Admission requirements

The Master programme builds upon a first degree such as a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification in a related field (e.g. Social Work, Sociology).

The final grade must be a minimum of C+ or equivalent and proven by certificates. Preliminary transcripts are acceptable when applying, but the final degree certificate is required before the start of the programme.

Preference will be given to applicants who can document knowledge of Family Social Work and empirical methods. Modules completed at the undergraduate level, papers, essays and examination results are considered valid documentation. Preference will also be given to qualified applicants who, in addition, have relevant professional experience.

Language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must demonstrate proficiency in English by the application deadline. Acceptable tests of English language competence are:

TestValidityMinimum score required
TOEFL-PBT (paper-based)
2 years
570
TOEFL-CBT (computer-based)
2 years
230
TOEFL – iBT (Internet-based)
2 years
88
IELTS (International English Language Test)
2 years
6.5
APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language)
2 years
3.0
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
2 years
85
Cambridge Proficiency Examination
5 years
C
Cambridge Advanced English Test
5 years
B

 

Selection process and criteria

The Consortium Committee appoints a Selection Board consisting of one committee member per partner institution (summing up to four board members). Based on the documents provided the Consortium Committee, the Selection Board compiles a ranking list of applicants. The candidates final score will be obtained through the following criteria:

Criterion

Minimum score required*Maximum score*Weighting

Level of academic qualification

2
3
30%

Relevance of academic qualification

1
3
20%

Relevance and level of research experience

1
3
15%

Relevance and level of professional experience

0
3
15%

Statement of Purpose

1
3
10%

Proficiency in second/third language

1
3
10%

*(3 points = excellent; 2 points = very good; 1 point = good; 0 points = weak/not pertinent/not available)

A ranking list of applicants is compiled based on the weighted average of all board members’ vote. In case of equal qualification the female applicant or applicant with special needs is preferred.

Admission procedure

The Consortium Committee Selection Board will select the students to be awarded with an Erasmus Mundus scholarship based on the list compiled and in accordance with Erasmus Mundus guidelines. After approving the Selection Board’s decision the Consortium Committee immediately informs Lisbon University Institute’s admissions office of the ranking list compiled. Successful applicants will receive notification of acceptance from the Lisbon University Institute as well as a Letter of Acceptance from the MUNDUSFAMILY Consortium Committee. The notification of acceptance contains a deadline by which the applicant must register for the programme. If this deadline is not met, the notification of acceptance will be null and void. If a number of places is still available after the deadline for registration expired, a corresponding number of applicants, who did not initially receive notification of acceptance, will be admitted according to the ranking order achieved. The admission procedure will be closed by 15th June annually. Applicants who are not accepted will receive a notification of rejection together with a statement of the right to appeal.

 

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