Admission requirements

Note: The same admission requirements apply to European and third country students.

Degree requirement

The Master TEMA aims at students with a first degree (BA/BSc /180 ECTS/) in History, Geography, Philosophy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Nationalism Studies, International Relations, Law, Economy, Architecture and Administration.

In case of obtaining the diploma only after the deadline of application, it is possible to send its certified copy later. Nevertheless, in this case, the candidate has to provide in the application package an official certificate from his / her university testifying the studies and also has to indicate the precise date of getting the diploma. The same rules apply for language test results.

Work experience

No work experience is required for admission to Master TEMA. However, professional experience in a field related to the Master Course is an asset.

Research subject

The applicant has to choose a research subject in accordance with the TEMA Erasmus Mundus Master Course's curriculum (this is an essential condition). Possible research topics:

  • History of cities in the 16-20th centuries from various perspectives: urban social groups, territorial processes, segregation, different social practices in the urban space, urban policy, urban economy, urban culture etc.
  • Process of urbanization of the chosen territory in the 16th-20th centuries (from demographical, structural or cultural perspectives) evolution of the urban framework, peculiarities of the hierarchy of the cities, construction of the urban networks, various segments of urbanization
  • Representations of cities
  • The State and the cities
  • Problems of the administrative et territorial reforms
  • Policies of city planning in practice and their stake on different scales
  • Urban policies and projects of urbanization
  • Local development
  • Construction of territorial identities (country, region, nation)
  • Regionalisms, regionalization
  • Problems, conflicts and different stakes of the emergence of modern nations and nationalism
  • Different modalities of the construction of the Nation-State
  • Problems and conflicts of the construction of the national territory
  • Representations of the national territory
  • Problems of national and ethnic minorities
  • Frontiers: physical, symbolic, visible and invisible
  • Process of the construction of the European Community and the history of the European integration
  • Policies of the cultural heritage and the role of the process of patrimonialization in the making of the local and national identities
  • Transport and communication: study of the networks and flux

Language competences

As the TEMA Master Course is provided in English and in French, proficiency in these languages is a must.

To apply, the candidates must dispose of a language certificate of both from English and French: one of them must be of an advanced level and the other may be of a more elementary level, which can be also set out by the candidate's university or department.

The following English language tests are accepted:

    • paper based: 580 or above
    • computer based: 237 or above
    • internet based: 92 or above
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  • Cambridge Proficiency Examination:
    • C or above
  • Cambridge Advanced English Test:
  • IELTS: 6.5

The following French language tests are accepted:

  • DELF:
  • TCF:
    • accomplishment of the three compulsory examinations (listening comprehension, use of language structures, reading comprehension) minimum level: A2
      Please note that TCF is only valid for 2 years. Any certificate expiring before September 1st of the applicant's first year in TEMA Master Course will not be accepted.
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Master TEMA does not require a language test certificate from applicants:

  • Whose native language is either English or French,
  • Holding a diploma/degree delivered by a college, high school or higher education institution (such as A levels, baccalaureate, BA/BSc etc.) in which the language of instruction is English or French,
  • Who have FLE (teaching French as a foreign language) or TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification.
    Please note that a certificate for the other language is required.

Applicants holding a certificate in English or in French that is nationally recognized in their country must request a validation of it by the TEMA Secretary. However, national certificates must be at least of advanced level and evidence the holder's both oral and written skills. Knowledge of other European languages, especially Italian, Czech or Hungarian is an asset.


Two references, signed and sealed must be attached to the application. Referees can be either scholars or professionals of related fields, who know well the applicant (see attached form)