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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Water and Coastal Management



Co-funded by the
Erasmus+ Programme
of the European Union

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PLEASE NOTE:  All official communications will be sent to the Applicant institutional account @studio.unibo.it.

Application call CLOSED. DEADLINE: 21 February 2018 by 12:00 (UTC+1 CET — Central European Time)

  • First Call for Applications (22 December 2017 — 21* February 2018) to enter the selection for Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) EU Funded Scholarship for the Academic Year 2018/2019.
  • Second Call for Applications to enter the selection without the EU-funded scholarships (EMJMD): from 2 May 2018 to 31 May 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATION CLOSED. Second Call for Applications to enter the selection without the EU-funded scholarships (EMJMD): from 2 May 2018 to 31 May 2018

*Apply by 12:00 (UTC+1 CET — Central European Time)


Targeted Students

WACOMA is open to students holding a suitable 1st Cycle/Bachelor Degree. Candidates with solid background in subjects related to Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Biology and Chemistry, and Environmental Monitoring and Management possess the basis for a positive evaluation.

NOTE: Students holding a Bachelor Degree in other subjects may apply. The Academic Board will reserve the right to consider, assess and evaluate the Academic background of the applicant for admission to the selection procedure.

Students from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are welcome to apply to the program.

Tuition fees · participation costs

WACOMA Participation costs are 9,000 € per year for students from Partner Countries and 4,500 € per year for students from Programme Countries. Participation costs include: tuition fees, administrative costs (e.g., enrolment and registration fees in at least 2 universities, student card, access to services for students, welcome and orientation week/day, administrative costs), organization of Mobility tracks, participation to WACOMA winter schools and full insurance coverage.

For EMJMD Scholarship Holders, participation costs are covered by the EMJMD Scholarship (paid directly to the Consortium, not to students).

Students will be required to sign a Student Agreement where all relevant terms and conditions will be detailed.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

  • Application call CLOSED. First Call for Applications by 21 February 2018 by 12:00 (UTC+1 CET) to enter the selection for Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) EU Funded Scholarship for the Academic Year 2018/2019.

For 3 years, every academic year, 20/22 EMJMD WACOMA scholarships will be funded by the European Union will be offered to candidates based on their results from the admission process, subject to EMJMD nationality/geographical restrictions.

Description of Components of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarships

  Partner Country* students scholarships Programme Country** students scholarships
  *Partner Countries: other countries which are not considered as Programme Countries. **Programme Countries: member states of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the program (study and research/internship) held in their country of residence.
  Note: special conditions apply to students from Partner Countries who have formerly lived in a Programme Countries (see FAQ for details).
Contribution to travel and installation Depending on the Country and the distance
Contribution to the participation costs (including insurance coverage) 9,000 € per year 4,500 € per year
Contribution to subsistence costs 1,000 € per month (24 months maximum)

Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for periods they spend in their Country of residence.

Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to Partner Country scholarship holders for periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Partner Country.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships depend both on nationality and residency. Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

“The 12 month rule” When determining the contribution to participation costs, the Consortium defines the student category - either Programme country or Partner country.  The definition of the student category depends on his/her nationality and on whether the student resided in a Programme country (for studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years before applying (applicable only to students with Partner country nationality).


All students supported by the EMJMD Scholarship will be provided health insurance according to Erasmus+ guidelines. The insurance covers the scholarship holder’s stay at consortium universities as well as the internship/research period, both in Programme and Partner Countries.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships, aid and benefits for students. Economic support for Italian and international students. Check HERE the opportunities: grants, prizes and incentives offered by the University of Bologna. Check HERE for suggestions about other opportunities.

  • Second call for application to enter the selection without the EU-funded scholarships (EMJMD): from 2 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. The same admission requirements and selection criteria apply.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • holding a suitable first cycle/undergraduate/bachelor degree*
  • having excellent and adequate academic and scientific background and personal skills. Please use the Application Form and CV samples (see the downloadable PDF files below and online application).
  • proof of English language proficiency – B2**. Please attach any relevant certificate and use the English Proficiency Statement form (see the downloadable PDF file below and online application).

*WACOMA is open to students holding a suitable Bachelor Degree in subjects related to the focus of the Master, e.g. Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology, Geology, Natural Sciences, Chemical Oceanography, Physics/Oceanography, Environmental Management.

Non graduate students can apply provided they upload an official document issued by the University of origin stating the estimated date of graduation that shall take place before the beginning of the Programme (by August each year).

**Accepted English language certificates and exemptions:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); iBT total score of at least 90, with a minimum sub score of 21 for each part of the test.
  • IELTS (academic version); total score of at least 6.5, with a minimum sub score of 6.0 for each part of the test, i.e., speaking, writing, reading and listening.
  • The University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or the University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English.
  • Applicants with full education in English (certified by the Academic Institution issuing the BA) are exempt from the English language requirement proof.
  • Applicants from English-speaking countries (Official Language) and First Cycle education in English are exempt from the English language requirement proof.

NOTE: In case the applicant does not fully meet the abovementioned English Requirement, the Academic Board will reserve the right to consider, assess and evaluate whether the documents provided are suitable for admission to the selection procedure or not. If so, please be informed that the English proficiency criteria would not be taken into account to sum up to 10% weight of the total score (see SELECTION CRITERIA).

NOTE: Students at Master level can apply to a maximum of three different EMJMD Programmes.
(see the EMJMD catalogue website available under the following LINK)

How to apply


Applicants shall complete the online registration and upload all the necessary documents by the deadlines on Studenti Online (www.studenti.unibo.it).

You can save and return to your WACOMA application as many times as you like before submitting, just make sure to save once you have completed the application procedure. Only complete applications will be assessed.

Applicants will be requested to upload:

  1. copy of Diploma, Official Academic Transcript of Records with Grades and Syllabus of previous studies [mandatory]
  2. proof of English language proficiency (attach certificate or use the form) [mandatory]
  3. students Application Form (use form) [mandatory]
  4. CV (use sample) [mandatory]
  5. copy of Passport (all pages) [mandatory]
  6. 2 reference letters (addressed to the WACOMA Consortium) [mandatory]
  7. other supporting Documents [recommended]

The Academic Board may as well request to have an online (Skype) interview with candidates. In case a candidate is invited to sit an interview, the interview will become part of the process and will therefore be mandatory.


  • Download WACOMA English Proficiency Statement form
  • Download WACOMA Students Application form
  • Download WACOMA Students Application Form_checklist
  • Download WACOMA CV template
  • Download WACOMA Reference letters guidelines
Appropriate Academic background and Excellence 60%
CV, Professional and/or Research experience, Personal Statement, Reference Letters 30%
English Proficiency 10%
TOTAL 100%

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Selection Procedure

Quality assessment of the candidates applications will be jointly performed by the three WACOMA Consortium Universities (Academic Board).

A final ranked list of candidates, based on all obtained points, will be produced. A main list containing the top applications will be submitted to the European Commission for scholarship approval. The applicants receive a preliminary notification of results. The scholarship applicants on the main list and reserve list receive the final results of their applications after the Consortium has received the final approval on selection from the European Commission. Confirmation of awards under the Geographical Windows scheme may be later.

Eligibility Check

All applications are subject to an eligibility check which covers all aspects of the application: respect of the application deadline, completeness of the application file, eligibility of the candidate in relation to the Erasmus Mundus criteria. Applicants who fail to provide necessary documentation by the appropriate deadline will be excluded from the application procedure and will be informed of the specific reason for ineligibility.

Appeal Procedure

All candidates will be notified of the decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee by email. Candidates who do not secure an Erasmus Mundus scholarship and who wish to appeal the decision of the Wacoma Consortium must do so in writing by email within 2 weeks (14 days) from the point of notification. The email subject heading should contain the words "EMJMD WACOMA Scholarship Appeal". The reasons for the appeal must be clearly stated in the email.

WACOMA Scholars/Guest Lecturers Call for Application Academic Year 2018-2019

The call for application is open until 29 June 2018.
Please, return the form below by email to the address wacoma@unibo.it.
Applicants will receive confirmation that the application has been received. The applications will be evaluated by the WACOMA Consortium Academic Board- Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their candidature and funding by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme as soon as possible, no later than 16 July 2018.
Application form


Last update: 1 Jul 2018

Main objectives and expected outputs

Winter School


Thesis Research

Examinations, re-sit possibilities and evaluation grid


Final Degree awarded and Diploma Supplement


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