The FRP++ will have its second edition in 2023/2024 as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme
THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
The FRP++ will have its second edition in 2023/2024 as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) Course, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The FRP++ Master Course starts on October 2, 2023, and finishes at the end of September every academic year.
The opportunities to apply are grouped into three calls, as shown below. Note that the EU Scholarships will only be available during the first call, so it is important to submit applications within this call, if funding by EU is sought. The FRP++ also provides Consortium Scholarships. Most of the Consortium Scholarships will be available during the first call.
Balanced gender participation issues are addressed by FRP++ during the selection of the applicants. The selections will be based on the merits and strength of applications/applicants. In cases of ‘tie evaluation’, the gender balance will be taken into account as a criterion for the selection. Given the low participation of women in engineering related studies and the need of the increase of women participation in the future competitiveness worldwide, the FRP++ will secure 5% of the EMJM and Consortium grants for woman students. Similarly, the FRP++ will secure 5% of the EMJM and Consortium grants for students with special educational needs.
Applications for the academic year 2023/2024 will open soon.
There will be three compulsory and one optional physical student mobility: i) 1st mobility – coursework (Mandatory); ii) 2nd mobility – Integration Week (Mandatory); iii) 3rd mobility – dissertation (Mandatory); iv) 4th mobility – FRP++ Workshop (Optional). While the Integration Week is financially supported by the Consortium, the students may need to support the physical presence at FRP++ Workshop – optionally they can also participate virtually (the participation is Mandatory either physical or virtual). However, local sponsors will be perused to, at least, support partially the costs.
- The first call is opened to all students of any nationality. Every eligible application submitted to the FRP++ Master programme within this deadline is automatically considered also as an application to an Erasmus+ scholarship and Consortium scholarship.
- Applications deadline: January 31, 2023 at 23:59 (UTC – Coordinated Universal Time) – You can download the sample application form HERE. Please note that applications must be made on our application form, available below.
- Notification of the best ranked preselected students for the interview: March 20, 2023.
- Interviews: March 20 to 24, 2023.
- Notification of the Application’s admission: until March 31, 2023.
- The second call is opened to all students of any nationality. Every eligible application submitted to the FRP++ Master programme within this deadline is automatically considered also as an application to a Consortium scholarship (if available).
- Applications deadline: June 15, 2023 at 23:59 (UTC – Coordinated Universal Time).
- Interviews (if applicable): June 19 to 23, 2023.
- Notification of the Application’s admission: June 30, 2023.
- The third call is opened to all students of any nationality. Every eligible application submitted to the FRP++ Master programme within this deadline is automatically considered also as an application to a Consortium scholarship (if available).
- Applications deadline: July 15, 2023 at 23:59 (UTC – Coordinated Universal Time).
- Interviews (if applicable): July 24 to 26, 2023.
- Notification of the Application’s admission: July 31, 2023.
Any selected applicant must bear in mind that, the confirmation of acceptance by the student implies automatically that other interested applicants will not be able to join the Master, as the number of applicants is much larger than the number of vacancies.
Therefore, the FRP++ Consortium will request to all selected students the payment of a deposit of 250 Euro to confirm their acceptance of the enrolment in the Master Course.
This deposit will be returned to students only if they register at the University. The only purpose of this measure is to avoid filling up the Master Course places with students that will not finally participate and that will compromise the enrolment of other interested students.
The admission requirements for students wishing to enrol in the FRP++ Master Course are a degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical and/or Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Polymers Engineering or related fields or equivalent qualifications. Students are expected to have a higher education degree with a minimum of:
- Bachelor and/or Master degree(s) with 300 ECTS-credit points (typically equivalent to a graduation with a total of 5 years of studies).
Note: this requirement becomes a mandatory for all students whose mobility track includes UNINA;
- Bachelor degree(s) with 240 ECTS-credit points (typically equivalent to a graduation with a total of 4 years of studies);
Students need to be proficient in English.
Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates:
- TOEFL certificate paper based (minimum score 525);
- TOEFL certificate internet based (minimum score 72);
- IELTS certificate (academic version, minimum score 6.5);
- Other recognized language proficiency certificates.
The language proficiency certificate must be less than 3 years old.
If you do not have an official English proficiency certificate but consider that your English knowledge is enough to enrol in the English taught Master programme, you may still apply anyway. A relevant declaration/proof should be attached anyway in the application form in the field “other recognized language proficiency certificate”. Please consider that if you opt to not submit an official English proficiency certificate this may determine a lower score during the evaluation process. In case an applicant not having submitted a recognized English certificate reaches an eligibility position for scholarship or enrolment, an interview will be scheduled for verification and validation of the claimed English skills, to assess the validity of the score attributed.
Admission is made on a competitive basis; the students are assessed on the basis of their previous academic records.
Students who have not completed their degree but predict to graduate before July 31, 2023, can apply to the Master course and receive a grant. If selected, their admission will be conditional on the receipt of the degree diploma by the MSc Secretariat before July 31, 2023.
Upon application, students must provide:
- Letter of motivation between 1500 and 3500 characters (spaces included);
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae in European format (see instructions here);
- Certificates and diplomas from previous universities studies;
- Transcripts of records including grades and course syllabus from previous university studies;
- English proficiency certificates;
- Certificates of relevant work experience and other professional certificates, if any;
- Two recommendation letters (sent by the applicant directly through the application portal);
- Proof of residence (issued within 12 months before the submission deadline) – only for the first call;
- Special educational needs evidenced by a report from a specialist doctor and/or, in specific cases, describing the type of special educational need and its impact for the demands of the FRP++/involved Partners setting.
Admission is subjected to the approval of the FRP++ Managing Board and is based upon the applicant’s ability and motivation, recommendation letters and language skills.
RANKING OF APPLICANTS
The selection procedure is divided in two stages: i) Academic evaluation of the candidate’s curriculum based on the information provided by the applicants through the online application system; ii) Interview to the best ranked preselected students, to be carried out by videoconference.
The academic evaluation of the candidate’s curriculum is based on the following criteria:
- Previous higher education studies;
- Content of the previous studies / quality of the institution;
- Relevant work experience;
- Recommendation letters;
- Motivation letter;
- Additional information (publications, awards, etc.).
The language of instruction and the language of examinations is English. Courses (including course material), examinations and study counselling are available in English only.
Students are also encouraged to attend one national language and culture course (Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian or French).
The tuition fee for the FRP++ programme is 9,000 Euro. This covers the administrative costs of the programme (registration, enrolment, subscription, administrative support, access to faculty and university services, the organisation of the case studies, the thesis defence, and other expenditures directly linked to the organisation of the course) and the health insurance.
Participation costs only cover administrative fees and the academic costs of the programme. They do not include costs for living, housing and travel.
The cost of living is variable, depending on the course location. On average terms, minimum monthly expenses, excluding accommodation, are about (information collected from www.numbeo.com):
- 600 Euro in Guimarães (Portugal)
- 700 Euro in Girona (Spain)
- 750 Euro in Naples (Italy)
- 850 Euro in Toulouse (France)
The accommodation cost is also very variable and, on average, maybe in the range of 300 to 400 Euro.
Therefore, the student is strongly advised to perform a careful economic survey about all the costs involved prior decide to enroll in the EMJM FRP++.
The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (www.em-a.eu) are envisaged to assist prospective and new Erasmus Mundus students throughout the whole period of their involvement with the Erasmus Mundus Master programme.
Student’s Guides to assist FRP++ applicants and students are available here: