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Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories

The European Master for Laboratory Accreditation

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Edition 2013-2015
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The Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories (EMQAL) is a master's course for laboratory managers and scientists who wish to implement and manage quality systems in analytical laboratories, or work in a quality system environment in accredited analytical laboratories.

After ten years of running as an Erasmus Mundus Master's Course, EMQAL was in 2019 reevaluated and reselected by the European Commission for Erasmus Mundus funding.

In the 2019 call, EMQAL was one of only 44 programs to be selected for Erasmus Mundus funding. As a result, EMQAL is again able to offer Erasmus Mundus grants to students and scholars. Fundiong has been awarded for four intakes, starting in 2020. The last intake in this funding period will be in 2023, and these students will graduate in 2025.

This third phase of EMQAL is coordinated by the University of Bergen.

The master is offered by a consortium of five European universities:

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

EMQAL has more than 50 associate partners. These including several higher education institutions, private and public companies, accredited laboratories and research centers. The Partner Institutions section includes details anout the partners. 

The programme duration is 24 months, which corresponds to 120 ECTS. The first year (60 ECTS) consists of 30 theoretical and practical modules taught at one of the partner universities. The second year involves a research project and a three month internship in an accridted laboratory or a laboratory with an implemented quality management system. The activities undertaken are summarixed in a master's thesis. 

In the first year, classes take place at a host university. Classes are taught by specialists from all the partner institutions, as well as invited scholars. The role of host university rotates among the partners of the Consortium.

The main language of instruction is English. The university hosting the first year also offers an intensive local language school prior to the programme, as well as the opportunity of local language training during the course.

For the current EMQAL edition the host institution is the University of Bergen, Norway. This edition was delayed to January 2021 due to covid-19, and classes lasts throughout 2021. To complete the master's programme, the students must travel to another partner university in a different country to do the research project and an internship. This means travelling to Poland, Portugal or Spain. Parts of the resarch project may be spent with our associated partners as longs as the mobility scheme of the Erasmus Mundus is adhered to.


After graduation, a European Joint Master Degree in Quality in Analytical Laboratories is awarded by the partner universities of the consortium. Details of the modules, internship and research project undertaken by the student are given in a diploma supplement.


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Last update: 28.03.2017
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