The EMMC ChIR – Erasmus Mundus Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation – provides professionals with all the tools and knowledge needed from the scientific, the regulatory and the economic point of view to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly and to meet responsibilities over chemical legislation worldwide.

As an Erasmus Mundus project, ChIR aims to promote research and collaboration in the EHEA supporting the implementation of chemical safety regulations.

Minimim Admission Requirements

The Master’s degree is designed to provide additional education or training in the student’s specialized branch of knowledge. The minimum requirements for admission to the Masters are:

1) Strong Academic Background in appropriate disciplines

A “strong academic background” in appropriate disciplines means candidates must hold a high education diploma issued by a competent High Education authority attesting the completion of a degree equivalent to a 1st cycle (180 ECTS), in a field where Chemistry plays an important role. This may be a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Clinical Analysis, Medicine, etc.

2) Demonstrated command of the English language

A “demonstrated command of English” means the candidate must prove he/she can understand, speak and write English proficiently enough to take the majority of modules, which are taught in English.

Possible examples include:

Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL scores paper 575 / computer 232
Internet based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT™ ) total score 94
International English Language Testing System, IELTS scores 6.5
General Certificate of Education, GCSE, AS Level, A Level
Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, CPE, Level 4-5
Oxford Higher Certificate, International Certificate Conference (ICC Stage 3 Technical)
In case the candidate cannot present an official test of English language in time for the deadline for applications, he/she may take the self-test included in the online application. A minimum classification of B2 is required in all fields.

In case of selection, candidates who only took the self-test will be interviewed. The interview will have the objective of confirming the self-test of English proficiency presented in the application. In case the interview shows the proficiency is below what was stated in the application, the application will be cancelled.

3) Adequate financial resources

When you apply there is no guarantee that you will be considered for an ERASMUS or ERASMUS MUNDUS studentship so you should be fully aware of the financial costs of the programme. All candidates must take the financial aspects in consideration when applying. The studentships are extremely competitive and only the very best students in a field of many excellent applicants will be awarded the studentships.

You should indicate clearly if you are relying on ERASMUS MUNDUS or other studentships to finance your study.
Before final acceptance, candidates who were not awarded a studentship will be required to submit a Guarantee of full financial support for the duration of the studies. The University needs to know that you have sufficient funds to cover the entire period of study. This document must be signed by whomever is meeting your university expenses. It may also have to be certified by a bank or lawyer. Keep a copy of this form since you may also need it to apply for your student visa. Please note, however, that the university will issue the relevant certificate of eligibility for a student visa only if you are able to document fully your source(s) of income.

Eligibility Criteria for Erasmus+ candidates:

If you are applying for an ERASMUS+ / Erasmus Mundus Course grant, additional eligibility criteria apply:

Individuals who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus Master studentship are not eligible for a second ERASMUS+ studentship in order to follow ChIR.

One individual may apply only to a maximum of three Erasmus+ Joint Master courses at the same time. Candidates who do not comply with this rule may have their applications cancelled by the EACEA.

ERASMUS plus Studentships

Each year the European Commission provides a limited number of grants (ERASMUS+ studentships) for selected students.

ERASMUS+ studentships for EMMC-ChIR total from 35000€ to 49 000€, depending on the student’s country of origin.

The studentship covers:

  1. The participation costs for the whole EMMC-ChIR course (including tuition fees for all the universities of the consortium)
  2. Travel and installation costs, depending on the country of origin of the student:
  3. resident of a Programme Country: 2000€
  4. resident of a Partner Country located less than 4000 km away from Portugal: 5000€
  5. resident of a Partner Country located 4000 km or more away from Portugal: 7000€
  6. A monthly allowance of 1000€ /month, for 24 months (only for months with mobility outside the student’s country of residence)

Residents of a Partner Country: 18000€ for the 24 months course.
Residents of a Programme Country: 9000€ for the 24 months course.

If you don’t know wether your country is a Programme Country or a Partner Country, find out here!

Payment of the tuition fees cover, for all students:

  1. registration costs;
  2. access to EMMC-ChIR classes in a personalized study plan of 60 ECTS credits;
  3. access to optional extra-curricular modules within the EMMC-ChIR course up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits;
  4. supervision of a research project thesis of 60 ECTS;
  5. access to all campus facilities of the universities in the consortium, including wireless internet access in the campus, computing facilities, library, laboratories; student canteens, etc;
  6. access to study materials in electronic (pdf) form;
  7. costs of Joint Diploma and Diploma Supplement issuing;
  8. costs of issuing of one copy of a final certificate of conclusion;
  9. an extended Erasmus Mundus insurance policy, valid in all countries of the consortium.

In addition, for Category A students, participation costs covers:

  • help and support traveling to Europe and applying for a passport visa;
  • reservation of accommodation in student residences on arrival to Europe.

Tuition fees DO NOT COVER:

ERASMUS+ grant holders pay the totality of the tuition fees upon registration in the host university.
Non-ERASMUS+ grant holders will be granted a fee waiver of 2000€ per year. The resulting tuition fees will be 7000€/year for residents of a Partner Country and 3000€ per year for residents of a Programme Country.

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