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    The European Master’s in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (MA LLL) is one of the EU´s flagship Erasmus Mundus programmes, selected for the Erasmus Mundus Quality Assurance Handbook of Excellence in 2010. MA LLL aims to equip students with the expertise to confront the challenges of education policy-making, practice and administration in the twenty-first century.

    The programme provides the opportunity to study in different countries as part of an intercultural cohort led by eminent scholars and experts in lifelong learning. Students will learn how to perform comparative analyses of educational policies and practices related to all learning ages and contexts – from childhood to adulthood, from the conventional classroom to the workplace. The programme thus equips its graduates to develop, revise, implement, supervise and evaluate innovative lifelong learning strategies and practices suited to a variety of social and organisational contexts.


    The MA LLL programme, which was established in 2006 and now has alumni from over 50 countries, is truly international. Students acquire international experience and exposure by interacting and networking with peers, scholars and agencies from around the world. During the two-year programme, students have the opportunity to study at up to four leading universities, which cooperate to deliver a coherent and stimulating programme: the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen (Denmark); the Institute of Education, University of London (United Kingdom); the Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain); and Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (Australia).

    The programme comprises a series of modules focusing on the analysis and comparison of pedagogy, educational policies and educational systems through a global approach, with a strong focus on the quality of research.

    MALLL students undetake the first two semesters in London or Copenhagen. From the academic year 2011-2012, European students can choose to study one module of the second semester in Melbourne. During the third semester all students will be brought together in Bilbao, thus being able to draw on each others' experiences and take advantage of inter-cultural learning opportunities within the specific context of the MA LLL. Student's completion of the dissertation in the fourth semester can take place at any one of the three European universities.

    The first and second semesters lay the conceptual groundwork underlying existing theories, perspectives and tools in LLL.

    The second semester in the UK allows specialisation as regards policy in areas such as HE, further education, etc., The second semester in Denmark allows specialisation as regards comparative and transnational policy and processes and human resource development in the workplace.

    The third semester focuses on quality management in a systems perspective and the challenges of developing instruments to promote frameworks, strategies and instruments to promote harmonization, flexibility and mobility in response to the emerging needs of systems, stakeholders and individuals.

    The fourth semester is devoted to the dissertation. The overall aim of the dissertation is to allow students to unify and extend their understanding of the subject as developed in the taught part of the programme by pursuing an independent research project on a chosen topic.

    University requirements

    You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".

    Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.

    To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.

    Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments. 

    It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments. 

    EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.

    At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.

    Documents to be attached with your online application:

    You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:

    • Official transcript of records from your home university (must be in pdf format and must be in English!)
    • Copy/Scan of passport
    • Transcripts from bachelor studies (for master students only)

    Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.  

    Processing times and notification

    You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start. 

    Program requirements

    Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following criteria:• a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences with good marks from a recognised institution of higher education• a satisfactory level of spoken and written English. Mandatory are IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 650 in written paper test; or 280 in computerised test; or 100 in internet-based test• some work experience relevant to lifelong learning in policy-making, teaching, research or management – whether in international, governmental or non-governmental organisations, private enterprises or institutions of learning• a 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 completion of the course English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 650 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

    The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus student scholarships for non-EU students entering the programme. There are two categories of scholarship:


    Category A scholarships cover a two-year participation fee of EUR 16,000 (including tuition fees and mandatory insurance); travel, installation and visa-related costs up to EUR 8,000; and a monthly living allowance of EUR 1,000 for 24 months.


    Category B scholarships cover a two-year participation fee of EUR 8,000 (including tuition fees and mandatory insurance); travel and installation costs for the study period in Melbourne up to EUR 3,000; and a monthly living allowance of EUR 500 for 24 months.

    Applicants for scholarships must submit a qualifying academic essay addressing any aspect of lifelong learning and drawing on appropriate research literature. The essay will be assessed by academic staff from all participating universities and will form the basis for the award of scholarships. Please note that all essays will be screened for plagiarism.

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