European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions.

EMJMDs award EU-funded scholarships to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds.

Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries. Part of the studies can also take place in a Partner country if there is a Partner country institution involved.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) aim to:

  • foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);
  • increase the quality and attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and supporting the EU's external action in the higher education field by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;
  • improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.

In this regard, EMJMDs are expected to contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Education and Training strategic framework 2020 (ET2020), including the corresponding benchmarks established in those policies.

All Erasmus+ Programme Countries committed as part of the Bologna Process to common standards and guidelines in quality assurance, as well as a common degree structure and credit system. These aim to ensure mutual trust in higher education systems, facilitate the international mobility of students and graduates, cooperation between universities across borders as well as the mutual recognition of qualifications and study periods abroad.  In the Communication "Strengthening European identity through education and culture", the European Commission outlined its vision for a European Education Area by 2025, for "a Europe in which learning, studying and doing research would not be hampered by borders." Quality assurance across borders is a key element to working towards a European Education Area.  In particular, the "European Approach for the Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes"1, adopted by the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Yerevan in 2015, has been developed to ease external quality assurance of these programmes: it defines standards that are based on the agreed tools of the EHEA, without applying additional national criteria.  This is expected to facilitate integrated approaches to quality assurance of joint programmes, which genuinely reflect and mirror their joint character.

EMJMDs are invited to take the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes as a basis for the external quality assurance of their course, if allowed by national legislation.

EMJMDs shall contribute to raising the attractiveness of the EHEA worldwide and demonstrating the excellence and high level of integration of the joint study programmes delivered by European HEIs.

This Action also supports EU external actions, objectives and priorities in the higher education field in their various aspects.

Explanation programme country & Partner country

Programme countries can fully take part in all the Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme: Member States of the European Union (EU) and the following Non-EU Programme Countries: former Yugoslavia, Iceland, Norway, Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Turkey, and Serbia.

Partner Countries can take part in certain Actions of the Programme, subject to specific criteria or conditions. For more information about the criteria and a list of the Partner Countries see: