Joint Master Degrees

When institutions participate in a joint master degree cooperation, they assume responsibility for giving the students an offer that is totally quality-assured.

This implies that they have shared responsibility for the entire program, both for academic content, teaching and assessment methods and quality assurance of the study program.

What is a joint degree?

A joint master degree is the most integrated form of international cooperation on studies, where two or more institutions own a study program and the corresponding degree together. Joint degrees can be established at both bachelor's, master's and doctoral level, but currently they appear most often at master's level.

A common degree can be certified through

a) a joint diploma

b) a joint diploma in addition to one or more national diplomas, or

c) one or more national diplomas.

Double Degree refers to program cooperation between two independent study programs, where the students receive a diploma from both institutions. This is a simpler and less integrated form of collaboration than a joint degree, where you take responsibility for both the program and the degree awarding together.

Consortia can receive support for three student admissions and one preparatory year, as well as a number of scholarships for students for three rounds of admission. The program must give 60, 90 or 120 ECTS and must be a jointly developed program, preferably documented via a joint degree program.

A consortium must consist of at least three higher education institutions from three program countries. Institutions from partner countries can participate if their participation strengthens the academic quality of the program. Collaboration with other types of institutions, for example in business, is highly recommended.

Corresponding measures of co-operation at doctoral level will be continued under the Marie Curie program, and will be handled in Norway through the Research Council of Norway.

Applications are evaluated according to 4 criteria, which are the same as in other Erasmus + actions, but the process has two stages: First, the applications are considered only by criteria of relevance. The applications that fulfill the required requirements will go on to round two, where the entire application is considered.

Application deadline:

13 February 2020
Published 16. February 2018 - 9:04 - Updated 25. November 2019 - 10:38