Awarded degree

To be awarded the MSc Degree the student must have passed successfully all courses at Grade A to E, under the ECTS scheme. Students can be awarded the MSc Degree with distinction according to the regulations of each Partner University. Considering these regulations, the JPB will propose distinctions by consensus which, once ratified by the UAB involved, will be awarded to the student.

Degree recognition

The MER+ EMJMD has been conceived as the intensification of the Environment specialisation officially recognised within the MER EMMC programme and hence additional actions are not needed to ensure its accreditation and official recognition.

Thus, the MER+ EMJMD programme is fully integrated within the accredited national degree catalogues of the HEIs partners from Programme Countries:

  • In Spain, the “Máster Universitario Erasmus Mundus en Medio Ambiente y Recursos Marinos / Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources (Specialisation in Marine Environment)” is registered as Joint MSc of UPV/EHU, SOTON, UBx and ULiège (Accreditation N. 4314431, Official Gazette BOE 33, 07/02/2014; Official Study Plan published in BOPV 82, 05/05/2014
  • In SOTON the degree awarded is “Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources” and it is registered officially as “Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources” in UK.
  • In France, it is registered officially as “Master Sciences de la Mer, parcours Marine Environnement and Ressources”.
  • In ULiège the degree awarded is also “Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources” and it is registered officially as Master en “Océanographie, à finalité (MER)” in the French Community of Belgium (Decree 7/11/2013; N. 201302962520 of 13-12-18).

The Joint MER+ EMJMD programme is recognised by the 4 universities that comprise the MER consortium. Common criteria have been agreed for this purpose. Relevant aspects such as the mobility scheme, academic and administrative procedures, and consortium management will remain substantially unaltered whilst the minor modifications in the syllabus and updates in competences, skills and learning outcomes required to evolve from MER EMMC to MER+ EMJMD are reflected in new annexes to the MoU.

As such, the degree is fully recognised by each Partner and integrated in their courses/degree catalogues. In the UPV/EHU, it is integrated in the Knowledge Area of Environment, together with another 5 local masters programmes; in ULiège it is included amongst the 7 international masters offered; in UBx it is offered as the international counterpart of their national master in Oceanography. In SOTON, MER+ is the only 2 yr programme of the 5 postgraduate marine science taught degrees offered.

Type of degree awarded

  • Joint Diploma: UPV/EHU, SOTON and ULiège will deliver a Joint Diploma issued by UPV/EHU. Graduates will receive a Joint Diploma from either EHU-SOTON, EHU-ULiège, or EHU-ULiège-SOTON (Joint Degree), depending on the study pathway. The Joint MSc Degree Diploma is issued by the Coordinating Partner University on behalf of all Partner Universities, is granted by them, in recognition of a single body of work and incorporates all logos of the Partner Universities. EHU, Soton and ULg follow existing national regulations and procedures needed to officially register each graduate’s individual diploma in their respective country.
  • Doble Diploma: A separate parallel Diploma (Double degree) is issued by UBx for students following pathway A1.

European diploma supplement

A single common Joint European Diploma Supplement will be delivered, that will detail the mobility path, the institutions involved and all the courses (with competences, skills and marks) followed during this mobility.

The Diploma Supplement is aimed to improve international transparency and to facilitate the academic and professional recognition of qualifications. The DS corresponds to the standard European document issued, alongside the degree certificate, to provide a detailed description of the qualification.