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EPS policy - Studies and reports

The EPS regularly studies issues in physics education and prepares reports and recommendations.

EPS European Specifications for University Level Physics Programmes

The 'EPS European Specifications for University Level Physics Programmes' provide a means to describe the characteristics of the physics study programmes on a European level. This series of brochures covers the bachelor or first-cycle or EQF level 6, master or second- cycle or EQF level 7 and doctorate or third-cycle level or EQF level 8, as one of the three priorities in the Bologna Process.

The brochures also represent general expectations of the standards for the award of qualifications at the given level and articulate the attributes and capabilities – i.e. the learning outcomes - that those possessing such qualifications should be able to demonstrate.

These qualifications are in agreement with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). National statements and guidelines have already been established in some countries, and have been very influential in designing these specifications.

The EPS Specifications were prepared under the direction of H. Ferdinande and have been approved by the EPS Executive Committee.

Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies - Two

The STEPS TWO project brings together 75 universities from Europe and 2 associations (the European Physical Society and the European Physics Students Initiative) to strengthen European links and the dialog within the Physics discipline, and stimulates the cooperation in the emerging European Higher Education Area.

The project aim is to support the university physics Departments with a greater European vision in their strategic institutional development, following the structural changes implied by the Bologna process, and in responding to the Lisbon goals (for instance, increase of the number of physics graduates).

Three lines of action have been started. They aim at developing policy recommendations and aim to offer solutions for concrete strategies:
I. Curricula after Bologna & Lifelong learning
II. Modern teaching methods in Physics education & student centred learning
III. Physics Teacher education & European dimension.

Visit the STEPS TWO website

European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation and Quality Assurance

The EPS is a founding member of the European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation and Quality Assurance (EASPA). The purpose of the Alliance is to provide a platform for the cooperation between the European and international quality assurance networks and international organisations in the development and harmonisation of their activities in the field of quality assurance and quality improvement in higher education, thereby making a contribution towards the development and implementation of the European Higher Education Area.

To achieve these goals, EASPA provides a collaborative forum for the community of disciplinary, field specific European networks of quality assurance that assess the quality of study programs, schools or professional individuals.

The Bologna Reforms in Physics Studies

The EPS piloted a study that looked at the implementation of the Bologna Reforms in physics studies at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels.

Read more about Bologna Process...

Mapping Physics Students in Physics Studies

The EPS 'Mapping Physics Students in Europe' (MAPS) study was conducted in 2004. It is a Europe-wide analysis. It should be noted that the countries included in the study have their own education systems, and in most cases, several ways to obtain a same level degree. The study has tried to standardize the data gathered to allow comparisons between the countries.

The study used the UNESCO ISCED classification of 1997 to determine the levels.

The MAPS study provides information on the number of students entering physics degree courses over a five year period (1998-2002). It also provides information on the number of students obtaining physics degrees over the same period. The study also compares the number of students studying and obtaining a degree in physics to the overall population of university students, as well as comparing the number of students studying and obtaining a degree in physics with one other natural science (life science) and one social science (economics).

Download the EPS MAPS study

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