The IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme is designed for professionals based in Belgium who wish to gain, in a short period of time, specialized competences and skills in order to become EU Project Consultant and Project Manager. This intensive programme is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 18.15 to 21.15, and on Saturday from 9.15 to 16.00. The programme includes project works, which will be implemented by students partially in class and partially extra-class. Classes are foreseen from end-February to mid-June; while the last month is dedicated to the finalisation of project works by students. The Master is held in English in Brussels.
The IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme is addressed to professionals who are looking for a change in their career or who are seeking a specialisation as EU Project Manager and Consultant in EU Funding Programmes.
This Master is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the European Union institutional structure, functioning and policies, and with a sound understanding of the EU funding methods and Project Cycle Management tools and techniques. To this end, a thorough academic section is combined with hands-on practical work on European projects and tenders and with testimonials from policy advisors and, project managers and EU officials. At the end of the Master, participants will be able to effectively match project ideas with available EU funds, to draft, coordinate and manage European projects and tenders according to the guidelines set by the European Commission and they will have had the opportunity to be introduced to several professionals from this sector.
Section 1 – The European institutional system
The aim of this section is to provide an overall comprehensive understanding of the theoretical knowledge needed for EU Project Management. Here, the topic of the European construction is analysed from the historical, juridical and economic points of view.
Section 2 – Successful EU projects and tenders: design and management tools and techniques
The second section focuses on learning the mechanisms, tools and criteria for designing and managing successful EU-funded projects and tenders. What is the quality frame of a project; what is the Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Approach; how do I structure a work plan and what are the correct project drafting techniques; how do I develop a communication and dissemination plan, a quality monitoring plan, a sustainability and exploitation plan; how do I structure a project budget; what are the tools for efficient project implementation, partnership management, project monitoring and reporting; what are EU procurement procedures and how do I structure a tender offer for an EU institution. These are the queries that this section addresses.
The student learns through a learning-by-doing approach, with the support of case studies and interactive workshops.
Section 3 – Thematic focuses on EU policies and funding programmes
This section aims at providing the student with a comprehensive knowledge of EU funding opportunities, in order to be able to identify the right funding programme to support specific ideas and to provide consultancy in different sectors. Throughout this section students will analyse EU policies related to a specific area, the characteristics and rules of funding programmes linked to the policy, as well as who are the key stakeholders at EU level in that area. Best practices and project examples will also be studied. The main topics are: research and development, SMEs competitiveness, education and training, culture, youth and sport, cooperation and development, environment, transport, regional development, employment and social affairs, consumer protection and health, tourism.
The classes are held by professional EU Advisors, who have years of experience in planning, advising and providing technical assistance to SMEs, NGOs, think-tanks, public entities, and international organizations.
How to apply
A maximum of 25 candidates will be admitted to the Master. Only candidates responding to the following admission criteria will be accepted to the Master:
- To have a university degree of at least 3 years
- To have at least 1 year working experience in relevant fields (i.e. EU affairs, lobby and advocacy, business development and procurements, research, management and business administration, legal consultancy, technical consultancy, engineering and urban development, languages and translation, …)
- To be currently employed or professionally active OR to be unemployed but unable to attend a full-time Master programme
- To have good knowledge of English (listen, written, and oral)
- To be in the condition to attend at least 80% of classes in Brussels
To apply, candidates should submit an online application and the following documents must be attached:
- a copy of the university diploma or equivalent degree
- a CV in English
- a cover letter in English, stating the motivation to attend the Master
- English language certificate or a language knowledge self-statement
- one passport-size photograph
- a copy of passport or other identification document
- proof of payment of the first instalment of tuition fees of 500 € (candidates that will not be admitted will be totally reimbursed the first instalment of tuition fees within 5 working days)
Applications are open until the full capacity of the class is reached.
Note that Candidates will be admitted to the Master on a first-come-first-served basis. Only candidates fulfilling all the admission criteria will be enrolled on the Master programme. The Admission Committee from the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain will evaluate applications and reserves the right to deny admission to the Master upon written justification. The Admission Committee reserves the right to invite candidates for an interview. Candidates will receive the confirmation of admission from the Admission Committee within 15 days from reception of application. The enrolment to the Master programme is completed only when the duly filled application form and annexes are received by the Admission Committee and after the Committee notifies acceptance of enrolment to the applicant.
Master’s tuition fees
The overall tuition fees for attending the IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme (for the whole Master period) are:
Staff of private companies, NGOs or public organisations, sponsored by the employer
Members of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce can benefit of a reduction of 10% of the tuition fees (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information).
Candidates enrolling from the same organisation or individuals enrolling with a friend or colleague can benefit of a reduction of 10% of the tuition fees.
Tuition fees include:
enrolment to IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme
didactic material (book, brochures, photocopies, USB, etc.)
access to computers, printers and internet in the class room
Master Diploma and certificate of transcripts
Tuition fees do not include accommodation in Brussels and anything that is not mentioned in the list above. The payment of the fees is divided into instalments; the first instalment of 500 € is to be paid in the application phase and proof of payment shall be attached to the application. The payment can be done by credit card (PayPal) or by bank transfer.
The IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme awards a Diploma in European Studies – EU Project Drafting and Management, issued by the Institute of European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain and the European Desk of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce.
Diplomas will be awarded to students that successfully pass the evaluation process, consisting of: a) one final exam, b) one project work on EU tenders, c) one project work on EU grants, d) the individual learning journal. Only students who attend at least the 80% of classes will be admitted to the final exam and to the Diploma award.
Students will also receive a Transcript Certificate with the transcript of courses and the final grade obtained.
This is an International post-graduate Master. It is an intensive, executive programme; the title awarded is “Post-graduate Master in European Studies – EU Project Drafting and Management”. This Master aims to provide the students with the professional tools required by the job market; the objective is not to provide a “title”, but practical competencies. The Master does not give university credits. Therefore, even if organized by a University-consortium, the framework of an extra-university Master has been chosen.