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Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus was launched in 2004 as a higher education cooperation programme funded by the European Commission and continued until 2013. Beginning in 2014, Erasmus Mundus became part of the Erasmus+ funding scheme umbrella which lasted until 2020. The Erasmus+ scheme was renewed for the period of 2021-2027 and is expected to triple the number of participants. While the Erasmus Mundus Joint PhD degrees no longer exist, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programmes continue to be offered under the umbrella of Erasmus+.

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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs)

  • Are joint Master level study programmes carried out by consortia of European universities.

  • Provide a number of scholarships for students from the whole world to study in Europe. 

  • Give the students a chance to study in at least two European countries.

  • Offer multiple or joint Master degrees at the end of successful completion of the programme.


Erasmus Mundus degrees have earned a reputation as highly competitive masters and doctoral (not available any more) programmes that offer students the opportunity to study at several European and partner universities, invariably leading to joint or multiple university degrees.

For a full overview of all EMJMD courses, see here.

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EMA values community building, and the Association's members include newly accepted students, current students and alumni. EMA also has a strong connection with the EC, EACEA, EU Delegations, consortia and other key stakeholders. 


EMA runs Erasmus+ workshop, with focus on EMJMDs to promote Higher Education in Europe, through its various mobility programmes. As a general rule, EMA does not advise on or engage in application processes, decisions and internal rules and regulations set by the management of EMJMD consortia, or their universities. 


EMA organizes pre-departure orientations and gatherings for incoming students in collaboration with EU Delegations. EMA Country Representatives offer local support to students who are preparing for their EMJMD journey and Programme Representatives represent their EMJMD course and can be contacted with specific questions. As a general rule, EMA does not advise on or engage in visa application processes or decisions.


Once a student has been officially accepted for an EMJMD she/he can join the EMA community and benefit further from the invaluable support that the community offers. EMA remains available to members of the community as and when needed, throughout their studies and beyond.

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Erasmus Mundus PhDs

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Degree fellowships supplying funding for students to complete their PhD degree between two to three universities were offered until 2013 (last intake). These PhD programmes:

  • Were joint study and research programmes carried out by consortia of European universities.

  • Covered up to three years of doctoral activities.

  • Provided a number of scholarships for students and doctoral candidates to attend these programmes.

  • Gave PhD students a chance to study and perform research in at least two European countries.


The study and research opportunities at the doctoral level were offered in a variety of fields of study: Agriculture and Veterinary, Engineering, Manufacture and Construction, Health and Welfare, Humanities and ArtScience, Mathematics and Computing, Social Sciences, Business and Law, amongst others. 

Currently, EU-funded PhD fellowships are available under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which form part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.

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