Applications

Application Procedures & Requirements

Entry requirements

 

  • A 2.2 honours degree (undergraduate degree, Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Board and the guidelines of UL Graduate School Admissions, with a minimum of 100 ECTS or equivalent experience in psychology and research methods.
  • If the applicant has not completed the 1st cycle degree at the time of application, they must send proof of enrolment, available transcripts, and a declaration of the expected date of completion (original and certified English translation as necessary) from the university that will issue the diploma. In this case, if the applicant is accepted, this will be conditional on the submission of a 1st cycle degree diploma before enrolment.
  • Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a standard English language competency test in line with UL requirements will be necessary. 

What to include with your application

 

  • Supporting statement (personal statement) explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the programme, including thejustification for the choice of mobility path, and the Erasmus Mundus funding – if applicable.
  • Copy of your undergraduate diploma with transcripts (and translation to English if needed) – merged into one file
  • CV (preferably in Europass format)
  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 (two) written academic references – merged into one file

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is not an official language, the following additional documents must be provided:

The preferred file format is pdf. Please see here to convert files to pdf and here to merge files into one pdf.

Procedure

 

Applications for cohort 2024-2026 will be open on October 18th, 2023.  The deadline for applications for Erasmus Mundus funding is  January 5th,  2024. Applications submitted after that day will only be considered on a self-funded basis.

Each eligible application will be evaluated for quality and those applicants who pass the first stage may be interviewed by video or telephone (see details below). Final ranking of candidates will be made after the interviews.

Erasmus Mundus applicants will be notified of the selection results by the end of February 2024.

Information about costs, scholarships, and applicant categories is available on the Costs and Funding page.

Self-funded applicants will be required to enrol and pay a portion of the tuition fees soon after receiving notice that they have been accepted into the programme, to secure their position.

A Budget Simulator to help assess financial means is available here.

Student Selection

 

The selection process for the Global-MINDS Programme involves several stages to ensure that the best candidates are selected. The process begins with an application period, which ends on the January 5th, 2024.

During the first evaluation round, each eligible application will be evaluated on a 10-point scale by two Local Academic Coordinators from two different Partner Institutions on the following joint criteria:

    • Academic achievement and potential (e.g., grades and distinctions; 35% of the final score)
    • CV, academic, professional and other experience (e.g., research experience, international/ volunteering experience, higher English language proficiency; 35% of final score)
    • Motivation and career ambitions (20% of final score)
    • Referee evaluation and recommendations (10% of final score).

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    Applications are allocated in a ranking according to scores (from higher to lower scores). The top 65 candidates in the ranking are then invited to an interview held between February 12th – 16th, 2024, which may be conducted via video conference or by telephone. The remaining candidates will be notified by email about the panel’s decision and informed about the appeal procedure.

    The interview candidates will be assessed against individualized and common criteria, such as academic and work experience, career ambitions, and other relevant information. During a second evaluation round, the interview will be scored on a scale from 1 to 10. Then we create a final score for each candidate based on an equal weighting of  both evaluation rounds (the application evaluation and the interview evaluation).

    The Governing Board will agree on the final candidate rankings and on the allocation of candidates to mobility paths (based on preferences and candidate ranking) in order to meet required enrollment levels at each university.

    The absolute ranking will specify:

    • 10 applicants selected for full scholarships
    • 15 applicants selected for partial scholarships
    • 11 applicants admitted as self-financed students.
    • Non-admitted applicants.

    The applicants ranked from 37-50 are placed on a waiting list. Candidates selected for the programme will be notified by February 23th, 2024  and must accept or reject the offer within one week of receiving it and no later than March 8th, 2024. If a candidate cannot accept the offer, we will proceed to contact and send offer letters to the next candidate on the waiting-list until complete the places for full-scholarships, partial scholarships and self-funded students. 

    Second batch (Mainly for Self-funded students):

    If all places aren’t filled, a second batch of interviews will be conducted during March 18th – 22nd, 2024. After a new round of evaluation offer letters for the second batch of accepted applicants will be sent on March 28th, 2024. If you’re in the second batch, you’ll need to accept your offer by April 12th, 2024.

    Third batch (Self-funded students):

    In case there are still available places, applications will reopen for self-funded students during April 15th – June 15, 2024. 

    All candidates whose application for Erasmus Mundus funding was rejected, as well as those not admitted to the programme will be informed of the appeal procedure.

    We strive for diversity among the participants in the Global-MINDS program. Students with special needs are encouraged to apply. The Consortium will ensure that all necessary arrangements (e.g., accessibility to classrooms) are in place if they are selected.

    Appeals will only be considered if the applicant believes there has been a failure in the admissions procedure or that they have been discriminated against unlawfully. The appeal should be made in writing within 10 days after the decision has been communicated and directed to the European Consortium Coordinator (please see Contact) unless the appeal is regarding the Coordinator, in which case the written appeal should be directed to the Governing Board. Any appeal will be accorded thorough consideration and will normally be addressed within 28 calendar days of receipt. Where an appeal does not produce the outcome sought by the applicant, reasons should be given for any decision.

    As a policy, the Global-MINDS Master strives for diversity in the recruitment of students and staff and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of any other characteristic protected by European law.

    Disclaimer: Information relating to individuals (personal data) is collected and used in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (GDPR).