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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
the upcoming EMQAL edition the host institution will be the University
of Bergen, Norway. This intake is in 2020, and classes lasts until
Summer 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.