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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 8.99k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This masters degree will:

    * look at why the concept of lifelong learning (LLL) has been incorporated into national and transnational policies for education and professional development
    * identify concepts of learning that inform current thinking about LLL
    * enable you to promote and manage innovation in LLL systems suited to the social and organisational contexts in which they are to be undertaken, so as to facilitate change and social transformation
    * encourage you to mediate between the educational community and the needs of the local environment, including social and professional stakeholders
    * allow you to advise organisations on the planning, implementation, evaluation, supervision and control of training mechanisms in LLL
    * teach you techniques for recognising diverse learning needs and for identifying the appropriate and sustained educational actions which will meet these needs


    This masters degree offers the opportunity to:

    * study in London or Copenhagen, with one semester in Bilbao, and take an optional module at the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
    * take part in the new developments and reforms taking place in Europe in accordance with the Bologna and Copenhagen processes
    * design and develop flexible learning paths, using the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) and including recognition of prior learning
    * engage in small-scale research, which will be of value in your own country in developing policy and professional practice
    * develop systemic competences related to management, quality, creativity and leadership
    * apply for a scholarship from the European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme.

    Interested in finding out more? Why not come along to our open evening, Tuesday 11 September, 5pm-7pm in central London? For further information and to book your place, please visit

    How are you assessed?

    By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, including essays and portfolios with reflective statements, and a 20,000-word dissertation.


    Face-to-face evening sessions.

    Length of programme

    Two years full-time (two semesters per year)

    Core topics

    * Comparative education: theories and methods
    * Lifelong learning: theories and perspectives
    * Educational traditions and systems in Europe
    * Vocational learning: theory and practice

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    The entry requirements for students enrolling on the MA LLL are: * a good honours degree in the humanities or social sciences. * a satisfactory level of spoken and written English: * IELTS: 7.0 * TOEFL: 650 (written paper test) or * 280 (computer-based test) or * 114-115 (internet-based test)Please see for the full entry criteria English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 650 TOEFL iBT® test: 114 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    There are Erasmus Mundus scholarships available on a competitive basis for European students (EU and EEA/EFTA states) and Overseas students. Scholarship applications must be received by 16 January 2012 deadline. The deadline for self-funded applications is 16 May 2012.

    The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarships for third country (non-EU) students. Category A scholarships are worth 48,000 which covers two-year tuition fee of Euro 16,000 and living allowances to study the MALLL programme.

    The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus CategoryBscholarships for European students. A category B scholarship covers tuition fee and living allowance of 500 per month for two years. Additional 3,000 is available for the mobility period in Melbourne.

    Full scholarship details are available on the website at


    European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (MA LLL) is one of the European Unions flagship Erasmus Mundus programme. It aims at equipping professionals with the expertise to confront the challenges of educational policymaking, practice and administration in the 21st century. MA LLL was selected for inclusion in an Erasmus Mundus Handbook of Excellence issued by the European Commission in 2010.

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