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What is STEPS?

It is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Master's Course in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems (EMJMD STEPS) given by four partner universities in the field, divided into two mobility tracks:

  • Sustainable transportation
  • Electrical Power Systems

How many credits does the Programme consist of?

The EMJMD STEPS consists of 120 credits, 2 academic years, 60 credits per academic year.

What are the Universities taking part in the STEPS Programme?

The partners of the STEPS Programme are:

  • The University of Oviedo
  • The University of Nottingham
  • The University "La Sapienza" of Rome
  • The University of Coimbra

What is the duration of STEPS?

STEPS is a two-year Master's Course.

How is the mobility scheme organized?

The first year all the students attend a two-week introductory course at the University of Oviedo and later on they move to Rome or Coimbra, depending on the mobility track, to undertake the first semester of the Programme. The second semester of the Programme all the students move to Nottingham. The third semester of the Programme is given in Oviedo and during the fourth and last semester, the students perform the Master's Thesis at one of the four partner universities or at any of the associated partners of the consortium supervised by one of the partner universities.

What are the Programme's specialization topics?

  1. Sustainable Transportation
  2. Electrical Power Systems

How does the credit system work?

Students are expected to successfully complete a total of 60 ECTS credits per year. All academic achievements are assessed using the European Credit-Transfer-System (ECTS): 60 credits have to be earned during the first year and 60 credits during the second year (including the completion of a Master's Thesis).

What is ECTS?

European Credit-Transfer-System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and one credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work.

Which is the grading scale used by EMJMD STEPS?

STEPS uses the European Credit-Transfer-System (ECTS) grading scheme with a six-point scale:

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Satisfactory
  • D: Poor
  • E: Minimal Pass
  • F: Fail

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When does the programme start?

The programme starts round mid September in Oviedo

What certification do I get when I finish the master's course?

You will receive a joint degree issued and recognised by the four Universities and the National Agencies of the partner countries taking part in the Consortium.

New admission period self-financing students

In order to facilitate access to students who were not able to process their applications in the first phase of the selection process for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), The University of Oviedo has announced a new admission period aimed at 8 self-financing students

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