Master TEMA course information

The TEMA Erasmus Mundus Master Course (120 ECTS) takes two years (four semesters), includes an M1 and an M2 degree course.

Its development was financed by the Socrates Erasmus Curriculum Development Grant.

    Required languages:
  • English
  • French
  • For other possibility see “English ONLY

Guarantee of two common objectives:

  • A certain homogeneity in training
  • The appreciation of the specificities of each partner university

The principal thematic goal:

  • To study scientific analyses of space and territorial problematic

At each partner university, the seminar is held according to the same principles: the core texts refer to the four main issues of the MA programme, i.e.

  4. CITY

These four objects represent four scales and four possible approaches and different viewpoints to the historical, political, social and cultural problems of space and territory. Accordingly, the four readers (Civilisation, Nation, Region and City) put together by the teachers and researchers of the partner universities, mean the heart of the TEMA EMMC. Seminars based on TEMA are offered in the same order by each partner university.

Added value for TEMA students:

  • Multidisciplinary approach within the international context of social sciences, in which History, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Urbanism and Area Planning are concerned
  • Special emphasis on methodological questions

Two parts of tema

TEMA is divided into two parts:

  • A common study core of foundational and methodological courses
    • The educational approach of this European course is based on a core syllabus, which focuses upon the methodology of social sciences and which expressed by the common approach to important and classical texts of each disciplines concerned.
  • A unit of specialized and research courses
    • The methodological and the common TEMA seminars are followed by thematic and research seminars, which represent the specificities of each partner university. These seminars allow the appreciation of the complementarity and the specificity of the partner universities, and they contribute to the diversification and to the specialization of the common training on the individual level.

At the beginning of each academic year the course includes two intensive weeks focusing on a specific subject of the TEMA programme and the teambuilding between TEMA students and teachers.

  • Students are gradually prepared to be able to write their MA thesis from the introductory course
  • Each student is supervised by two tutors (one from each partner university, in which the student chooses to be enrolled), who assure a personal guidance
  • Students are required to study at least at two partner universities
    • Students choose the hosting and the mobility institutions on the application form (mobility period is in the semester 3)
    • The final decision on the students' mobility track is taken by the TEMA Academic Board in accordance with the students' scientific interests and needs. This mobility is a significant contribution to the strengthening of intercultural dialogue and to the cooperation between European citizens. It is the best way to fight against racism and xenophobia as well as to promote common European values.


ECTS mechanism

Every study unit of the TEMA European Master Course is translated into ECTS credits. The number of ECTS credits earned is also indicated in the diploma supplement, in accordance with the criterion established by the European Committee, the Council of Europe and the UNESCO/CEPES.

TEMA graduates receive a double or multiple degree, along with a diploma supplement, allowing them to enter into the professions in the area of local, regional, national and European territorial administration, in urban planning and research institutions.

In each partner country the TEMA Master Course is fully recognized as an accredited Master’s program in History or Social Sciences.

  • In Budapest, the TEMA European Master Course was accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board (MAB).
  • In Paris, the TEMA European Master Course is recognized as a specialization within the Master’s in Social Sciences “Territory, Space, Society” (Territoires, Espaces, Sociétés – T.E.S.). The diploma was officially recognized by the decision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Directorate General of Higher Education on the 5th of September, 2005, under the following reference number: 20050116. The recognition was updated by the decision made on the 19th of January, 2009.
  • In Catania, the Council of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy approved, by decision n˚ 11 on the 26th of October, 2007, the Convention concerning the implementation of the TEMA European Master Course „European Territories: Identity and Development” and the TEMA curriculum, a recognized specialization within the Master’s in History and Analysis of Territory (Master in Storia e Analisi del Territorio – Territori europei). The Convention and curriculum of the TEMA Master Course were also approved by the Academic Senate of the Ateneo, decision n˚ 98 on the 21st of January, 2008. Taking into account the autonomy of the universities in Italy, this process leads to the full recognition of the Master Course.
  • In Prague, the TEMA Master Course is recognized as a specialization within the Master's program in History under the title TEMA – EUROPEAN SOCIETIES: IDENTITY AND DEVELOPMENT / SOCIÉTÉS EUROPÉENNES: IDENTITÉ ET DÉVELOPPEMENT , accredited in 2014 by the Czech Accreditation Board under the following reference number: 6095/2014. The number of the study program is: N7105, the number of the accreditation decision 7105Txxx.