Investments in lifelong learning are increasing all over the world. The challenge for professionals is to develop lifelong learning systems suited to various social and organizational contexts.
What new opportunities will this create for individuals and for societies?
What are the new requirements for education, policy and practice?
The European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (MA LLL) is the first joint programme to address this transformation.
The programme is offered by the MALLL Consortium of three European universities and an Australian university:
This Erasmus Mundus consortium have pooled their expertise to provide an individually oriented perspective for the teaching and learning process, with a global approach and strong focus on quality of research.
European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management offers double or multiple degrees, depending on the mobility path, leading to:
Master of Arts (MA) in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (Aarhus University)
European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (University of London)
Máster Universitario Europeo en Aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida: Politicas y Gestion (University of Deusto).
Recognition: The European Commission has approved the programme and provided it with the Erasmus Mundus label. The programme was selected by the European Commission as 1 of the 9 Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes for the Erasmus Mundus Handbook of Excellence 2010.
Duration: 2 years full-time
Language of instruction: English
The tuition fee for European students for the two-year programme amounts to a maximum of 8,000. As higher education in Denmark is state funded, citizens from the European Union and EEA member states will receive tuition fee waiver for the semester(s) completed at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.
The distinctive character of the programme lies in:
the in-depth studies and academic experience of a two-year programme
the richness of academic traditions of four education systems offered through the cooperation between three European universities and an Australian university
the diversity of the students that come from all over the world
the intercultural skills to prepare for being a global citizen
the global alumni network and being part of a learning community around the world
This Masters programme trains professionals to design and develop educational and training strategies for Lifelong Learning.
You will learn to promote innovative LLL systems that are suited to the context in which they are undertaken. You will develop personal skills to mediate between the educational community and the needs of the local or national environment.
You will learn to advise organisations on the planning, implementation, evaluation, supervision, and to control training mechanisms.
The Course will develop your familiarity with the theories, methods and perspectives of transnational education, research, learning and LLL.
You will develop necesary competencies to identify diverse learning needs and the appropriate educational actions. You will also develop systemic competences related to management, quality, creativity and leadership.
With these competencies, you will be able to participate actively in the new developments and reforms taking place worldwide.
The course comprises a series of modules, focusing on either policy or management and a compulsory dissertation. Each semester accredits a total of 30 ECT* points (15 ECTS per module), amounting to a total of 120 ECTS for the full master degree.
The first year
In the academic year 2015-2016, all MALLL students in batch 10 will study the first year at the institute of Education in London, England. The third semester will be at Deusto University, Spain. For the fourth semester, students can choose one of the three European universities to write their thesis.
Erasmus MundusProgramme country scholarship students must study one module of the second semester in July-August 2016 at Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. EU/EEA self-funded students can opt to study the same module in Melbourne.
The second year
In the second year, all students will go to the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for the third semester. For the fourth semester, students can choose between the three European universities to write their dissertations according to their topics and subject supervisor availability and Visa requirements.
*ECTS (the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired.
MA LLL is a full-time two year programme offered in English. Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following criteria:
A Bachelors or Masters degree with good marks from a recognised institution of higher education.
A satisfactory level of spoken and written English: IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 650 in written paper test; or 280 in computerised test; or 100 in internet-based test is mandatory.
Some work experience relevant to lifelong learning: in policymaking, teaching, research or management – whether in international, governmental, non-governmental organisations, private enterprises or institutions of learning.
Submission of an academic qualification essay addressing any aspect of lifelong learning, and drawing on appropriate research literature.
The main selection criteria include motivation, academic merit, quality of essay, experience, and English language skills.
For all categories, your online application must include the following documents:
Application form (choose the category in the left menu)
English language proficiency test certificate (IELTS or TOEFL)
Personal Statement of Motivation (max. 450 words) stating the following: your academic interest in Lifelong Learning Policy, your academic interest in Lifelong Learning Management, and your career plan after the completion of the course
An academic qualification essay based on research literature about any aspect of lifelong learning (1800 words excluding references)
Certified copies of academic transcripts and diploma certificate (translated into English)
Two recommendation letters from former/current supervisors of which one must be academic referee.
Passport (photo page)
No work experience is required.
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The University of Deusto fi rst opened its doors in 1886. Its birth was the result of the combined concerns and cultural interests of the Basque Country, which wished to have a university of its own, and of the Jesuit Fathers, who wanted to move their school of higher studies from La Guardia (Pontevedra) to a more central location.