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Master Programmes in Europe (2007-2009)

Master Programmes in Europe

The project Lifelong Learning and Universities in Practice (LLLUP) was developed by the European University Association (EUA) in order to explore the development of European Master degrees and their contribution to lifelong learning. By presenting good practice and identifying issues which require special attention, this study fills the existing information gap and supports universities in their attempts to adjust to new challenges.

Project objectives

•    To assess and demonstrate the mould of the European Master degrees and contribute to enhancing its transparency
•    To gauge how universities, through the provision of Master level study programmes, are adjusting to lifelong learning demands
•    To stimulate institutional, national and European discussion of key challenges in developing Master degrees and universities’ contribution to lifelong learning
•    To develop recommendations of how to develop further the Master degree
•    To disseminate and highlight the final results of the project through a printed report, website and a conference.

Methodology and means

The results of the project are based on 2500 questionnaire responses from HEIs, academics, students and employers, 9 case studies and extensive desk research. The surveys and case studies were designed to provide a picture of various states of play in the second cycle in Europe and to look at the possible changes in the provision of the Master programmes since the introduction of the Bologna degree system.


To read more about the results of the project, please download the summary and key recommendations of the EUA Survey on Master Degrees in Europe or download the full report .

Contact details of the project coordinator

Michael Gaebel, Project Officer,


Supported by:

The project is carried out with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

European University Association (EUA)

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Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

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