TEMA+ European Territories: Heritage and Development is a two-year (120 ECTS), bilingual (English and French) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program (EMJMD), involving five universities from the EU and Canada. The TEMA+ Consortium is coordinated from ELTE and formed by the École des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS), the University of Catania (UNICT), the Charles University, Prague (CUNI), and the Laval University from Canada (UL) in cooperation with the European Heritage Label (EHL) and different UNESCO offices.
The goal of this program is to provide a better understanding of the growing presence and importance of cultural heritage in a European context by applying a multinational, interdisciplinary approach. Over the past decade, academics have started recognizing the importance and impact of European cultural heritage on identity and contemporary culture. For this reason, the consortium has commonly decided to use its expertise to develop a new interdisciplinary program and curriculum and to create the first European joint master program on European Heritage Studies that connects the academic fields of Social Sciences and Humanities.
This program is recommended to applicants (EU and non-EU) who speak English and French, are interested in studying in an international environment and having acquired a first degree (BA/BSc /180 ECTS/ in History, Geography, Philosophy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Architecture, Nationalism Studies, International Relations, Law, Economy, Administration, or related fields). The TEMA+ offers not only a unique international atmosphere but also prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships to the best-ranked European and non-European student applicants. The Erasmus Mundus scholarships include student participation costs, a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance (1 000 EUR per month) for the entire duration of the EMJMD study program.
This program enables students to study at least at two partner universities, get a double or multiple degrees (MA degrees in Social Sciences and Humanities) and to start a career in cultural heritage, administration, urban planning, and research.
The mobility tracks of the students are divided among the coordinating institution (Semester 1) and the four partner universities (CUNI, EHESS, UNICT, UL) for Semester 2-3-4, during which they do an obligatory internship at the associated members of the Consortium. Subjects include European cultural heritage, urban studies, urban anthropology, European integration, history, and policy-making. The Consortium awards the TEMA+ graduates with double or multiple degrees (depending on the student’s mobility track) along with a diploma supplement, all accredited on a national level. A Diploma Supplement describing personal curriculum contents is delivered.
Strength of program
The TEMA+ provides a program that none of the existing Master's degree in cultural heritage can offer. TEMA+ offers a new both theory and practice-based interdisciplinary and bilingual training, in which students will be able to become both scholars of European Heritage as well as practicing experts. TEMA+ will create a solid foundation for the concept of European Heritage, increase the diversity and quality of the European Higher Education Area, create a valuable exchange of European and non-European perspectives regarding heritage, and constitute an academically excellent and truly innovative EMJMD. TEMA+ students can participate in a unique educative and research program both in Europe and in North- America, which links the elements of contemporary heritage-based identity constructions with its innovative analysis based on an interdisciplinary methodology.
The new TEMA+ builds upon the large joint network of the consortium members and the expertise of its academic staff and creates a real bridge between the academic study of European cultural heritage and its practical application in related institutions worldwide. Each consortium member has strong expertise in history as well as in the social sciences that constitute the basic elements in their individual teaching and research activities.
Thus, with such a multicultural and interdisciplinary study program, students may gain a lot of transversal skills. TEMA+ teaching puts emphasis on the strengthening of communicational skills (organizing debates and academic presentation) and of critical thinking. Due to the various practical exercises during seminars and internships and to regular meetings with non-academic partners, the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, of decision making and problem-solving may also rise.
The bilingual nature of the program is especially relevant in the field of heritage studies where English and French are both commonly used, in particular within the EU and within UNESCO. In this way, TEMA+ is further able to prepare its students fully for further career or doctorate studies within the field of heritage.
TEMA+ graduates will have two or three diplomas, which is certainly a great asset in the labor market as well. The TEMA+ aims to provide qualifications for entry into the professions in the area of European Heritage, in local, regional, national and territorial administration, in urban planning and research institutions, related to heritage and identity. TEMA+ students will be able to become both scholars of European Heritage as well as practicing experts. TEMA+ is further able to prepare its students fully for a further career or doctorate studies within the field of heritage.
Expert in Heritage, Researcher of European Heritage, Expert in Social and Urban Development, Historian, Social Scientist, any professions in the area of European Heritage, in local, regional, national and territorial administration.
Note: The same admission requirements apply to European and third-country students.
The selection is based on academic excellence and proficiency in English and in French.
The TEMA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course accepts candidates with various academic backgrounds and degrees (BA/MA, eventually Ph.D.), and is dedicated to foster lifelong learning. The TEMA+ welcomes students at the Master level who have obtained a first higher education degree, a master’s degree or demonstrate a recognized equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices in the degree awarding countries.
The TEMA+ is open to excellent Programme and Partner Country students having acquired a first degree (BA/BSc /180 ECTS/) or a master’s degree (MA/MSc/120 ECTS) in History, Geography, Philosophy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Nationalism Studies, International Relations, Law, Economy, Administration, or related fields.
In case of obtaining the diploma only after the deadline of application, it is possible to send its certified copy later. Nevertheless, in this case, the candidate has to provide in the application package an official certificate from his / her university testifying the studies and also has to indicate the precise date of getting the diploma. The same rules apply for language test results.
The applicant has to choose a research subject in accordance with the TEMA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course's curriculum. Possible research themes are indicated on the website of TEMA+ www.mastertema.eu.
No work experience is required for admission to TEMA+ EMJMD. However, professional experience in a field related to the Master Course is an asset.
- A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2):
- First language (English or French): C1, Second language (English or French): B2
- A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2):
- First language (English or French): C1, Second language (English or French): B2
As the TEMA+ EMJMD is provided in English and in French, proficiency in these languages is a must. To apply, the candidates must dispose of a language certificate of both from English and French: one of them must be of an advanced level and the other may be of a more elementary level, which can be also set out by the candidate's university or department. The level of English proficiency should be at least C1, using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale. The following English language tests are accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge. The level of knowledge in the French language should be above B1. The following language tests are accepted: DELF, TCF.
The TEMA+ Consortium does not require a language test certificate from applicants:
- Whose native language is either English or French,
- Holding a diploma/degree delivered by a college, high school or higher education institution (such as A levels, baccalaureate, BA/BSc, etc.) in which the language of instruction is English or French,
- Who have FLE (teaching French as a foreign language) or TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification.
Applicants holding a certificate in English or in French that is nationally recognized in their country must request validation of it by the TEMA+ Secretariat. However, national certificates must be at least of advanced level and evidence the holder's both oral and written skills. Knowledge of other European languages, especially Italian, Czech or Hungarian is an asset.
Documents to submit with the application
- Bachelor-level degree
with a certified translation, if the language of the diploma is not English, French, Italian, Czech or Hungarian
- Master-level degree
If the applicant wishes to do a second MA Degree), with a certified translation, if the language of the diploma is not English, French, Italian, Czech or Hungarian
- Transcript of records
with a certified translation, if the language of diploma is not English, French, Italian, Czech or Hungarian
- A CV (in English or in French, applicants can download the online CV form from www.mastertema.eu)
- Motivation letter (in English or in French (approximately 3000 characters including spaces))
- Research plan (in English or in French (approx. 15.000 characters including spaces and a selective bibliography of 12 works, applicants can download the how to write a research plan manual from www.mastertema.eu)
- Letter of recommendation
two references in English or in French in a sealed and signed envelope, applicants can download the online form from www.mastertema.eu
- Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
copy of passport or ID card (students from Schengen countries), with the validity end date.
- Passport photo
- Tuition fee
The students involved in TEMA+ EMJMD pay tuition fees, including a full medical cover. The Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers fully the tuition fee for the entire duration of the program. The tuition fee per semester is 3.000 € (three thousand euros) for Partner Country students and 1.500 € (one thousand five hundred euros) for Programme Country students. A fee-waiver policy has been set up with respect to equality issues, in order to support socio-economically disadvantaged, but highly skilled students.
- Language certificate (in English and in French, applicants can download the language assessment grid from www.mastertema.eu)
- Other: Completed application form for TEMA+ (signed and dated, applicants can download it from www.mastertema.eu)
- Other: Certificate of residence in line with the provisions of the municipality where the student is registered and/or a certificate confirming the place of employment or study/training, issued by the employer or the institution where the student studies/finished his/her studies
- Other: Copy of any other diploma and language tests (if there are any)
The application starts on the TEMA+ program website. Application deadline for student intake 2018-2020 with Erasmus Mundus scholarship is 31 March 2018 and 17 June 2018 for self-funded students. Candidates have to follow the instructions on the TEMA+ website, upload their documents through the online application system and send the application package with the hard copy to the address of the TEMA Secretariat+ in Budapest:
- TEMA+ Secretariat
- ELTE BTK Atelier, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 6-8. I. 132. Hungary
Both packages include the same documents.
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