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Admission and Scholarships

Notice! (2015 is the last year students can be admitted to the MALLL programme - Batch 10 is last batch)


Admission and Scholarships

The European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (MALLL) programme welcomes applications from students around the world.

You can apply as a self-funded student or for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Please look at the navigation menu on the left to see more details.

Additional scholarships for partner-country students may be awarded to applicants coming from specific geographical regions. For the 2015 intake. For further information

Only less than 8% of applicants in previous years obtained the scholarship. Applicants are advised to look for alternative sources of fundings as early as possible.

Entry requirements

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)

Mobility tracks for batch 10 (2015-2017)

In the academic year 2015-2017, all MALLL students in batch 10 will study the first year at the Institute of Education,London (IOE). 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.

Programme country students who receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship 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.

Erasmus Mundus Programme country scholarship students and EU/EEA self-funded students must study in at least two European universities outside the country where they obtained their latest university degree and each study period must give theme at least 30 ECTS (Melbourne module will only give 15 ECTS, so it does not count). These mobility periods cannot be replaced by virtual mobility. Neither can they take place in institutions outside the consortium.

For example, a Danish student with Programme country scholarship has finished the first year in Copenhagen, can only go back to Copenhagen for the fourth semester if his/her BA degree was obtained from another country than Denmark.

A British student holding a programme country scholarship and a British BA degree, can start MALLL at IoE London in the first year, move to Melbourne for 1 module, then go to Bilbao and must finish thesis in Copenhagen.


Please note that a student can send their applications to a maximum of three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses.

If a student applies to more than three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

In addition, only individuals who have not previously benefitted from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship are eligible to apply. Applicants are asked to sign a declaration confirming that they have not previously received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the Scholarship Application Form and in the Scholarship Agreement.

If a student is selected (proposed for a scholarship, put on the reserve list, or enrolled on a self paying basis) his/her data may be used for the purposes of evaluating the Erasmus Mundus Programme and will be made available to the Agency, the EM National Structures, the EU Delegations and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association, acting as stakeholders of the programme.