26 May 2009 | Report

Survey of Master Degrees in Europe

Howard Davies

This EUA report gives a detailed overview of the development of Master degrees in Europe. Based on a wide-ranging survey of European students, universities (leaders and academics) and employers, it specifically looks at how Master programmes in Europe have developed a decade after the Bologna process was launched.


The results of the study show that a Bologna Master ‘template’ is developing across Europe albeit in three distinctive forms of course provision: taught Master with a strong professional development application; the research-intensive Master which functions as a pre-doctoral degree; and courses delivered to learners returning to education from the workplace. 

While nearly all 46 of the Bologna signatory countries have implemented a Master cycle into their national higher education systems, the study shows that there is still much work to be done in terms of making the Master cycle more transparent and readable across national borders – to help facilitate recognition of degrees, mobility and exchanges between institutions.

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