M.A. European Master's in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management

University of Deusto

Application deadline: March 15:Self-funded;10 December :Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications and EU students
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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:

* Department of Education, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom.
* Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.
* Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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 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

Course aims

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.

Course Description

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)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 650
TOEFL iBT® test: 100


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