15th December, 2019


Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

(Fully Funded)


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA)

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA) is a unique programme that fully covers all of the data management and analytics aspects of Big Data (BD), built on top of Business Intelligence (BI) foundations, and complemented with horizontal skills. It has been jointly designed and adheres to international studies, being structured to cover all the skills BI and BD specialists require.

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The First Report of the EU Data Market Study estimates that the number of data users will reach more than 1.3 million in 2020 while the overall data market will likely reach € 111 billion under high growth conditions. The last decade was marked by the digitalisation of virtually all aspects of our daily lives. Today, public and private organisations in all sectors face an avalanche of digital data on a daily basis. While at first glance this appears to be favourable for our knowledge-based society, in many ways it is a burden. Data is neither information nor knowledge. Instead, data is of great value once it has been refined and analysed, in order to address well-formulated questions, concerning problems of interest. It is only then through data-driven innovation that the economic and social benefit can be fully realised.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Data Management and Analytics

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

2 Years

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • They have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree (i.e., the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in computer science, from an accredited university. The university has to be listed in the World Higher Education Database (WHED) or be included in the following university rankings:
    1. The Times Higher
    2. Academic Ranking of World Universities
    3. QS World University Rankings

    Please refer to the FAQ for questions regarding Bachelor’s degree.

  • They must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The consortium will rely on how certification bodies evaluate their own equivalences against this framework, e.g., Cambridge General English FCE, IELTS (Academic) 5.5, TOEFL (paper based) 570, TOEFL (computer based) 230, TOEFL (internet based) 72, etc. Please refer to the FAQ for questions regarding proof of proficiency in English.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

The Erasmus+ programme provides EU-funded scholarships to students who have been selected by the consortia. Two categories of scholarships are available.

The scholarship for students from Programme Countries comprises:

  • Participation costs: up to 4,500 euros per year
  • Travel costs: 1,000 euros per year
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 euros per month for the entire duration of the BDMA programme (24 months maximum).

The scholarship for students from Partner Countries comprises:

  • Participation costs: up to 9,000 euros per year
  • Travel costs: 2.000 or 3,000 euros per year depending on whether the student is resident of a country whose location is, respectively, less than or more than 4.000 km away from Brussels, the coordinating institution of the BDMA programme. The place of residence will be verified on the basis of the provision of documents such as a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules or a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the BDMA official deadline for student selection.
  • Installation costs: 1,000 euros.
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 euros per month for the entire duration of the BDMA programme (24 months maximum).

The participation costs covering the tuition fees are directly taken by the consortium. The remainder of the scholarship will be allocated to selected students as follows:

  • Two yearly instalments, each one covering half of the travel costs.
  • One installment of 1,000 euros covering the installation costs for students from Partner Countries.
  • 24 monthly instalments of 1,000 euros for the subsistence costs.

The scholarship will be paid by bank transfer.

All scholarship holders will receive an insurance meeting the minimum insurance requirements of the Erasmus+ programme for JMDs.

For tuition fees:

  • Partner Countries students: €9000 / year;
  • Programme Countries students: €4500 / year.

Please note that these fees include national enrolment fees and the insurance cost.

Check Partner and Programme countries from here.

How to Apply

First Step: Before you start, be sure you have the following documentation (all in English and stamped by some public institution certifying that they correspond to the original counterpart in your local language) at hand. You will have to upload them in PDF format and later submit them by s-mail (i.e., paper mailpostal mailland mail, …) to the admission contact address by the date specified in the BDMA website if your application is eventually accepted (failing to submit the hard-copies by s-mail on time implies exclusion; check the application manual for further details):

  • Cover letter (stating your interest, your possibilities in the Master, and anything you consider relevant to know for the Selection Committee)
  • Passport
  • Photo (passport size)
  • CV
  • Bachelor certificate (at least 180 ECTS)
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of contracts

Second Step: To file an application for the EM Master programme:

  1. Register an account
  2. Log in with your username and password
  3. Complete the application forms and upload the necessary attachments (you will be notified by email of the progress of your application)
  4. Make sure that your referees uploaded their recommendation letter before the application deadline
  5. Submit your application (notice that you cannot apply to more than three Erasmus Mundus programmes) before the application deadline
  6. Make sure you’ve received an acknowledgment by email confirming your application

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This Scholarship Published by:
Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Amina Hamed / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team