European Master in Adult Education (EMAE)

The EMAE is a Master degree study programme which has been jointly developed by a network of currently eight universities from seven European countries:

  • Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany (coordinator)
  • Ostravská Univerzita, Czech Republic
  • Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet, Denmark
  • Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania
  • Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

In winter semester 2006/07 this study programme will start in different extent in four partner universities. University Duisburg-Essen will offer all courses of the first semester. We plan to accept these courses when we officially start the programme. At the University Duisburg-Essen you can enrol firstly when we have finished the accreditation process. We plan the first enrolments in winter semester 2007/08. Therefore students need a first academic degree (first cycle).

Aims and Graduate’s Profile

The aim of the EMAE programme is to qualify its students for professional work in European contexts in the field of adult education and learning. The students will acquire the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills enabling them to act in specific areas of professional practice in this field. They will acquire the necessary cultural-reflexive skills to act in an intercultural context. They will become aware of the opportunities that Europe offers as a potential labour market to adult educators, and will be able to use these opportunities. 
EMAE graduates will work in a variety of jobs that are directed towards enhancing the learning of adults in Europe. EMAE graduates will typically engage in careers as researchers, administrators, counsellors, instructors, and programme planners. 



The EMAE-Network has developed a curriculum which intends a Master-Programme within four semesters and 120 ECTS. The EMAE will be offered by universities through a combination of courses of the common core and individual courses:

  • Common Core (70 ECTS) : These courses will be offered in each university in English. Almost all courses will be offered as international Online-Study-Units.
  • Individual Courses (50 ECTS): These courses will be offered by each partner university regarding their main stress of research. The courses will be mainly offered in the national lan-guages of each partner university. At the University Duisburg-Essen the individual courses will be offered mainly on campus.

Through the combination of these both curriculum parts each university develops an own curriculum structure. At University Duisburg-Essen the curriculum structure is near to the national Master in Adult and Continuing Education.

Admission Requirements


Entrants must hold a degree equivalent to a B.A. In addition entrants must have at least a basic knowledge of education. This basic knowledge of education may be obtained in different ways – through a relevant B.A. degree programme, through work experience, or through supplementary studies. 
Candidates must be proficient in English (B1) and must possess good computer and internet skills.
At the University Duisburg-Essen students in the main studies of the study programme can earn certificates (Leistungsnachweis) in marked courses. We plan to accept these courses when we start the official programme in winter semester 2007/08.

Student Mobility


The EMAE programme may be studied entirely at one university. However, students are strongly ad-vised to spend at least one semester (3. semester) at another university of the EMAE consortium. Student mobility is facilitated by a network agreement which regulates the mutual recognition of courses within the EMAE partner consortium. Furthermore students can be supported through the Erasmus-Programme.

Degree awarded


On successful completion of the programme students will be awarded the degree "Master of Arts" from their home university. In the Diploma Supplement it will be documented that the studies undertaken by the student correspond to the standards that have been agreed by the EMAE network and that the degree represents therefore a "European Master in Adult Education".