Structure and calendar of the SESyM Master programme

The SESyM Master will follow the time schedule below:

  • Core: starts in September/early October, ends by the end of January
  • Specialisation: starts at the latest mid- February, ends at the end of May/beginning of June.
  • Project: last six months, starts in June, ends by the end of November or early December.
Application Procedure
  1. Applicants nominate a choice of Provider for both the Core and the Specialisation, bearing in mind that these should preferably be attended indifferent countries.
  2. The minimum entrance criteria are a background in economics,social sciences, management or studies providing a systemic point of view. A selection of possible subjects has been established: Economics, environmental sciences/engineering, social sciences, political sciences, international business, managerial engineering, architecture. Admission of students with a different Bachelor’s degree will be decided by the University after assessment of equivalence. The criteria may be waived for Applicants with relevant work experience deemed equivalent to the academic admission requirements. All candidates must satisfy the language requirements of their chosen Core Provider and meet a minimum standard of English.
  3. There is no age limit on Applicants.
  4. From the pool of Applicants, the core University selects applicants to whom they wish to send an Offer Letter, and, if necessary, stipulate any conditions that the Applicant must fulfil in order to take up his/her place.
Tuition Fee
  1. The registration fee is non refundable. The 1st instalment is non refundable once students have started core classes. The 2nd instalment is non refundable once students have started specialisation classes.
  2. Failure of payment within the deadlines stated in the offer letter leads the Student to be taken off the course, and not being permitted to take his/her exams.
Changes and cancellations of core and/or specialisation courses
  1. The Steering Committee reserves the right not to run the entire SESyM Master programme. In this case, students are fully refunded for any tuition fee already paid.
  2. Specialisation changes and offer of specialisations:
    • Students are allowed to request for a change of their specialisation until 15 October.Later change requests will not be granted.
    • The Steering Committee reserves the right not to run a particular Specialisation up to end of July of the Academic Year. Any Students that have requested this Specialisation will be offered an alternative Specialisation.
    • The Steering Committee reserves the right not to allow a Specialisation change. The motivated decision is notified to the student.
  3. Core changes are not permitted once a student has registered for the course.
Each student must study at least one Course Section in a different country from the other two.
The Project
  1. Arranging the projectThe student is encouraged to arrange his/her own Project. The Project should complement the knowledge that the Student has gained during his/her Specialisation, so, if necessary, the relevant Specialisation Provider should offer assistance to the Student in finding a Project. If despite the best efforts of the Student and Specialisation Provider, a suitable Project is not found, the Core Provider shall propose a Project to the Student. However, the main responsibility for finding a project falls on the student.
  2. Approval

    1. Students must fill in the standard form and return it to the coordinator.
    2. Each Student must obtain his/her Specialisation and Core Provider’s approval for the Project work (s)he wishes to undertake. The Specialisation Core Providers approve Projects on the basis of the information contained in the project proposal forms. Therefore, each Student must make sure his/her Specialisation and Core Providers receive the Project Proposal Form.
    3. Once approved by the Specialisation and Core Providers, each Student shall send his Project Proposal Form to his Provider, as well as to the Coordinator (EUREC).
  3. Supervision

    1. One month after beginning work on his/her Project, each Student should send a 1-2 pages document to his/her Core and Specialisation Providers describing his/her Project in detail, the role (s)he fulfils at the Project Host and setting out a timetable by when (s)he expects to complete different stages of his/her Project work.
    2. The regularity of progress reports to be sent by the Student during his/her project will be determined by the Core Provider.
    3. Core and Specialisation Providers will provide their Students with prompt feedback on the messages the Students send them.
    4. Core Providers and Specialisation Providers reserve the right to impose further measures to ensure adequate supervision of their Students.
    5. The company or research centre at which the Students work during their Project is required to fill an evaluation template and send it to the Student’s Core Provider and to the coordinator at least one month before the Project Presentations.
  4. Assessment

    1. Project assessment will be in two parts: the Master Thesis and the Project Presentation. The relative weighting between the Master Thesis and Project Presentation is 80% and 20% respectively.
    2. The Steering Committee will ensure that all Students are marked according to a common scheme
    3. If a Student fails the project, (s)he may redo this course section in the following Academic Year, under approval and particular conditions of their Core provider University.
  5. Handing in the Master thesis

    1. Projects are assessed on the basis of six months of work.
    2. Each Student is to send his/her Master Thesis by e-mail to his/her Core and Specialisation Providers, and to the Coordinator no later than two weeks before the first day of the Project Presentations. The files e-mailed should be in ‘doc’ or ‘pdf’ format.
    3. If the Master Thesis is not handed in on time, the student will fail the Project unless he/she has prior written permission (by e-mail) from the designated supervisor at their Core provider. The Coordinator will confirm receipt of each Master Thesis
    4. If the project hosts wishes it, Students can request their thesis content to be treated confidentially by indicating this on the cover of the thesis. In this case, the Co-ordinator undertakes not to allow access to the Student’s Master Thesis to anyone outside the Steering Committee.
  6. Presentations

    1. The Steering Committee will decide well in advance the exact dates and venue for the Project Presentations and the Coordinator will communicate this to the Students.
    2. Each Student’s Project Presentation will be heard by a jury composed of SESyM Master Professors. The Steering Committee and Coordinator will select this jury. The marks awarded by this jury will form the mark that the Core Provider awards for the Project.
    3. Each Student’s Project Presentation should last 15 minutes. The Student will then be subjected to 10 minutes of questioning on his/her Project by the jury.
    4. All Master students are requested to be physically present at the Master Presentation days in Brussels. However, under exceptional circumstances and previous approval of the student’s core university, students can have the possibility to present their Thesis in a conference call mode. In this case,the Core provider should, at the latest two weeks before the Presentation Days,send an email to EUREC approving the student’s request.
  7. Departure from project regulationsIf a Student requests a departure from the Project Regulations, the circumstances of his/her request will be judged by the Core Provider. If the Core Provider sees sufficient merit in the request (after consultation with the Steering Committee, if appropriate), the Core Provider will allow the departure in accordance with its standard internal rules.
  1. The Steering Committee will ensure that the type and level of examination should be consistent with the ECTS credits to be awarded.
  2. Each Student’s Core and Specialisation examination and course work results shall be communicated as soon as available to the Coordinator. Each Specialisation shall officially communicate the marks that Students have earned during their Specialisation to the concerned Core Provider in writing.
  3. Core Providers will translate the marks communicated to them by the Specialisation Providers into equivalent marks.
  4. If a Student fails a module, (s)he will be offered one chance tore-sit it at the earliest opportunity. The requirement for a Student to re-sitan exam is the decision of the concerned university.
  5. If a Student fails the entire Core or Specialisation course component, they will be offered the chance to retake the failed component but need to pay the associated costs.
Student Misconduct
  1. In cases where a student is in breach of the local regulations of the Partner where they are being taught, the Partner is responsible for applying a fair sanction, if necessary in consultation with the Steering Committee and/or the Coordinator.
  2. Complaints made by Students that are unrelated to misconduct will be considered by the Steering Committee.
Requirements for Awards
  1. In order to qualify for the SESyM Master Degree, Students must have:
    1. Complied with the regulations of the Provider responsible for each of the three Sections.
    2. Accumulated a total of 90 ECTS credits. These credits are allocated as follows:
      • Core section: Total of 30 ECTS credits
      • Specialisation: Total of 30 ECTS credits
      • Project: Total of 30 ECTS credits
    3. Paid in full all fees due.
  2. The degree-awarding Partners must keep records of the final marks for each Course Section for each of the Students to whom they may award a degree. They must provide transcripts to students along with the diploma.
  3. A student who fails are-sit examination will not be awarded the SESyM Master degree. Such student has the opportunity to re-enrol in the failed Master section for the successive Academic Year. The maximum time for obtaining the SESyM Master Degree is two consecutive Academic Years.
Departures from the Programme Regulations

If a Student requests a departure from the Programme Regulations, the circumstances of his/her request will be judged by the Steering Committee.