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Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories

The European Master for Laboratory Accreditation

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The Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories (EMQAL) is a master course for laboratory managers and scientists who wish to implement and manage Quality Systems in analytical laboratories, or work in Quality System environments in accredited analytical laboratories.

After five years of running as an Erasmus Mundus Master Course (EMMC), the EMQAL was once again evaluated and selected by the European Commission for Erasmus Mundus funding.

From 177 applications submitted in 2012, 30 EMMC were selected for their excellency for Erasmus Mundus funding. As a result, the EMQAL will be able to offer Erasmus Mundus grants to students and scholars for an additional period of 5 years, 2013-2018.

The second phase of EMQAL will be coordinated by the University of Barcelona.

The master is offered by a Consortium of five European universities and three non-EU universities:

  • University of Barcelona (Spain, ES) - coordinator
  • University of Algarve (Portugal, PT)
  • University of Bergen (Norway, NO)
  • University of Cadiz (Spain, ES)
  • Gdansk University of Technology (Poland, PL)


  • Central South University (China)
  • Novosibirsk National Research State University (Russian Federation)
  • University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

and ca. 25 Associate Partners, including several higher education institutions, both private and public companies, accredited laboratories and research centers (see Partner Institutions section).

The programme duration is 24 months (120 ECTS), consisting of a 1 year (60 ECTS) taught course and a 1 year Project and Thesis (60 ECTS). The main language of instruction is English. Each university also offers an intensive language school prior to the programme, as well as the opportunity of local language training during the course.

In the first year, classes take place in the Host Institution, and are lectured by specialists from all the partner institutions. The Host university rotates among the European partners of the Consortium.

In 2017/2018 academic year, the host institution will be the University of Cádiz (Cádiz, Spain). In the second academic year 2018/2019, and for completing the master degree, students must gain 60 of their credits (Research Master Thesis) in a second participating university of a different country: Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain (only partially). Some students may complete part of their research thesis in Central South University (CSU), Novosibirsk National Research State University (NSU) or University of Sao Paulo (USP). Part of the Master Thesis can be done in some of the Associated Partner institutions, inside a mobility scheme according to the Erasmus Mundus rules.


The final Qualification obtained is a European Joint Master Degree in Quality in Analytical Laboratories which is awarded by the European universities that the student visited as part of the ERASMUS MUNDUS programme. Details of the modules and research projects that were followed by the students are given in a Diploma Supplement.


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Last update: 28.03.2017
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