Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to apply?
  2. Who are ‘Third country’ (Category A) applicants?
  3. Who are ‘European’ (Category B) applicants?
  4. Which English test scores are accepted?
  5. When do I apply?
  6. Can I choose courses from different Study Tracks?
  7. Can I enrol in the programme part-time?
  8. Do Erasmus Mundus scholarships cover all expenses?
  9. What is an ECTS and what are ECTS credit points?
  10. What can I do if my Erasmus Mundus Application has not been selected?

1. Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates from all countries can apply for the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Neuroscience. The B.Sc. Background needs to be in the natural sciences in a wide sense.
Eligibility criteria are listed in page ‘admission’.

2. Who are ‘Third country’ (Category A) applicants?

A ‘Third country applicant’, as defined by the European Commission is any candidate who comes from a Third Country who is not resident nor has carried out a main activity (studies, work, etc …) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the country of the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein (12-month rule).

3. Who are ‘European’ (Category B) applicants?

‘European applicant’, as defined by the European Commission, is any candidate from the 27 European Union (EU) Member States and EEA-EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway), and any candidate from Third Country who do not belong to the Category A (12-month rule).

4. Which English test scores are accepted?

A thorough proficiency in English is required

  • IELTS: 6.5 – please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one.
  • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
  • TOEFL computer-based test: 237
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92-93
  • Cambridge International Examinations CAE/CPE: B/C

The test must have been completed no more than two years before the course starts. Candidates do not need to take one of the above mentionned English certificates, if they have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

5. When do I apply?

  • Application calls are published every year in ‘September n’ for the ‘Master Edition n+1-n+2’.
  • Application deadline for scholarship: between ‘December n’ and ‘January n+1’
  • Application deadline as self-funding: ‘February n+1’
  • Official results: ‘April-May n+1’
  • Programme Start: ‘August-September n+1’
  • Programme End: ‘June n+2′

6. Can I choose courses from different Study Tracks?

No. When you apply you must indicate study track preferences (on page 1 of the application). Once you are admitted into the European Masters Programme you will be assigned to one of the tracks you indicated on your application. You take the courses in this Study Track at the institutions listed for your study track during year 1. At the end of the 1st Semester, you will define a mobility scheme with 2 supervisors for year 2.

7. Can I enrol in the programme part-time?

No. The European Master of Neuroscience programme is a two-year, full-time programme.

8. Do Erasmus Mundus scholarships cover all expenses?

The amount of money awarded to scholarship recipients in the 2010/2011 academic year will be:

  1. For category A scholarships:
    Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 4,000/ year
    Monthly allowance: € 1,000 / month
  2. For category B scholarships, with mobility to a third country:
    Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 3,000
    Monthly allowance: € 500 / month
  3. For category B scholarships, without mobility to a third country:
    Monthly allowance: € 500 / month

In addition to the contribution to travel and monthly allowance, the Scholarship includes a contribution to the EMMC participation costs (€ 4,000 / semester for category A students, € 2,000 / semester for category B students), i.e. mandatory contribution to the tuition fees and insurance coverage.

9.What is an ECTS and what are ECTS credit points?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken abroad by mobile students through the transfer credits. The ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits are equivalent to the workload of full-time student during one academic year.

10. What can I do if my Eramus Mundus Application has not been selected?

After the ranking of all applicants, only 24 students can be accepted to the Neurasmus Programme. The list of students selected for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship will be provided. If you are not among the happy winners, you still have a chance to start a Neuroscience M.Sc.- Course in one of the partner universities. If you wish so, please contact the partner University directly.

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