2015-2017 Edition

The Lead Partner of the Joint Master CoDe Programme is the Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary).

Welcome and general overview

The Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development is a 2-year 1st level Erasmus Mundus Master Course organized by the consortium of  the Corvinus University of Budapest, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Regensburg and the University of Trento.

As a multidisciplinary programme, CoDe brings together scholars and participants from various disciplines. Partners of the programme believes 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 fields relevant for local development (e.g., environmental engineering).

Furthermore, Master CoDe provides participants with an encouraging international studying community. Since 2001, 259 students have attended the master programme: 161 from Europe, 26 from Africa, 63 from Asia and 9 from America. Gender equality has been fully respected, since over 50% of participants have been female students.

General introduction and objectives

The main objective of Master CoDe is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and co-ordinating processes of change and transformation at local level. The focus of the programme is local development, with the following characteristics: public, private and non-governmental actors are the fundamental agents; social stability and economic prosperity are pursued, in line with the European standards and best practices. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.

The 2-year 1st  level Master Programme has been planned and is provided by the University of Trento (Italy), the Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Regensburg (Germany). The programme builds an institutional bridge between “old” and “new” European universities, local authorities, firms and other organizations in these countries and all over the world.

Programme structure

The main subjects and courses of the Master CoDe  are divided into mandatory and optional modules.

Mandatory modules (60 ECTS)


Economic foundations of local development


Legal analysis of local development


Social foundations of local development


Data analysis and territorial statistics


The management of diversity in societies


Economic and social analysis of institutions


Local sustainable development


Research methodology, project evaluation and impact assessment


Optional courses (27 ECTS in the two-years Master). The list of optional courses will be added when the full list of courses taught in English for the next academic year is ready.

Didactic activities may also include laboratories and guest lectures.

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.

Internship for research (10 ECTS): internships are held in qualified organisations (institutions of local and regional government, public/private partnerships, decentralised administrations of national government, industrial districts, trans-border co-operation projects, policies for enterprises and local development, services to enterprises, research centres, local banks, NGOs active at local level or for the promotion of local development) located in the countries of the partner universities or in international organisations (350 hours).

Project Work (20 ECTS): analysis, research and experience aimed at the elaboration of an original and innovative analysis for local development in areas in transformation. The project should be presented as a thesis preferably including an operational activity plan.

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 educational contents, the hosting quality, the usage of language and equal opportunity principles.

As far as 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 a 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.