How to Apply for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship: Everything You Need to Know

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Are you looking to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for international students? You are about to learn everything you need to know.

This article, exclusively from After School Africa, is intended for those who desire to study in Europe on a Master’s degree scholarship. It is a complete guide on one of the most popular European Scholarship Programs anyone can hope to be part of: The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees.

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I will explain briefly what this scholarship program is and the scope of its operation.

We will also look at what the scholarship covers regarding financial assistance. The application procedure is also covered in detail for all the master’s courses in this program. And towards the concluding part, we will explain the processes of acquiring a visa for every partner country in the program. After comprehending this article, you should be able to apply confidently without making any mistakes. Mistakes can vaporize your chances of success. Some candidates make costly mistakes in the process of application and end up being disqualified. Hopefully, this article should help you circumvent undesired outcomes due to errors.


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees program was born in 2004 following the publication of policy papers in Europe that emphasized the merits of a Joint Program. It was also largely inspired by the story of a European scholar, Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus. He was a Dutch philosopher and Christian humanist widely considered to be the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance. Erasmus travelled and studied in many European countries. His story is a model embodying the principles of multinational exchange of scholars and knowledge. The EMJMD is a multinational scholarship program with the sole purpose of exchanging knowledge across borders in the form of Joint University Degrees.

A joint university program is an organization with two or more participating universities or consortium of universities. A student in a joint program studies the same course within the same period, but in different universities of the consortium. Degree awarded bears the names of the universities involved or sometimes each university awards a separate degree to the candidate. Imagine having two or more degrees from reputable institutions in Europe in a year or two. That is exactly what you get after completing an EMJMD. It will dramatically pivot your chances of employment. Research shows that candidates have greater chance of employment after graduation. Imagine the impact on your CV and the opportunity to access different training facilities to develop your career.

The prospect of obtaining multiple certificates is not the only enticement. There is also the cultural experience and the opportunity to explore your field with different participants from around the world. As an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees student, you will study in at least two countries, meeting different kinds of academics and professionals. This in itself is a form of adventure that will enrich your experience and make your qualifications more respectable.  The downside of this intensive mobility though, is the challenges with visa acquisition and tension that may come with experiencing different cultures within a short time.

It’ll be interesting to know that your entire academic and travel expenses is taken care of by funding from the EU. If you can manage the monthly stipends carefully, especially those from Africa, you should have a good time studying. There are several other benefits that come with joining the program. We will explain more as the article develops. For now let’s see just how much is funded for scholarship under EMJMD.

According to a 2014 Erasmus Mundus Graduate Impact Study, 65% of students enrolled due to the scholarship offering, while 51% were attracted by the possibility to live and study in Europe.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship is a very ambitious program. Looking at the budget set to support candidates from around the world, there is no doubt a lot of students will benefit before another budget is set. Not only does Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program aim to support a large number of students, but also has options for a wide variety of courses. You should be able to find an interesting course from their list, which, due to it being so long, has been reserved for the last section of this article.

From 2004 – 2015, 328 Erasmus Mundus Joint programs were created. 18,600 Masters Scholarships were awarded and 1,400 doctoral fellowships. The program has set aside a €14.7 billion budget for 2014 – 2020. 2 million candidates will benefit from the scholarship within this period. Among the stated goals of the program are the following:

  1. Alignment of degree systems and recognition throughout Europe
  2. Internationalization and integration of school curricula
  3. Promoting international collaboration
  4. Harnessing international talent
  5. Facilitating mobility among borders for exchange of knowledge and research
  6. Enhancing employability, i.e. getting candidates ready to work in various fields

Of all these objectives, strongest emphasis is on employability. Over the years employability has gained attention not only from policy makers in Europe but also from around the world. Employability also features highly in the selection process for most joint programs today. This is due to the strong link with the work world through internships, career guidance and associate partnerships with industries.


It is important to note that there are four categories of students in this program. How much you are given depends on your category. The category that receives the highest financial support is candidates from non-participating and non-partner countries, or from a partner country more than 400km away from their place of study.

Let us list these categories of students out clearly:

  1. Students from a participating country
  2. Students from a partner country up to 400 km from their study area
  3. Students from a partner country less than 400 km from their study destination
  4. Students who are neither from a partner nor a participating country. This is the category of most African students and this category gets the highest financial support.

Here is a list of participating and partner countries:

Program countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal.

Partner countries include: are all the other countries that are not Programme Countries (mostly developing countries. This is sometimes determined by the consortium/course.


  1. All scholarship holders are entitled to a monthly living allowance of 1000 €/month except for the following:
  2. Scholarship holders studying in their home country. They will later be entitled to 1000 €/month for three months when they move to a different partner country for the next phase of their studies.
  3. A scholarship holder from a partner country cannot receive the allowance for more than three months while studying in another partner country. These two are the only exceptions to the provisions above. All others will have 1000 € at the end of every month.
  4. 1000 € a year for scholarship holders residing in a Program country.
  5. 2000 €/year for students residing in a partner country less than 400km from the coordinating institution.
  6. The EMJMD scholarship foots the bill for participation costs like tuition fees and mandatory insurance coverage, but most of the time this fee is deducted from the scholarship (your other allowances).
  7. A contribution to travel-costs
  8. Yearly stipend of 3000 € for candidates living in a Partner country up to 4000 km from the EMJMD coordinating institution.
  9. A contribution of 1000 € to settling-in cost for students residing in a partner country only.


Because the EU is a big place, cost of living varies widely. Countries that are relatively new to the EU are less expensive to live in than established member countries. If cost of living weighs heavily on you decision regarding where to study, it is better to go for some of the low profile EU countries. Countries like the UK and France are more expensive than others.

According to the British Council, in the UK every student should expect to spend EUR 600 per month to cover accommodation, clothing, utility and other expenses.

Beneficiaries of the EMJMD scholarship who are neither form a program nor partner country should live fine. The EUR 1000 monthly stipend should be enough for a student even in the UK or France, let alone other countries. However it is advisable to know the cost of living in a particular country before applying for a master’s program. There are lots of free statistics providing accurate data on living expenses around the world. Do some Google search.


Because the students undertaking a joint degree are required to move at least between two countries, visa can be serious concern. As a prospective candidate you will be wondering how are to apply for visas during your program. The processes of applying for a visa are similar between most countries, but differences still exist. For one thing, every country has its own immigration and travel policies; for another, visas vary depending on the purpose of travel. There are over 50 participating and partner countries in the EMJMD program. it is not the focus of this article to cover visa application steps and requirement for each country in full detail.

To apply for a student visa to any country, contact the country’s embassy or consulate in your country. You can also do a Google search online. You will find every bit of information if you search deep enough.

The consortium of your program will guide you or even arrange visa on behalf of students in a joint degree once they have started the program. You may only need to acquire visa yourself when you first travel from your country to the first study destination.


To apply for this scholarship you must first find the program you want to take. To do this, go to the Erasmus Mundus catalogue. Scroll down to the search-from area and fill in the options to refine your search. Note that the country on this form does not mean your home country, but the country you want to study in. ECTs credits means the duration of study. 60 ECT credits means one year, and so on. The “years” field means the particular year you want to start your program. Fill in the options accordingly. Anytime you make a change, wait for the page to update. There will be a list of courses and consortiums displayed after each update. Click on anyone to read the full details for that course and see further steps for application.


In this section of the article is a complete list of all masters programs available under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees program. These programs are offered by a range of universities in at least two countries. The universities that offer a particular EMJMD course(s) in any country are mostly the members of a consortium. A consortium in this context is an organization comprising of two or more universities. A consortium represents the individual universities. Candidates will have to apply through the consortium, not the individual universities.

Each consortium has its own criteria and requirements. You must meet the requirement or criteria before you can qualify for an EMJMD scholarship. After your application the consortium will get back to you with message regarding the status of your application. You will know if you have been awarded a scholarship, placed on the waiting list, or rejected.

We have pulled a list of consortiums with the courses they support and the universities under them. Each item in the list will have some details. Go through this list carefully to find the course you are interested in. note that to know everything about the application the requirement, application deadlines etc. you are advised to go to the consortium’s website. Clicking on a program on this list should take you directly to the portal.

As of September 25th 2019 there are 109 consortiums under EMJMD. Not all are open for the 2020 intake. We have limited this list to the consortiums that will admit applicants in 2020, according to EMJMD database. Applications will be closed for some of these programs, but most will soon open. You are advised to check on the portal from time to time so you know when they start to accept applications.


it is a two-year master’s degree in urban studies, jointly managed by six universities in four cities namely: Brussels in Belgium, Vienna in Austria, Madrid in Spain, and Copenhagen in Denmark. For students applying for scholarship, application will start in October 2019 and end 15th January, 2020. For self-paying students application starts on 16th January, 2020 and end on 15th March, 2020.


the program is organized by four universities in Greece, Scotland, France and the Netherlands plus more than 21 international partners. It is a two-year program. Application closes on 14th February 2020, and interview will hold from 11 – 13th march 2020. Self-sponsored students must submit application by 31 July 2020.


for this course, students will visit at least five EU countries over the 2 year program in three semesters. The first semester will be at the Lincoln University in the US. The second semester will be done at the University of Aalborg in Denmark, and the third semester at the School of Social and Political Sciences in Lisbon, Portugal. Application closes on October 15th 2019.


 this will be a double degree from tow renowned universities in Europe. The application platform is open between October 1st, 2019 and January 31st, 2020.


this is a two-year interdisciplinary course developed by a consortium of 4 institutions in Italy, Portugal and Greece. They are partnered with other universities, governmental and international agencies, Museums and archeological sites, and architectural professional offices. Applications are currently closed. It will reopen in 2020.


Application is currently closed, to open soon. The program lasts for two years and is offered by a consortium of universities from three countries, France, Portugal and Italy.

MASTER IN BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING: this is a two-year course, and the applications deadline is January 31, 2020 at 23:59 (UTC – Coordinated Universal Time). The consortium includes three higher education institutions in Portugal, Slovenia, and Italy. There are several other partner countries to choose from.

MASTER IN DIGITAL EARTH: this program is jointly offered by universities in three countries: France, Austria and Czech Republic. It is a two-year program

IM IN CENTRAL AND EAST EUROPEAN, RUSSIAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES: is a two-year master degree, delivered by the University of Glasgow (UoG), the University of Tartu (LU), and six universities located in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Application will open on 1st October 2019.

INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S PROGRAMME ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY: this two-year program issued by the EU under its “Action Plan for the Circular Economy” aims to transform economies to a low-carbon and circular economy. The program will groom graduates who can think objectively and interdisciplinary to analyze and model the dangers of atmospheric changes in the biosphere, and make efforts to address the impact of humanity’s actions on the environment while increasing access to resources. Applications will open in October 2019. Candidates will undergo joint program between universities in Austria, Sweden, Netherland, Norway, Australia, China and Japan.

CULTURES LITTÉRAIRES EUROPÉENNES: this program is intended to perfect student’s mastery of literature strengthen their personal development thereby increasing their chances of employment. It will train students for a master’s degree in European Literary Cultures – CLE. It will be completed in two years among eight institutions in Italy, France, Portugal, Senegal, Russia, and India. Application is currently closed, but will soon open.

INTERNATIONAL MASTERS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, MEDIA & CULTURE: the program trains candidates in the analysis of children’s and adult texts like picture-books, life-writing, cross-over texts, fan fiction, etc. and the acquisition of practical literature skills like translation, writing, reviewing and editing. It will also help students to master literary practices in a variety of cultural contexts. The program is jointly run by universities in Scotland, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, and Poland. Application is closed at the moment. Candidates are advised to keep checking on the portal as applications will soon be open.

CHEMICAL NANO-ENGINEERING: it is a two-year program in the emerging multidisciplinary field of nano-engineering with a great focus on chemistry and modeling of nano-objects. The graduate will attain double competence, experimental and numerical, in design, synthesis, and application of nano-systems. It is jointly offered by a consortium of three universities in France, Poland and Italy. Applications will start on 1st Nov., 2019 and end on 16th February, 2020.

MSc & MA IN DIGITAL COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP: this course explores the field of digital communication for a multidisciplinary and international point of view by combining advanced academic discussion with practical knowledge and skills. it promotes the non-techno-deterministic, social and moral dimensions to digital communication for future experts. It’s main focus is to train candidates to become critical and constructive experts of digital communication. Program is run by the university of California, Ghana Telecom University College, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Universidade Federal do, Queensland University of Technology, Journalism School at Fudan University (J-School), and the University of Wageningen. Application deadline is 5th Dec. 2019.

MASTER DEGREE IN DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTING: three countries participate in this two-year program. Candidates will move from Lisbon to Budapest and to Brussels, then return to one of these sites for the final semester. The consortium is made of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest, Hungary), Universidade Lusófona (Lisbon, Portugal) and LUCA – School of Arts (Brussels, Belgium). Application will open in October 2019.

MASTER’S IN DYNAMICS OF CULTURAL LANDSCAPE, HERITAGE, MEMORY AND CONFLICTUALITIES: four countries participate in this two-year program to train experts and managers on conservation, sustainable exploitation, valorization and numerical mediation of heritage and cultural landscapes. Graduates will understand the complexity of heritage issues like conflict of interest, overexploitation of cultural societies, war, etc. the consortium of universities include: University Jean Monnet (France), the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal), University Babes Bolyai (Romania), and University Federico II (Italy) for semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. The website of this consortium is not in English so you may have to use Google-translate.

EXCELLENCE IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY: four countries are participants in this 24-month program in analytical chemistry. Graduates will be prepared to work a wide range of industries including food, pharmaceutical, material and energy industries. They can also work in chemical analysis laboratories worldwide. They will acquire knowledge and skill in both fundamental and applied aspects of modern analytical chemistry. Upon completion, graduates will have an enterprising and innovation orientation capable of both finding and creating jobs. Participating universities are located in Estonia, Sweden, France and Finland. Application is closed for now.

TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING: the course is intended to produce specialists in translation and interpretation with full understanding of the latest applications to support these tasks, and also to be future developers of such applications. It is offered by a consortium of universities in three countries, the UK, Spain and Bulgaria. Application is currently closed.

EUROPEAN MASTER IN ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS : this is another two-year course jointly offered by universities in six countries to ensure excellence in teaching and research in animal breeding and genetics. The universities are located in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway and Germany. Application deadline is Oct 2019 to Dec 2019 Jan 2020.

MASTER IN RESOURCES ENGINEERING: this course is designed to address shortage of skill in the field of raw materials. Application is currently not ongoing. Participating countries include: Belgium, France, Sweden and Germany. The course will last for two years.

MASTER’S IN INNOVATIVE MICROWAVE ELECTRONICS AND OPTICS: there are four participating countries in this program for training research experts to work in labs and other industries. The program is coordinated by a consortium of the university of Limoges in France, university of Bresca in Italy, Aston University in the UK, University of Basque Country in Spain, and University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Application is currently closed.

EUROPEAN MASTER IN LEXICOGRAPHY: eight countries cooperate to promote the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers by teaching lexicographical theories at advanced levels with applications in creating online or printed dictionaries. The two year program is offered by a consortium of over eight universities in Europe and other countries.

MASTER NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY: it is a two-year program by five participating countries in a number of universities in Sweden, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain. The course offers top-quality and multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology, plus specialization in one of nine areas including: nanomaterials, nanochemistry, organic and molecular electronics, nanoelectronics, quantum engineering, quantum computing, biophysics, nanobiotechnology and nanopharmacology.

MASTER PROGRAM IN PLANT BREEDING: the course is a two year training of excellence to produce highly skilled plant breeders by combining science of agronomy, conventional breeding techniques, genetics, crop science, biotech, bioinformatics and big data. It also includes management and legal knowledge like intellectual property rights, project management and accounting, plus intercultural competence and language skills.

MASTER IN TOURISM MANAGEMENT: it is offered by a consortium of universities in three countries, this course is intended to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of issues in contemporary tourism management. It aims to groom them careers in international consultancy, innovative entrepreneurs, government and public administration, tourism business managers, etc. it is a two-year program carried out in Spain, Denmark and Slovenia.

MASTER IN HEALTH ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT: it is a program by four countries including Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Norway. The course lasts for two years and will give students access to a full array of health systems and reforms virtually spanning almost every model in the world.

Master’s in Society, Politics and Culture in an integrated interdisciplinary course that studies the origins and impact of social, cultural and religious dispositions, conflicts and exchange in and on today’s multi-cultural societies in Europe. It is jointly offered by a number of universities in 12 European countries that lasts for two years.

MASTER’S IN EUROPHOTONICS: the course provides a broad multidisciplinary education in Photonics. Graduates will have broad competence on core subjects with a specialization in different domains corresponding to the main applications of Photonics in research and in industry.  Universities in France, Germany, Spain, and Finland jointly offer the degree.

FAME MASTER’S: the FAME Master is a two-year international Master degree in partnership with seven European universities: Aveiro in Portugal, Bordeaux and Grenoble Institute of Technology in France, Augsburg and Darmstadt in Germany, Liège and Louvain-la-neuve in Belgium.

FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT: is a course that takes a holistic integrated approach to managing flood risks has been reflected in the Flood Directive of the European Parliament. It is explicitly designed to cover a wide range of topics – from drivers and natural processes to models, decisions and socio-economic consequences and institutional environment, and is therefore an important advance in water education for Europe. It is a two-year course.

EDUCATION POLICIES FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: this course provides training in the area of educational development research and international cooperation activities. It has the objective to produce a European know-how on education policies for development that potentially can benefit researchers and technical staff working in international aid agencies, governmental bodies, civil society organizations or consultancy firms operating in developed or developing countries. It is offered by a consortium of universities from Spain, UK, Germany and Cyprus.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING: the course trains people to apply and develop environmental technologies, with a strong focus on multidisciplinary and problem-based technology development. It offers a wide range of optional study fields in an international environment. The IMETE graduates will be qualified for a professional career in the private sector (environmental technological applications in different domains), research sector (applied research at universities or research institutions, or in-company research) and the public sector (consulting in local, regional and (inter)national administrations, defining and implementing environmental policy for sustainable development). It is closely coordinated by universities from Belgium, Netherlands, Prague and the Czech Republic and lasts for two years.

 MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING: Master’s in Fire Safety Engineering FSE. The course teaches the application of FSE to improve the global level of fire safety to allow more freedom in architecture of complex buildings. The IMFSE program offers students the needed skills and knowledge to establish high-quality Performance-Based Designs in various settings. It is run by a consortium of universities in Belgium, Sweden and the UK and lasts for 24 months.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SOILS AND GLOBAL CHANGE: it is organized by four leading European universities in the field of soil sciences. The programme prepares students to the rapidly evolving demands of industry, public services and research on the sustainable use and management of soils in a changing environment. The IMSOGLO programme is jointly organized by the following partner universities: Ghent University (UGent), AarhusUniversity (AU), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), and University of Göttingen (UGOE).

IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER VISION: this is a wo-years master’s program which graduates specialists in the field of Image Processing and Computer vision. They will be well prepared for becoming an engineer in many companies. IPCV offers theoretical and practical knowledge to form highly-qualified graduates in this field. Three partner universities, with internationally recognized experience in these domains developed this master course: Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary (PPCU); Semester 2: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (UAM) ; Semester 3: University of Bordeaux, France (UBx)

KINO EYES – THE EUROPEAN MOVIE MASTER: this course focuses on building skills for new career pathways and new opportunities to study the art and techniques of fiction filmmaking. The program is designed as a training and research endeavor that has as its core objective to promote activities of an educational, research and artistic nature, which exploit all domains of fiction film creation and production in an original manner. Consortium include Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, School of Arts, Communication and Information Technologies (Lisbon, Portugal), Edinburgh Napier University, School of Arts and Creative Industries (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) and Tallinn University, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (Tallinn, Estonia).

EUROPEAN MSC IN MARINE ENVIRONMENT: this course is focused on the marine environment and its protection, conservation and valorization to train high quality graduates who can make a difference in marine environment management. It is a full-time 24-month course through 3 partner universities, (UBx-EHU-SOTON; UBx-EHU-ULg; SOTON-EHU-ULg).

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION: MARIHE trains students to be change agents that can take the lead in developing these institutions, can critically assess and employ managerial instruments and can turn policy advice into strategic management practice. Graduates of MARIHE are equipped to work as managers, development experts, policy makers, analysts, researchers and consultants in HE, research and innovation institutions, as well as for private companies, in public administration, international organizations and NGOs. The two-year course is run by a consortium of universities from Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, China and India.

MASTER IN MATERIALS SCIENCE FOR ENERGY APPLICATIONS & USING LARGE SCALE FACILITIES: this is a two-year European Master course in Materials Science, entirely taught in English by a consortium of 6 highly recognized European Universities  in France, Italy, Germany, Poland and others. The joint program covers fundamentals of Materials (chemistry and physics of solid state), advanced experimental techniques and specialization in energy related applications (energy conversion, storage and efficiency, nanomaterials, geomaterials, smart materials).

LEADING INTERNATIONAL VACCINOLOGY EDUCATION (LIVE +): it is a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with socio-economic sciences and humanities, delivering in two years.  Emphasis is on employability of the graduated international students and is intended to train the next generation of vaccinologists to fill a gap in global post-graduate formation. LIVE is jointly delivered by 5 leading European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), namely Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne (FR), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona (ES), and University of Antwerp (BE).

MASTER’S EUROPHILOSOPHY: the joint Master’s program offers a high-performance French/German bilingual course in philosophy over two years in the fields of French and German phenomenology, classical and contemporary German philosophy and contemporary French philosophy. It prepares students for both university research as well as intellectual intervention in the social and political domains of society, the theory of artistic practice, feminist and decolonial thought and the ethics of care.

MASTER’S PETeL EMJMD: focuses on Play, Education, Toys and Language (hereinafter PETaL). [The University of Cordoba (Spain), the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (Portugal) and Marmara University (Turkey)] on a unique framework for the delivery of an EMJMD programme. It offers both European and international students the chance to develop a unique portfolio of skills and knowledge and designed to intertwine pedagogical aspects with culture in order to emphasize the importance of culture in the practices of game and play.

ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE IN EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE NURSING: it is a course offered by four leading universities in the nursing and midwifery field (The University of Oviedo, Spain; the University of Algarve, Portugal; the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal and Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom).

JOINT MASTER´S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN ACTION: it is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competences for people working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. The programme aims to professionalise humanitarian work, promote excellence in European education and seek innovation through exchange and partnership in humanitarian action. It is delivered by eight European universities in collaboration with associated partner universities and organisations. The course lasts for two years.

MASTER OF URBAN CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY: it is intended to produce high calibre graduates with skills and knowledge to understand, assess and manage climate resilience in cities. MUrCS will integrate three subject-specific streams (Planning, Management and Science – both adaptation and mitigation) in a problem-oriented environment. A two-year jointly developed curriculum by the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), UK, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK), Finland and University of Huelva (UHU), Spain. Graduates will gain critical understanding of the complexity of urban sustainability and the need for local action to combat climate change. They will develop intellectual and practical skills as well as the ability to use tools for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data related to urban climate change and sustainability.

MASTER’S PROGRAM IN PUBLIC POLICY – MUNDUS MAPP: Mundus MAPP equips graduates with the conceptual knowledge and hard skills that are necessary for understanding and decisively intervening in contemporary transnational policy problems, from climate change to international terrorism or financial regulatory failure. It provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. Four leading European universities joined forces to deliver Mundus MAPP: Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Hague (Netherlands), and the University of York (UK).

MIGRATIONS TRANSNATIONALES: MITRA is a bi-lingual interdisciplinary MA programme in Social Sciences meant to respond to the acute needs of expertise triggered by contemporary migration processes. Seven universities jointly offer the course in two years. MITRA prepares researchers specialized in migrations, analysts of public policy on migration and integration, and intercultural mediators leading projects in the associative sector.

EUROPEAN MASTER IN SOCIAL WORK WITH FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: the course specializes in preparing professionals to work with vulnerable and marginalized children and families, focusing particularly on the challenges faced by children and families from migration and the forced movements of people. It is a 2 year programme developed by the Partner Universities in 4 countries; Lisbon University Institute (Lisbon, Portugal), the University of Stavanger (Stavanger, Norway), the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda).

MASTERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, POLICY, AND MANAGEMENT: the course prepares students for solving complex environmental sustainability problems, especially in an international context. It offers a comprehensive multi- and inter-disciplinary curriculum that challenges students’ ability to integrate theory and practice for rigorous analysis and effective management of environmental and sustainability issues in various social settings. It is offered by six leading Universities from Europe, USA and Canada in two years.

MATERIALS FOR ENERGY STORAGE AND CONVERSION: it is a 2-year programme in Materials Science and Electrochemistry, fully taught in English, involving 5 Universities in 4 European countries. Core courses include the fundamentals of electrochemistry, materials science, solid state chemistry and energy storage, materials technology and processing, energy conversion, conducting polymers, synthesis of nano-materials.

PHOTONIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, SENSORS AND NETWORKS : the Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and NETworks (PIXNET) EMJMD is a two-year program aimed at training students to become capable of designing, realizing and assessing innovative integrated devices based on photonic technologies. It is an inter-disciplinary, multi-national initiative to train young telecommunication and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) as the central element in the evolution of information and communication devices.

MASTER IN SMART SYSTEMS INTEGRATION: it is new Joint International Master in Smart Systems Integration (SSI+)qualified graduates in the field of Smart systems, integrated from microsystems and microelectronics, combine data processing with multi-modal sensing, actuation and communication. it is taught by a consortium of three reputable institutions, namely Heriot-Watt University (HWU, UK), University College of Southeast Norway (HSN, Norway) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME, Hungary).

SMART TELECOM AND SENSING NETWORKS: The Smart Telecom and Sensing Networks (SMARTNET) EMJMD is a two-year joint master degree program with the mission to provide unique training opportunities to a cohort of talented young engineers and scientist in the inter-disciplinary fields of photonic and 5G wireless technologies for data communication, sensing and big data processing. The program is offered by universities in USA, UK, France and Greece.

INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SUSTAINABLE AND INNOVATIVE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:  this course educates a new range of professionals focused on developing technology and engineering and re-inventing the value chain to make it more sustainable. SINReM gives students a broad view on the entire value chain in its different aspects. They learn about the different (technological) options for optimizing flows of natural resources in the different parts of the chain, ranging from resource exploration over sustainable materials use and use of resources in production processes to recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products. SINReM graduates have an entrepreneurial mind-set, a multidisciplinary view and creative innovative problem-based technology development skills. it is a two-year program jointly taught by a consortium of 3 leading Higher Education Institutes: Ghent University (Belgium), University of Uppsala (Sweden), and TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany).

MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN SECURITY AND CLOUD COMPUTING: it is a two-year engineering programme which gives students a broad understanding of the latest and future technologies for secure cloud and mobile computing systems. students will gain both practical engineering knowledge and theoretical insights into secure systems engineering, distributed application development, network and service architectures, and cloud and mobile platforms. SECCLO focuses on two specific aspects of modern computing systems: cloud computing, and information security.  graduates are well trained for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at the partner universities and internationally. Participating universities arelocated in finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and France in addition to others

THE SARENA SAFE AND RELIABLE NUCLEAR APPLICATIONS PROGRAMME is an innovative program which combines Global knowledge and skills in nuclear physics and chemistry, Strong knowledge and skills in nuclear engineering, nuclear waste management, dismantlement and decommissioning, Practical experience in reactor operation and safety, Practice in state-of-the-art installations.  It is jointly taught in English by four European universities.

MASTER IN OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY: the Master in Offshore Renewable Energy is tailored to meet companies’ needs in the area of Offshore Renewable Energy, and will have an international orientation underpinned by the direct participation, as Associate Partners, of world-renowned Research Centres, SMEs, and Large enterprises within industry (more than 30 Associate Partners involved) the program runs full-time in 24 months and is jointly offered by three renowned institutions in Europe.

MODELS AND METHODS OF QUANTITATIVE ECONOMICS (QEM): Is a 24-month course jointly offered by universities in Spain, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland. The programme aims to enable excellent graduates to successfully deal with complex economic problems across international and cultural boundaries and offers two orientations of high-level researchers in economics, and economic engineers with competences in bridging research and practical issues, identifying problems and proposing relevant solutions.

EUROPEAN MASTER DEGREE IN PLANT HEALTH IN SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS: the Joint Master degree Plant Health “Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems” is proposed by four European countries (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) and represents a fully integrated, globally competitive programme with the objective to educate students to be able to master new developments and technologies in plant health management. The consortium includes 6 HEIs. The program guarantees the employability for the students, as well as an increased sense of initiative, entrepreneurship and self-esteem.

INTERNATIONAL MASTER ON WINE TOURISM INNOVATION (WINTOUR) offers a truly integrated study program that combines the expertise in Tourism and Oenology of three universities (University Rovira i Virgili (Spain), University of Bordeaux (France) and University of Porto (Portugal)). These universities are located in highly attractive touristic areas, recognised with the label of human heritage by UNESCO. The program will be completed in two years.

MASTER’S IN WATER AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT (WACOMA) is a two-year (120 ECTS) international, innovative, and methodologically diversified master degree, entirely taught in English and jointly designed and implemented by three EU Universities (Bologna, Algarve and Cadiz) in collaboration with 1 Programme Country HEI from Ireland, 6 Partner Countries HEIs from Brazil, Cuba and Russia, and 11 international non-academic Partners, including public bodies, research centers and enterprises.

MASTER OF TRIBOLOGY: Tribology is the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. These interactions take place between surfaces of materials, and so control friction, wear and lubrication behavior. Understanding the nature of these interactions on the macro, micro and nano scales and solving the technological problems associated with interfacial phenomena are the very essence of tribology. There are four universities overseeing the program.

EMJMD TPTI gives training in industrial heritage, the expert assessment of historical technical environments, the institutionalization of technical knowledge, and the management of technical landscapes. The program is intended for historians, architects and other professions related to culture, economists, and managers specialized in cultural heritage. The program is covered in two years and taught in English and French.

MASTER’S TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE: This is a two-year master degree, delivered by The University of Glasgow (UoG), Lund University (LU), The University of Malta (UM), and the University Institute Lisbon (IUL). There will be opportunities for students to undertake a work placement, giving them some practical experiences to complement their academic studies. Students are introduced to aspects of cultural tourism including research methods, cities, niche cultural tourism, policy and marketing, giving insights into cultural products and different cultural practices and much more. Students are encouraged to develop a critical and analytical approach to tourism, its impacts and development, bearing in mind aspects of sustainability and ethics.

TEMA+ EUROPEAN TERRITORIES, HERITAGE AND DEVELOPMENT: During the four semesters, students will learn about the theory and practices of cultural heritage, the history of its institutionalization in Europe and in the respective partner countries, complemented by courses on nationalism, immigration, comparative historiography and digital heritage.

SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL FORESTRY ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE (SUTROFOR EMJMD) is a two-year world-class programme aimed at preparing qualified graduates to deal with the huge challenges of contemporary tropical forestry. The programme is offered by a five-university consortium over a period of two years.

MASTERS COURSE IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST AND NATURE MANAGEMENT: is aimed at preparing graduates qualified to cope with the huge challenges in contemporary forest and nature management while also enabling them to adapt to future, yet unknown, issues. The programme is offered by a five university consortium in Europe. It will be covered in 24 months.

As noted earlier, you should visit the website of any consortium to find the requirements, application guide, criteria and other information critical to your chances of being accepted.

Good luck.


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