The Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD) - Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

January 14, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
Marseille, Athens, Rome, Lisboa, Madrid, Glasgow


The International Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD) is designed for students who wish to acquire unparalleled regional expertise as well as a sound grounding in international affairs and pursue a career in the public, private or non-profit sectors or further academic study through a PhD programme. Graduates will be equipped with the academic knowledge, research skills, language skills and practical employability skills through this jointly developed and delivered programme.


EUROSUD brings together a network of six European partner universities, significant cultural organisations, think tanks and policy practitioners with unparalleled expertise and knowledge of the region to offer a unique multi-disciplinary, flexible and integrated curriculum that facilitates cultural immersion through three international mobility periods, a multidisciplinary approach that sits between area studies and international affairs and critical tools and transferable skills that strengthen graduate employability.

An array of academic conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events involving all consortium partners will help to make your EUROSUD experience a truly rewarding one in terms of making lasting friendships and equipping you for a future professional or research career.

Programme overview

Southern Europe has only recently been examined as a region with its own identity, distinct historical trajectory and independent presence in the world. This is pertinent as much as it is urgent, given the region’s position on the cutting edge of contemporary global developments such as democratisation, populism and protest politics, secessionist movements, regional integration, transnational migration, new security challenges, North-South relations and new trade routes between East and West.

The International Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD) offers you the unique opportunity to engage in the multi-disciplinary study of the South European region with six partners over two years and gain a jointly awarded Master degree or a multiple Master degree, depending on the combination of three degree-awarding partners. It is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD).

Key facts

  • Start: September
  • Duration: 24 months full-time
  • Award: International Master (IntM)
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Why this programme

  • This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme is unique in examining Southern Europe as a distinct region with its own identity and global role. Themes include democracy and protest, migration, social and economic change, nationalism, European integration and the new trade and security challenges that are reshaping the region.
  • Multiple mobility periods allow for a truly international learning experience. Immersion into South European society and culture, experience of diverse educational systems, and needs-based language training in all major South European languages offer in depth knowledge of the region.
  • Research and professional tracks are available for maximum choice in curriculum building. The research track leads to a dissertation while the professional track leads to a substantial work placement and a professional project. 
  • EMJMD consortium partners include University of Glasgow, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, LUISS Guido Carli Rome and Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • An innovative summer school offering dissertation training will be held annually over 10 days in July in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Guest lectures and seminars are offered by scholars and policy practitioners who are leading experts in their field.

Degree award

Graduates will receive the International Master in South European Studies jointly from the University of Glasgow and two other partners from the following group: the Autonomous University of Madrid, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and LUISS Guido Carli. You will receive a multiple degree when their third mobility takes place at the University of Aix-Marseille.

Career prospects

Career prospects include the civil service, diplomacy, regional organisations such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Union, international organisations such as NATO and the United Nations, journalism, public opinion and market research, non-governmental organisations and charities, teaching, academic research, business, tourism and international trade.

Consortium and partners

We are an international consortium composed of six European universities. EUROSUD draws on the global expertise, experience and networks of 23 associate partners covering all regions of the world, who will offer guest lectures, research mentoring and work-based placements by some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners who specialise in the South European region.

Programme structure

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods.

In semester 1 you gain an overview of the subject in Glasgow, followed by a choice of mobility partner in semester 2 (Athens or Madrid). Here you will follow a geographical pathway that situates the region in its broader neighbourhood context. Semester 2 also includes an online research and training course. In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-Marseille or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-Marseille.

You will spend semester 4 with the same semester 3 mobility partner researching and writing your dissertation or professional project under the guidance of a supervisory team of EUROSUD staff. If on the professional track you will also undertake a substantial work placement in semester 4. Please note semesters 3 and 4 cannot be spent with the same partner as semester 2. A Winter School will be held in the first week of February in Lisbon, featuring dissertation/project workshops and seminars on advanced research techniques.

The language of instruction is English except at Aix-Marseille where the language of instruction is French. (If you decide to select this pathway, you would need French proficiency to minimum B2). In Madrid, some optional courses will be offered in Spanish. Students will write their dissertation or professional project in English, but will be offered the option of writing it in French (in Aix-Marseille), Spanish (in Madrid) and English only at (NKUA and LUISS). Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major South European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.

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Entry requirements

  • 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject.
  • An interest in politics, international affairs, geography, history, classics, law, languages, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, cultural and media studies would be beneficial.


Deadline: January 14, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship includes

  • a contribution to the student participation costs (including tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the student's participation in the EMJMD study programme
  • a contribution to student travel and installation costs
  • a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships can be offered to students from any region of the world; however, no more than three with the same nationality will be awarded in the same intake under the same category. The scholarship’s terms depend on the student’s nationality and residence.

Participation costs

  • up to 4,500 € per year per scholarship holder from a Programme Country
  • up to 9,000 € per year per scholarship holder from a Partner Country
  • Any amount in excess of these maximum contributions must be covered by the participating organisations and cannot be charged to the scholarship holder.

Installation costs

  • 1,000 € per year per scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country
  • 2,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs for a scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4,000 km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI
  • 3,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs for a scholarship resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI

Subsistence costs

  • 1,000 € per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum)
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the EMJMD (study / research / placement / thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to Partner Country scholarship holders for periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Partner Country

Eligibility check

All applications are subject to an eligibility check which covers all aspects of the application: respect of the application deadline, completeness of the application file, eligibility of the candidate in relation to the Erasmus Mundus criteria. Applicants who fail to provide necessary documentation by the appropriate deadline will be excluded from the application procedure and will be informed of the specific reason for ineligibility.

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