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Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees (EMJMDs) are a key part of the Erasmus programme. They involve groups of international universities, providing unique study and training opportunities for postgraduate students.

As well as helping to establish these collaborations, the Erasmus programme also provides generous scholarships for students to benefit from them. Great news if you're considering a Masters abroad!

This page offers a complete guide to Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees within Erasmus+. It includes information on scholarship amounts, eligibility and application guidelines. You can also read our overview of Erasmus funding.


Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees - Key Details
Funding scope 2014 - 2020
Programmes in 2016-17 104
Scholarships available 25,000
Value up to €42,000 each

What are Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees?

Erasmus+ Joint Masters Degrees are run by consortia of universities in different countries.

Each participating institution contributes some of its expertise or facilities to the programme. Some will host you as an international student and deliver parts of your course. Others will send scholars to help teach and train you or give you access to unique academic resources.

As a result, you’ll be at the centre of an international circle of international expertise in your subject area, receiving a unique postgraduate experience that quite simply isn’t available anywhere else. And you might not even have to pay for it.

Erasmus Mundus & Erasmus+

Joint Masters Degrees arrived with the Erasmus Mundus scheme and ran from 2009-2013 as 'Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses' (EMMCs). These programmes continue within the new Erasmus+ phase, running from 2014-2020. They are now referred to as 'Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees' (EMJMDs).

How are Erasmus+ Joint Masters Degrees organised?

Each Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree consortium consists of at least three higher education institutions. These will be located in different Erasmus Programme Countries. One will function as the coordinating institution. The others will contribute to hosting students and awarding credits towards their Masters.

A consortium can also include institutions from other Erasmus 'Partner Countries'. These contribute expertise and resources. They do not coordinate programmes and will not necessarily host students. You can read about the difference between Programme Countries and Partner Countries in our Erasmus introduction.

Other participants can include external organisations such as businesses, research institutes or public bodies.

How will I study?

EMJMDs usually last for two years. During this time you will be based within higher education institutions in at least two of the countries involved in your programme, with the option of also spending time at other participating institutions.

Institutions that don't host you will still play an important role in your programme. Scholars and experts will also travel between participating institutions to ensure that you receive the full benefit of the international resources and expertise underpinning your course.

What kind of degree will I be awarded?

Erasmus Joint Masters Degrees are complete postgraduate Masters qualifications. Depending on the exact period of study, your degree will usually be worth between 60 and 120 ECTS credits.

Your degree certificate may be awarded jointly by two or more of the participating higher education institutions. Alternatively, multiple institutions will each award degrees. Jointly awarded degree certificates are more common and are the method preferred by the Erasmus+ organising commission.

All universities involved in awarding your degree must be fully accredited in their home countries and each consortia must be formally approved by the Erasmus programme itself. As a result, your degree will be fully recognised internationally.

Of course, a Joint Masters doesn't just award a degree certificate. You'll benefit from a unique course unavailable at any other university. In the process you'll experience multiple cultures, have the chance to pick up new language skills and form valuable alumni connections.

More so than any other degree, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters really emphasises the value of postgraduate study abroad.

Where can you study on an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree?

Unlike other study abroad opportunities, a Joint Masters isn't based in any one specific country. The clue's in the name, after all. Instead, you'll spend time in at least two different countries - possibly more.

Most of your degree will probably be based in Europe as this is where the Erasmus Programme Countries that lead Joint Degrees are based. You may also spend time further afield however - particularly if non-European Partner Countries contribute to your programme.

Programme Countries & Partner Countries

There are two types of countries involved in Erasmus+. Programme Countries are EU members, candidate members and EEA members. Partner Countries include other participants. There's a full list in our Erasmus introduction.

Non-university placements

Some Joint Masters Degrees also include placements with other organisations, besides participating universities. These could include businesses, other professional bodies or even branches of government.

Current EMJMD opportunities

Sadly, you can't use an Erasmus Mundus programme as an opportunity to put together your dream study abroad package. The universities - and countries - involved in your degree will be pre-determined as part of its setup. You may have some flexibility when it comes to structuring your time with different hosts, but this will depend on the design of your course.

Thankfully, there's a huge range of EMJMD programmes on offer - with over a hundred offering scholarships in 2016-17. You can take a look at a full list here.

The list is updated annually as new consortia are set up and apply for Erasmus funding.

How much are Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarships worth?

Each approved Joint Degree programme is allocated enough money for a set of Masters scholarships.

The amount you can apply for depends on your nationality and the expenses involved in travelling to and from different host institutions.

As of 2016 Erasmus Mundus funding can include:

  • A tuition fee scholarship of up to €4,500 per year (for students from Programme Countries) or €9,000 per year (for students from Partner Countries). In both cases these are essentially full scholarships. Any remaining fees are to be covered by institutions. You can view a list of Programme Countries and Partner Countries in our Erasmus introduction.
  • A maintenance allowance of up to €1,000 per month, for up to 24 months. This is designed to support periods of study mobility and will not usually be paid when a student is based in their country of origin.
  • A travel grant of up to €3,000 per year, depending in a student's home location and the costs they incur as part of their programme

Each programme will normally have around 15 awards available per year. 75% (roughly 10) of these are reserved for applicants from Partner Countries.

Can I study on an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree without a scholarship?

Yes, once a Joint programme has been set up under Erasmus it is open to self-funding applicants in exactly the same way as another degree. The total number of enrolments may be limited, but suitable students will be able to take up any available spaces without funding.

Remember that self-funding a Joint Degree will be more expensive than normal study abroad. You'll need to budget for multiple sets of travel and accommodation expenses.

Who is eligible for Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree funding?

Students from all countries participating in the Erasmus programme are eligible to enrol on EMJMD programmes and receive funding. However, some scholarships may be reserved for students from Partner Countries – see above.

Additional eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • You should be studying full-time. Joint Masters Degrees are not usually designed to be completed on a part-time basis.
  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area. The collaborative and potentially interdisciplinary nature of EMJMDs means that criteria for determining relevant disciplines may be quite broad. Your prospective programme should be able to clarify its requirements. Appropriate professional or vocational experience may be accepted in place of an undergraduate degree.
  • You must not receive other EU funding. This includes other grants offered by the Erasmus programme.
  • You must not have received a previous scholarship for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree (or Erasmus Mundus Masters Course).

Brexit & Erasmus

Erasmus funding won't be immediately affected by the result of the UK's EU referendum in June 2016. UK students are still eligible for funding in 2016-17 - including EMJMD scholarships. You can read more about the impact of Brexit on postgraduate students on our blog.

How do you apply for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree?

Applications for EMJMD programmes are similar to those for other Masters degrees. The Erasmus+ website maintains an up to date EMJMD catalogue. You should use this to find a course that interests you. You can then apply directly to the consortium responsible.

You can then view specific entry requirements, application process and any other eligibility criteria.

Applications will normally be considered for scholarships as a standard part of the process. If you are not eligible for funding but wish to apply anyway you may need to make this clear.

You can apply to more than one EMJMD programme, up to a maximum of three simultaneous applications.

Other forms of Erasmus+ funding

Don't worry if you aren't eligible for a Joint Masters Degree. The Erasmus+ programme offers a range of other funding options. These include loans for students to complete other Masters courses - or study abroad for shorter periods.

Last updated - 12/07/2016

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