M.Sc. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Economics and Management of Network Industries

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Application deadline: June 1; Non EU/EEA: March 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Economics and Management of Network Industries, coordinated by UP Comillas, is a two-year technical specialisation track in which you will develop a mixed economic and technical view on energy networks.

The EMIN is a two-year joint programme (120 ECTS) with two separate phases:

* Training period (90 ECTS): 3 semesters of 30 ECTS each comprised of lectures at the partner universities.
* Master's thesis and internships (30 ECTS): to be completed at any of the EMIN partner universities, in collaboration with the industry partners providing internships for EMIN students in the final stage of their studies

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Economics and Management of Network Industries is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.

The EMIN Joint Master Programme offers the opportunity to acquire expertise in network industries management from a global perspective that covers both economic/regulatory and technological/management issues. In these industries, teaching, training and research are typically conducted solely by focused specialists, which usually results in a skewed perspective. The objective of this Master's programme is to continue integrating specialists from different perspectives and nationalities, and to allow them to interact in an interdisciplinary programme to address the main problems faced by network industries in the current context of economic crisis and environmental concern. Our Master's students will learn the relevant engineering, economics, policy and management principles in the network and infrastructure industries. As this course is dedicated to training qualified professionals, these skills and knowledge will be acquired and applied to concrete case studies.


The programme builds on the first part of the Bachelor's programme, which offers general education in the basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) in combination with a number of select basic technical courses. Of these courses, the applied physics courses (electricity/magnetism, mechanics, thermodynamics) are seen as an absolute minimum. This is followed by the second part of the Bachelor's programme, in which the theoretical basic knowledge of electrical technology and mechanical engineering is offered, building on the basic scientific and technical knowledge of the first part.
The internal foundations of this knowledge are system theory and control theory, electrical energy and drives, energy conversion machines and systems, fluid mechanics and heat transition (or transport phenomena). These courses are the core of a possible adjustment programme. To gather designing experience, students are obliged to become acquainted with the different domains in a shared project designing different basic components of an entire system. The project solidifies knowledge obtained in the basic courses in a practical form.


Previous studies:
The criteria for previous studies include:

* Candidates must have obtained a BSc diploma (or equivalent) of substantial quality and level corresponding to at least 3 years studies at University, equivalent to 180 ECTS.
* Candidates must hold a degree in Engineering, Economics or Management (to study at TUDelft and KU Leuven, these studies must be in a technological field or the natural sciences).

The selection of these students will be based on the excellence of their studies. To verify this, the consortium will ask the candidates to submit a transcript, requiring a Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BSc study of at least 75% of the scale maximum and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score of at least 450 in verbal reasoning, 4.1 in analytical writing skills, and 650 in quantitative reasoning. Two letters of recommendation and a C.V. will be required.

Language skills:
Students must take courses in English (Delft, Comillas and Paris XI), and optional courses are also offered in French (Paris XI), Spanish (Comillas) and Dutch (KU Leuven and TUDelft). A high level of English is therefore required. Knowledge of Dutch, French and/or Spanish will be taken into account.

Students whose mother tongue is not English and who did not take all their secondary or tertiary education in English, must provide proof of their command of English, for instance the English Proficiency Certificate, International TOEFL score 80 (Internet-based test), IELTS (academic version) overall band score of at least 6.5, or a DIALANG European Test level B2.

For Spanish and French, basic understanding may be acknowledged in two ways: submitting official proof of language skill: Diplôme d#Etudes en Langue Française, Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera; or by passing the DIALANG European test.

In individual cases, a selection committee will decide whether there are exceptional circumstances that justify deviation from one or more of the selection criteria listed above. Exceptional circumstances may result in conditional admission in which case final admission and enrollment will take place only after the condition(s) have been fulfilled.

Selection procedure:
COMILLAS, as consortium coordinator, receives and classifies the applications, and then submits them to the consideration of the EMIN Joint Admissions Committee. An online intranet has been developed to facilitate the sharing and analysis of the candidates# applications by the members of the Committee. The Committee will classify candidates pursuant to the following criteria:

* Academic record (50 %)
* Curriculum vitae (40 %)
* Letters of motivation and recommendation forms (10 %)

All degree awarding partners will be represented on this committee. Candidate evaluation in accordance with the selection criteria are governed by the General Principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, i.e., transparency, merits, non-discrimination, recognition of mobility experience, recognition of qualifications, and the pattern of lifelong professional development.
In the initial screening, a video-conference conversation with candidates may be required to verify their motivations and the consistency of their project. The Joint Admissions Committee will draw up a final list of students admitted after this interview.

After the selection, the EMIN Consortium will submit the lists of main candidates for awarding the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, according to the calls established each year for Category A and Category B candidates.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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