International educational programmes - Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Programmes and Joint Doctorates

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programmes and Joint Doctorates are selected on the basis of their academic excellence. They are financially supported by the European Commission. Each programme is organised by a consortium of at least three specialised universities in different European countries. Many consortia also include universities from non-European countries for some activities.
Students follow a mobility path according to their scientific interests. They visit at least two of the universities involved, thus obtaining a joint or a double degree. To cover all costs, they receive an attractive scholarship of up to € 48,000 for a two-year Master’s programme, including a fee allowance. For a Joint Doctorate, the scholarship may amount to € 129,000. Both European and non-European students can benefit from a scholarship.

New Erasmus Mundus programmes starting in the 2010-2011 academic year:
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Economics and Management of Network Industries (Prof. Johan Driesen, Department of Electrical Energy Computer Architectures)
  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics (Prof. Paul Schotsmans, Centre for Bioethics and Law). More information about the Master of Bioethics
  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Territorial Development (Prof. Dominique Vanneste, Social and Economic Geography Section)
  • Joint Master and Joint Doctorate of Membrane Engineering (Prof. Ivo Vankelecom, Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis)
  • Joint Doctorate of Prevention of Mobility Loss with Ageing (Prof. Sabine Verschueren, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences)

Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programmes at KU Leuven

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity (2005,2009)

Co-ordinator: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Partners: Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) -  University of Limerick (Ireland) - Norwegian School of Sports Science (Norway)

The Master in Adapted Physical Activity provides state-of-the-art research and a teaching methodology in Adapted Physical Activity (APA). Participating students are also introduced to the social, pedagogical and technical aspects of physical activity adapted to the needs of disabled persons.

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Erasmus Mundus Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2005, 2009)

Co-ordinator: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Partners: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Sweden) - Technische Universiteit Delft & Universiteit Leiden (the Netherlands) - Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Four of Europe's leading research and educational institutions offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The programme is truly integrated and provides top-quality multidisciplinary education in a strong research environment and a distinct international context.

Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics (2006, 2010)

Co-ordinator: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Partners: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (the Netherlands) - University of Padova (Italy)

Health care professionals and others professionally interested in medical ethics find themselves increasingly confronted with moral questions and dilemmas. Issues as complex as these challenge the people who have to deal with them on a daily basis. For the first time, a number of European universities and institutes have combined their efforts in the field of bioethics by developing a master's programme that focuses on all issues currently relevant to bioethics.

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Erasmus Mundus Master in Engineering Rheology (2008)

Co-ordinator: University of Minho (Portugal)
Partners: KU Leuven (Belgium) - Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) - University of Huelva (Spain) - University of Calabria (Italy) - Grenoble Institute of Technology (France) - University Joseph Fourier (France) - University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Rheology is the science that studies the deformation and flow of matter. It encompasses a wide range of  industrial areas of activity, such as plastics, ceramics, cosmetics, pharmaceutics, food and biotechnology, but also paints and inks, adhesives, lubricants and surfactants.
The programme concentrates on rheology and its applications in different engineering areas. Participants gain an insight into the relevance of rheology to materials science and engineering. They also learn to apply their knowledge when solving real-world engineering problems both autonomously and as researchers in multidisciplinary teams.

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Erasmus Mundus European Master of Science in Nematology (2008)

Co-ordinator: Ghent University (Belgium)
Partners: Universität Bielefeld (Germany) - Universidade de Evora (Portugal) - Universidad de Jaén (Spain) - Christian-Albrechts Universität, Kiel (Germany)  - Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee(UK) - Universiteit Wageningen (The Netherlands).
Associated partner: KU Leuven (Belgium)

Nematodes are everywhere. They must be ranked among the most harmful organisms to crops, especially in the tropics. However, they can also be used as natural antagonists in biocontrol programmes against pest insects. Free-living nematodes are an ideal tool for biodiversity studies. They are used as bioindicators of pollution in both terrestrial and aquatic environments.
The two-year Master’s programme aims to update the participants’ knowledge in the field of nematology and to develop their practical skills. Students receive an international training by highly qualified nematologists from different disciplines and countries.

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Erasmus Mundus Master in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (TCCM) (2009)

Co-ordinator: Universidad Autonoma Madrid (Spain)
Partners:  KU Leuven (Belgium) - Universidad de Valencia (Spain) - Universiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) - Università degli Studi de Perugia (Italy) - Université P. Sabatier de Toulouse (France) - Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

Theoretical chemistry and computational modelling (TCCM) play a key role in the development of modern chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, physics and materials science. The two-year joint programme is meant to prepare experts in using and developing molecular sciences computational techniques to either work with innovative pharmaceutical, petrochemical and new-materials industries or to do future doctoral studies in chemistry, physics, life or materials sciences.
The second year of the programme includes teaching and research activities partly carried out in a member institution of the consortium in a different country.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Economics and Management of Network Industries (ENIM II) (2010)

Co-ordinator: Universidad Pontificias Comillas Madrid (Spain)
Partners: KU Leuven (Belgium) - Université de Paris-Sud (11) (France) - Technische Universiteit Delft (the Netherlands) - European University Institute Firenze (Italy)
Non-European partners: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - Johns Hopkins University (US) - University of Texas in Austin (US)

During the last decade, network industries and infrastructures have progressively been exposed to market restructuring with the objective of reaching higher degrees of competition and efficiency. In this context, new forms of regulatory governance and policy have been put into practice, and new economic approaches have been introduced to traditionally regulated sectors such as the electric power industry, the gas sector, telecommunications, transport, water and postal services.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Sustainable Territorial Development (2010)

Co-ordination: Università degli Studi Padova (Italy)
Partners: KU Leuven (Belgium) - Université de Paris 1 Pantéon Sorbonne (France)
Non-European partner: Universidade Catolica Don Bosco, Campo Grande – MS (Brazil)

Ce diplôme SteDe a pour objectif de former des experts dans le domaine de l’ingénierie territoriale du développement durable. Il s’agit plus concrètement de former des professionnels capables d’aider toutes les organisations opérant dans une ville (entreprises, collectivités locales, Organisations de la Société civile) à mettre en place des politiques d’ancrage du développement durable dans leur organisation construites sur des démarches de management environnemental et enjeux environnementaux et interculturels du développement urbain. Il ne se contente pas de mettre l’accent sur les collectivités locales, mais aussi sur les entreprises, les Acteurs Non Etatiques (ANE)1et Organisations de la Société Civile (OSC).

Master in Membrane Engineering (2010)

Co-ordinator: Université de Montpellier 2 Sciences et Techniques (France)
Partners: Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse (France) - Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (Czech Republic) - Universidad de Zaragozza (Spain) - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) - Technische Universiteit Twente (the Netherlands)
Associate partners: KU Leuven (Belgium) - Universita della Calabria (Italy)
Non-European university: Université Hassan II Mohammedia, Cassablanka (Morroco)

Environmental considerations, resulting from phenomena such as massive scale air and water pollution and also the gradual rarefaction of the fossil energy resources, gave rise to the concept of sustainable growth and to related strategies such as process intensification, reusing water and solvents at their point of use, and CO2 capture and storage. Membranes have a key role to play in these new technologies as well as in the separation operations that are associated with the mentioned strategies. Apart from this, a lot of separation operations are currently performed by using membranes in industrial processes.

Erasmus Mundus Doctorates at KU Leuven

Erasmus Mundus Doctorate on Prevention of Mobility Loss with Ageing (MOVE-AGE)

Co-ordinator: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Partners: KU Leuven (Belgium) - Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom)

The MOVE-AGE joint PhD programme wishes to provide a reference for well-structured doctoral training in the field. Its three main objectives are: developing and expanding a knowledge base for acquiring a basic understanding of the factors that are limiting and enhancing the mobility of an ageing population; developing and disseminating methods and tools for the integrative study of human mobility; and establishing structured links between scientists, health care and public health professionals, and industry.
The objectives will be reached by setting up a strongly interactive, interdisciplinary and international network, in which movement and rehabilitation science PhD students work closely together with basic scientists, engineers and clinicians, as well as with SMEs and public health and health care professionals.

Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering

Co-ordinator: Università della Calabria (Italy)
Partners: KU Leuven (Belgium), Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (Csech Republic), Technische Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands), Université Montpelleir 2 Sciences et Techniques, Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse (France),
Associate partners (universities): Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) - Rheinisch-Westphälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany) - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)

A sustainable solution to the increasing demand for raw materials and energy is in the rational integration and implementation of new technologies that are able to achieve concrete benefits of manufacturing and processing, substantially increasing process performance, saving energy, reducing costs, minimizing environmental impact. In this respect, membrane engineering and technology is significantly contributing to the innovation of both processes and products: membranes are able to integrate conversion and separation processes, which leads to more efficiency and lower energy requirements as compared to conventional operations.

Who can apply for an Erasmus Mundus Master scholarship?

There are two different scholarship schemes for students and scholars under Erasmus Mundus: one for Third Country nationals and for students from the Western Balkans and Turkey, and one for European nationals.

Scholarships for students and scholars from Third Countries and from the Western Balkans and Turkey travelling to Europe

A limited number of scholarships is available for Third Country nationals and for students from the Western Balkans and Turkey with excellent academic records. Eligible students and scholars:

  • are graduates who have successfully obtained a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a recognized higher education institution anywhere in the world or high-quality academics and/or professionals with an outstanding experience who can carry out teaching, research or scholarly work;
  • are nationals of any country around the world other than the EU Member States and the EEA-EFTA states;
  • are selected to attend an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s or Joint Doctorate Course by the consortium offering the course;
  • are not a resident of any of the Member States or the participating countries;
  • have not carried out their main activities (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of twelve months over the last five years (reference date: 28 February) in any of the above mentioned countries (EU Member States, EEA-EFTA states).
Scholarships for European students and scholars travelling to Third Countries (Action 3)

A limited number of scholarships is available for European nationals (students/scholars) with strong academic records. The scholarship enables them to spend a short period of study or work (normally three months) at a Third Country university; it is essential that a specific partnership has been established between the hosting Third Country university and an Erasmus Mundus consortium (please check this out with the consortium co-ordinator).
Eligible students and scholars should be:

  • nationals of one of the EU Member States or of one of the EEA-EFTA states;
  • enrolled in or working for an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course;
  • Third Country nationals who have been legal residents in the EU for at least three years (and for a purpose other than studying) before the start of the scholarship period.

More detailed information on the Erasmus Mundus programme is available on the website of the European Commission.