Joint Master Degrees

ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREES

 

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF AN ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE?

 

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) aim to:

  • foster excellence, quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);
  • increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and supporting the EU’s external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;
  • improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.

In this regard, EMJMDs are expected to contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Education and Training strategic framework 2020 (ET2020), including the corresponding benchmarks established in those policies. EMJMDs will continue and strengthen the successful experience initiated with the Erasmus Mundus Master Courses (EMMCs) in raising the attractiveness of the EHEA worldwide and demonstrating the excellence and high level of integration of the joint study programmes delivered by European HEIs.

 

This Action also supports EU external actions, objectives and priorities in the higher education field in their various aspects.

 

WHAT IS AN ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE?

An EMJMD is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, delivered by an international consortium of HEIs from different countries and, where relevant, other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the study areas/professional domains covered by the joint programme. Their specificity lies in the high degree of jointness/integration67 and the excellent academic content and methodology they offer. There is no limitation in terms of discipline. The list of joint programmes funded under the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Executive Agency website.

 

All participating HEIs established in a Programme Country must be Master degree-awarding institutions and the corresponding EMJMD Master certificate(s) -covering the entire study programme of the EMJMD, must be duly accredited (where applicable by the competent national authorities) in the countries where these HEIs are established. The successful completion of the joint EMJMD Master programme must lead to the award of either a joint degree (i.e. one single diploma issued on behalf of at least two HEIs from different Programme Countries and dully accredited in these countries) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two diplomas issued by two higher education institutions from different Programme Countries duly accredited in these countries). If national legislation allows, joint degrees are encouraged, as they represent a full integration of the learning and teaching process. Besides the degree-awarding HEIs from Programme Countries, other partner HEIs from Partner Countries can be involved in the award of joint or multiple degrees.

 

EMJMD proposals at application stage must present fully developed joint study programmes, ready to run and to be advertised worldwide immediately after their selection. In this context, the EMJMD selection process will be very selective with the aim of supporting only the very best proposals.

 

In return, selected EMJMDs will receive high levels of funding for three intakes of students to allow them to increase their worldwide visibility and reinforce their sustainability prospects.

 

The sections below describe the nature, selection and funding conditions of newly selected EMJMDs, as well as the conditions applicable to already selected EMMCs which implement student intakes in the context of their on-going framework partnership agreements concluded under the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

 

WHICH ACTIVITIES ARE SUPPORTED UNDER THIS ACTION?

This Action will support the following activities:

  • the delivery of a EMJMD programme corresponding to 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, organised through an international consortium of HEIs including the participation of invited scholars (guest lecturers) for teaching, training and/or research purposes;
  • the award of scholarships to excellent students worldwide for their participation in one of these EMJMD programmes.

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN AN ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE?

EMJMD programmes are delivered by an international consortium of HEIs and where relevant other types of organisations (enterprises, public bodies, research organisations, etc.) contributing to the implementation of the EMJMD.

The EMJMD consortium is composed of the:

  • Applicant/coordinator: a HEI established in a Programme Country that submits the project proposal on behalf of all the partners. When the EMJMD is granted, the applicant/coordinator will become the main EU grant beneficiary and will sign a multi-beneficiary grant agreement on behalf of the EMJMD consortium. Its coordinating role stands for the following duties:
  • represents and acts on behalf of the group of participating organisations vis-à-vis the European Commission;
  • bears the financial and legal responsibility for the proper operational, administrative and financial implementation of the entire project;
  • coordinates the EMJMD in cooperation with all other project partners.
  • Partners: degree-awarding HEIs recognised as such by the relevant authorities of the Programme or Partner Country in which they are established and any private or public organisation that contributes actively to the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the EMJMD. Each partner must sign a mandate by which the signatory grants power of attorney to the coordinator to act in its name and on its behalf during the implementation of the project.
  • Associated partners (optional): additionally the EMJMD study programme may also benefit from the involvement of associated partners. These organisations contribute indirectly to the implementation of specific tasks/activities and/or support the dissemination and sustainability of the EMJMD. Such contribution may for example take the form of knowledge and skills transfer, the provision of complementary courses or backing possibilities for secondment or placement/ For contractual management issues, “associated partners” are not considered as part of the EMJMD consortium because they have a more limited role in the implementation of the EMJMD, as their expertise is called upon on an ad-hoc basis.

 

The necessary institutional commitment of all the organisations participating in the EMJMD consortium must be ensured prior to the enrolment of the first EMJMD students in order to guarantee solid institutional embedding and backing. The EMJMD Consortium Agreement (see guidelines and models available on the Executive Agency website) will be a key instrument for this purpose and will have to be signed by all partner institutions prior to the launching of the first scholarship application and selection procedure. This EMJMD Consortium Agreement will have to cover as precisely as possible all academic, operational, administrative and financial aspects related to the implementation of the EMJMD and the management of the EMJMD scholarships.

 

For more information regarding this project, refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide which can be accessed from here.