Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development

Master CoDe


General introduction

The Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development is a 2-year Erasmus+ Master Programme organized by the consortium of Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Regensburg (Germany) and University of Trento (Italy).  

As a multidisciplinary programme CoDe brings together scholars and participants from various fields. Partners of the programme believe that the multifaceted challenges of local development necessitate a comprehensive approach and accordingly, involve scholars and experts from the fields of Economics, Social Sciences and Law as well as from other disciplines relevant to local development (e.g., environmental engineering).

Furthermore, Master CoDe is an encouraging international studying community. Since 2001 259 students attended the master programme: 161 from Europe, 26 from Africa, 63 from Asia and 9 from America. Women participation in the programme has so far been above 50%.

Objectives of Master CoDe

The Master CoDe programme offers knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and co-ordinating processes of change and transformation at the local level. The focus of the programme falls on local development, specifically: considering public, private and non-governmental actors as fundamental agents of change; questions related to social stability and economic prosperity, in conformity with the European standards and best practice. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.

The programme bridges universities, local authorities, firms and other organizations all over the world with its extended partnership.

Programme structure

Didactic activities are structured around mandatory and optional courses. 

Course name ECTS
Mandatory modules (60 ECTS)  
1. Economic foundations of local development  9
2. Social and political foundations of local development  9
3. Research methodology, project evaluation and impact assessment  6
4. Data analysis and territorial statistics  6
5. The management of diversity in societies 9
6. Legal analysis of local development  6
7. Economic and social analysis of institutions  6
8. Local sustainable development 9
Language course (German, Italian) 3
Elective (optional) courses (27 ECTS)  
Students are requested to choose elective courses offered by the hosting institution which will provide a list of suitable courses at the beginning of the semester. 27
(in TOTAL)

Joint Master Degree in Comparative Local Development

Upon the successful completion of all Master activities, including the Project Work defence, the Academic Authorities of the organising Institutions will award a Joint Master Degree corresponding to:

  • in the Hungarian University system: mesterképzés (M.A.) (Összehasonlító helyi fejlesztési tanulmányok szakon) according to the 78. § of the Higher Education Act No. 204 of 2011 and the Decision no. FF/487-1/2013 of Educational Authority (Oktatási Hivatal);
  • in the Slovenian University system: skupni magistrski program; 
  • in the German University system: Mastergrad according to Art. 18 paragraph 1 HRG, Art. 86 paragraph 1, 86 a paragraph 3 BayHSchG;
  • in the Italian University system: Master di primo livello according to the DM 509/99 and subsequent revisions, DM 270/04.

Quality Assurance and Equality Issues

The quality of education and services available to the students of the Master CoDe has always been given high priority by the Consortium. As an Erasmus Mundus Master Course the programme undergoes regular quality reviews and the consortium members pay attention to students feedbacks in order to provide high quality courses and services and to respecting the requirements concerning the pedagogic content, the hosting quality, the usage of language and equal opportunity principles.

With respect to human rights and gender equality, the Consortium guarantees a balanced gender participation in Master CoDe, without prejudice to academic excellence.

With respect to human rights and equal opportunities, the Consortium does its best to support socio-economically disadvantaged, but highly skilled students who are not able to finance their studies on their own. On the one hand, the consortium offers Erasmus Mundus scholarships for limited number of applicants thanks to the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union. On the other hand, disadvantaged students who are not selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, but whose proven academic excellence nevertheless allows them to participate in the Master Course, can ask for a partial exemption from the tuition fees after the selection process is closed. Exemption requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Language Policy

English is the language of instruction for the Master CoDe. Nonetheless, participants are required to attend a module of Italian or German language (3 ECTS – 50 hours). Slovenian, Hungarian or other language modules might be offered upon students’ request.


Tradition, Innovation and Reform in Local Development. Conference Proceedings.


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