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Official Master´s Degree: Frequently-asked questions

the New Academic System: European Higher Educaction Area

  • What is the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)?

On the basis of the Bologna Declaration, most European countries are working to set up a European higher education space to encourage convergence between the different education systems, in order to improve the quality, openness and compatibility of courses, qualifications and certificates.

  • How is the new system structured?

The structure of university curricula within the EHEA is organised in three cycles, Grau/Grado (1st cycle), Master (2nd cycle) and Doctorate (3rd cycle).

  • What kind of profile/orientation/structure can a Masters programme have?

Professional training: oriented towards professional practice.
Researc: oriented towards an introduction to research work.
Academic: oriented towards both professional practice and building research skills.

  • How are Masters programmes organised?

Masters organised solely by the URV.
Inter-university masters, organised jointly by the URV and other universities. One of them must be the co-ordinating university.
Erasmus Mundus, organised jointly by the URV and other universities throughout the world, in accordance with the requirements governing this format.


In the details of the Masters programme (the offer) you will find information concerning its organisation.

  • How long do Masters programmes last?

Masters programmes cover a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 120 ECTS credits, the equivalent of one or two years, respectively.

Masters programmes are designed in such a way that a full-time student can complete 60 ECTS credits in an academic year. Full-time study means about 35 hours a week.

  • What is an ECTS credit?

This is the unit of value for university training within the European Higher Education Space (EHES). Each credit corresponds to 25 hours' work by the student.

The assignment of credits accounts for the hours corresponding to taught classes, both theoretical and practical, hours of study time, hours devoted to seminars, coursework, practicals or projects, and those required to prepare for and sit examinations and other forms of assessment.

In the European system the emphasis is placed on the student as the central figure in the learning process.

  • What is the Diploma Supplement (DS)?

This is the official document accompanying every university certificate. Valid throughout the country, it includes standardised information, individualised for each graduate, about the courses completed, results obtained, professional skills acquired and the level of the qualification within the national higher education system.

University issues this document at the request of the person concerned.