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CEPOL European Joint Master Programme

SECOND EDITION - 2017-2019

Last update: The deadline for applications has expired, 30 students have been selected to attend the second edition of the CEPOL EJMP.

Attendance: blended learning

Dates: October 2017 - October 2019

1. What is the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme?

2. Entry requirements

3. Structure

4. Costs

5. The Master in depth

6. What can you expect from this programme?


The CEPOL European Joint Master Programme (EJMP) is an EU academic programme which aims to address common challenges of police cooperation in the frame of internal security. It provides students with science-based competences in a European community of practice.

This master programme is unique and complementary to the Higher Education Programme and to existing master programmes on policing in the EU Member States. The programme fully complies with the Bologna Declaration for higher education and the Dublin Descriptors, which are recognised by all universities in the European Union. This alignment warrants the academic quality, coherence and consistency of the European Joint Master Programme.

The European Joint Master Programme (EJMP) is a very important learning programme in CEPOL’s portfolio, and is dedicated to the legal and operational aspects of international and European police cooperation. The academic programme is implemented by a Consortium of 22 partners, and the diploma is awarded by the National Distance University in Spain (UNED) and jointly developed and delivered in cooperation with University Consortium Partners from Hungary, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, the Netherlands, UK and Estonia.

The EJMP is addressed to senior law enforcement officers or experts in general management and specialist positions who intend to gain or improve competences in the field of international and European police and law enforcement management.

The language of the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme is English.


Without prejudice to national legislations, in order to be eligible to take part in the EJMP applicants must have as a minimum:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent in national education to a Bachelor’s Degree recognised at a level of 180-240 ECTS - the level of acquired credits is dependent on the competence of each Member State to set the minimum eligibility criteria between 180 and 240 ECTS. In terms of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) this is comparable to EQF level 6.
  • good command of the English language at minimum B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, with a language certificate of this equivalence. Native speakers with English as mother tongue are not required to submit a language certificate.


The EJMP is a part time fully academic programme that consists of 6 modules totalling 46 ECTS and one module of 14 ECTS representing the module of the Master Thesis. All modules are compulsory and the EJMP will be delivered within 2 years. The EJMP shall imply blended learning and a restricted number of residential phases, which involves the mobility of teachers and students.






General Introduction and Methodology

12 weeks

100 hrs



International and Comparative Policing

12 weeks

200 hours



Governance and Strategic Aspects of International Police Cooperation

12 weeks

200 hours



Legal and Regulatory Aspects of European Police Cooperation

12 weeks

200 hours



Operational Aspects of European Police Cooperation

12 weeks

225 hours



Management and Leadership Aspects of European Police Cooperation

12 weeks

225 hours



Master thesis

18 weeks

350 hours



Studies are free of charge for students from EU Member States that have adopted the CEPOL regulation 2015/2219. CEPOL will pay for flights, accommodation and meals including study costs in line with the budget approved by the CEPOL Management Board. CEPOL can fund a total of 30 students; however, it is also possible to accept up to further 10 self-paying students nominated through the CEPOL network.


Students responsibilities

Students must attend all the residential modules specified in course timetable and follow the rules relative to the university/police facility implementing the module. A short absence may be authorised for personal reasons. A code of conduct will need to be signed by all students.

Methods of delivery

The European Joint Master Programme will be implemented by the way of blended learning. Each of the six learning modules encompasses a residential week in the organising institution. The Master thesis has to be defended, and the thesis defence can be performed by means of a video conference.

The CEPOL learning environment is part of the learning structure, including an e-learning environment. The European Joint Master Programme rests on an integrated cooperation between CEPOL and the participant universities in the EU Member States, in which CEPOL provides a unique e-learning environment and academic facilities such as documentary resources. Webinars and online modules are an essential part of the content. Additional e-learning facilities can be provided by the university awarding the diploma.

Specific learning materials as manuals, textbooks, readers etc. are developed to meet the specific interests of the students and to cover the specific subjects of the European Joint Master Programme. The teaching and learning methods will be distributed according to the logic of curriculum consistency and coherence.

Detailed module descriptions, teacher’s manuals, study guides, compulsory and recommended literature will be provided insofar as necessary by the institutions responsible for a certain module. The learning and teaching methods used during the two years’ master programme serve the development of professional and intercultural competences of the students, and have a direct link to competences which have to be improved and to the learning outcomes of the modules.

Examples of methods of delivery are:

  • Panel discussions
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Group works
  • Learning café

Dates of implementation

The EJMP is 2-year programme. Please note that the following dates of implementation may be subject to changes:



Pre-learning phase

Residential week

Post learning phase




02/09/2017 – 08/10/2017

09/10/2017 – 13/10/2017

14/10/2017 – 24/11/2017



25/11/2017 – 14/01/2018

15/01/2018 – 19/01/2018

20/01/2018 – 16/02/2018

Holiday 23/12/2017-05/01/2018



17/02/2018 – 25/03/2018

26/03/2018 – 30/03/2018

31/03/2018 – 11/05/2018



12/05/2018 – 17/06/2018

18/06/2018 – 22/06/2018

23/06/2018 – 03/08/2018

Holiday 04/08/2018 – 26/08/2018



27/08/2018 – 23/09/2018

24/09/2018 –28/09/2018

29/09/2018 – 09/11/2018



10/11/2018 – 09/12/2018

10/12/2018 – 14/12/2018

15/12/2018 – 15/02/2019

Holiday 22/12/2018 – 06/01/2019




16/02/2019 – 16/06/2019


17/06/2019 – 14/07/2019


15/07/2019 – 02/08/2019

Holiday 03/08/2019 – graduation October

More information about timetables and deadlines is available at CEPOL’s Learning Management System (LMS) on e-Net.


To obtain the Master Diploma it will be necessary to get a minimum marking of 50 out of 100 in each module and pass the Master Thesis.

The oral defence represents a maximum of 20% of the mark for the Master Thesis, and the written part corresponds to maximum 80% of the mark.

The Board of Examiners will have right to give the final validation of the Master Thesis.

Assessment criteria are distinguished under 5 headings which indicate the level of the performance of an academic professional in different gradations for the same dimensions. The dimensions of the “assessment grid” refer to the level of quality of:

  • the selection, reading and analysis of literature;
  • the understanding and articulation of the relationship between theoretical perspectives and practical circumstances;
  • the organisation of the material;
  • the accuracy of referencing;
  • the extent of bibliography;
  • the relationship between questioning and process of study;
  • the clarity and logic of the arguments, premises and conclusions;
  • the discernment and expression of reasoning.

If a student fails an assessment, he/she will have a second opportunity. With regards to written exams including online tests, the second attempt will take place after the conclusion of the residential week.

Concerning the elaboration of a written assessment, if the student fails he/she will have to prepare and submit a new work to the examiner following his/her instructions.

Students will also have a second opportunity when failing the Master Thesis. This second opportunity will be granted on the following Master Thesis defence session at his own expenses.

Failing twice in the same assessment will impede the progression from one module to the following, and the student will be expelled from the Programme.

The expulsion of the student will be decided by the Master Programme Committee after receiving all the information from the consortium partner implementing the module. An appeal procedure to the Steering Board is available.


Students and employers must both be aware that this is a comprehensive part-time academic study in English, and the study will be both difficult and time consuming.

However, students who succeed in their studies can look forward to a unique, CEPOL-endorsed pan-European Master Diploma recognised by every university in the Bologna space.


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032