Admissions

This Master’s programme is targeted at a high quality and multidisciplinary audience with graduates from any discipline seeking to share knowledge and gain advanced understanding in sustainability by addressing societal challenges (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) and the European Green Deal), developing challenge analysis skills, and extending their capabilities to develop solutions for complex problems.

Access requirements

At least a Bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. In the case of students with a French Licence they will need an additional 30 EC for admission. 

English language certification is necessary for programme admission. C1 is the required level. Students with B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must attain C1 level before programme registration. Download the English Accepted Certificates.

| IMPORTANT | English certification. Many applicants have reported that due to COVID-19 situation there are delays and difficulties to taking the official English test. For this reason, the Academic Board has approved that the English certificate can be provided before the end of June.

For more detailed information, please download the "CHARM-EU Rules and regulations: Admissions"

 

How to apply

Application deadline

  • Application status: CLOSED!
  • Last application period: until 30 June (23.59 CET)
  • Admissions application status update:
    • First round: 30 April 2021
    • Second round: 18 June 2021

The admission processes

To apply for admission, applicants have to complete the relevant form and upload the required documents. More information is available at: https://www.charm-eu.eu/masters/globalchallenges/documents

After confirming  personal and academic data, the applicant will receive, before uploading the documents, an email informing them that the application has been stored in the University of Barcelona. All required documents have to be uploaded in a pdf format as soon as possible.

Contact info@charm-eu.eu for inquiries or issues in the application process.


Note: The information given about grants and specialty/track for the flexible phase of the Master’s is a guideline (not binding).

*Results of the first round of admissions

Documents to be submitted

To apply, students will have to submit:

1. If available, diploma of Bachelor’s award or recognised equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. For final year undergraduate students, up to date transcript will suffice.

2. * Applicants with a French Licence: certificate with additional 30 ECTS is required for admission.

3. An official academic transcript. The academic transcript must include the grade average and the signature and stamp of the university.

4. English Language certification:

  • Certifications: C1 is the required level. Applicants with B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must attain C1 level before programme registration. The certificate must include the four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Download the English Accepted Certificates.
  • Responsible statement (download the model here) indicating the circumstances of exemption in these cases:
    • Applicants with nationality in an English-speaking country.
    • Applicants coming from Education Systems of English-speaking countries.
    • Applicants with a previous university degree (Bachelor, Master or Doctorate) delivered in English.
    • Applicant with previous residence of 5 years or more in an English-speaking country.

In these cases, the English level will be assessed by video presentation and/or a personal interview, if required.

| IMPORTANT | English certification. Many applicants have reported that due to COVID-19 situation there are delays and difficulties to taking the official English test. For this reason, the Academic Board has approved that the English certificate can be provided before the end of June.

5. A Curriculum Vitae.

6. An essay

Length: 500- 750 words.

Choose one of the 17 SDGs and explain why you have selected it. Analyse your country’s, municipality’s or business’ progress towards achieving this Goal.

7. A video presentation answering three/four predetermined questions (Download the video instructions here).

If a student is not able to provide a video presentation for personal or medical reasons, they should address it to info@charm-eu.eu, for the Admissions Board to advise an alternative solution.

 

Where further information is  required an interview with the applicant will be requested.

Selection criteria

An evaluation rubric will be used to ensure maximum objectivity. The draft rubric below is based on the competencies identified for selection in the CHARM-EU Rules and Regulations.

1. Academic excellence (10 points)

10 points will be distributed according to previous degree’s finale grade mark, converted in a A-D scale, following the grading equivalence table. If the country of the candidate is not listed in this table, the CHARM-EU Academic Board will decide the conversion to be applied.

Points selection criteria

2. General academic competencies (40 points)

These competencies will be assessed through the documents and the video submitted by the student. For more detailed information, please check out 'Documents to be submitted'.

  • Critical thinking (10 points): Quality, originality, coherence, relevance of arguments in the essay in relation to the chosen topic, given different perspectives. Originality and feasibility of ideas and plans expressed in the video.
  • Analytical writing (10 points): The candidate’s writing shows the thought processes they went through to arrive at a given conclusion and discusses the implications of this, in a structured and clear way, uses suitable expressions.
  • Verbal reasoning (10 points): Arguments are presented with clarity and clear reasoning.
  • Visual presentation (10 points): The presentation is well organised, engaging and pertinent to the application.  

3. Personal competencies (40 points)

This will be assessed through the documents presented by the student.

  • Intercultural competence (10 points): languages, relevant international and additional cultural experiences.
  • Oral communication (10 points): the applicant makes a convincing presentation of their commitment and expectations. The applicant makes good use of the allocated time and questions.
  • Civic engagement (10 points): relevant experiences, practical examples of the candidate past and current engagement.
  • Commitment for programme entry (10 points): clear expectations from the programme, willing to contribute.

4. Inclusion (10 points)

  • Disability
  • Socio-economic background
  • Others

In order to ensure access and inclusion, the applicants of under-represented communities (in terms of age, gender, family status, access needs, migration status, socio-economic background, higher educational background, among others), that want to be considered for these 10 additional points will be able to declare their situation by providing a relevant rationale and supporting information. The declaration of this possibility will be optional for the applicant.

For more detailed information, please download the "CHARM-EU Rules and regulations: Admissions" .

 

Enrollment Procedure

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITED AND HOW TO PRESENT THEM

Although we are able to approve your eligibility based on the digital version of the documents, in case you are admitted, we will need to verify the authenticity of the documents submitted in digital format. Please find below two options to submit the documents for verification before 19th  of July. You can choose the one that suits you best. 

If you are living in one of the cities of CHARM-EU partner Universities (Barcelona, Dublin, Utrecht, Budapest, or Montpellier) you can schedule a personal meeting with the CHARM-EU officer at the corresponding University.

If you are not living in one of these cities, we would kindly ask you to send certified copies to the CHARM-EU Barcelona Office in charge of registration at the following address:

Att. Ms. Miriam Gasol

CHARM-EU Office

University of Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585

08007 Barcelona

SPAIN

What is a certified copy? A certified copy of an original document (for example, your degree certificate or transcript) is a copy that bears an endorsement or certification that it is a true copy of the original. We can accept both physical (hard) copy and digital documents, as long as their authenticity can be verified.

Certified hard copy

The most common way to arrange a certified hard copy is by visiting the relevant department of your university (such as student services or the academic registry) with your original documents. You should ask them to make a photocopy of your original documents, and then to stamp and sign the photocopy. Please note, all documents you send to us become the property of CHARM-EU University and will not be returned to you.

Certified copies can be obtained from:

  • Any office of the 5 CHARM-EU partner Universities.
  • A notary public registered in any of the countries of the CHARM-EU Universities.
  • The Spanish/Irish/Deutsch/Hungarian/French diplomatic or consular authorities outside these countries.

The certified photocopies can then be sent to us by post as described above.

In the case of documents requiring legalization, the corresponding certification or apostille must be attached to the original document, and the interested party must submit a certified copy of the complete document, including all text relating to the legalization procedure.

Digitally certified document

Instead of certifying a photocopy, you can also submit a digitally certified document. We can accept these documents if they meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfy the certification guidelines of the issuing university.
  • Can be verified electronically on the website of the issuing university, a document verification platform, or by means of a digital certificate.