applicants with an outstanding academic record and overall profile

Q. What does the scholarship cover?

A. Full tuition fees for the 2 year duration of the programme will be granted to each of the 3 successful applicants

Q. What is the deadline and how can I apply?

A. To apply, you must complete and submit the online application form and upload supporting documents by 31 May 2022. Application link available below.

Kindly note that you can apply for scholarship by confirming that you are interested in full scholarship during the application process.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Admission deadline

22 August 2022

Interview dates

  1. 19 Jan 2022
  2. 23 Feb 2022
  3. 23 March 2022
  4. 20 April 2022
  5. 25 May 2022
  6. 22 June 2022
  7. 6 July 2022
  8. August TBA



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