Selection process

Selection process

Initial shortlisting

Applications to the ADVANCES course will first be checked for completeness and fit with the admissions criteria.  Eligible applications will then be independently assessed by two academics from the ADVANCES consortium on the following criteria:

Criterion Maximum score Weighting
Academic achievements
10 40%
Motivation statement
10 20%
Understanding of social work and reflection on personal practice
10 20%
Professional experience (CV)
10 10%
Quality of reference
10 10%

The top applicants will be invited by email to take part in a  Microsoft Team or Telephone interview in mid-March. 

Interview of shortlisted candidates

The interview will last 30-40 minutes is designed to explore candidates’ motivation to study on the ADVANCES course, their critical thinking skills and understanding of social work issues. Candidates will also be able to ask questions about the ADVANCES course. The atmosphere is designed to be relaxed and informative. 

Where possible, interviews will be conducted using Microsoft Teams (audio and/or video).  Alternatively, it will be possible to phone shortlisted candidates on a landline or mobile number.  

Final selection

The final ranking of applicants will be made by combining the scores from the paper applications (50%) with interview performance (50%). Candidates will be informed whether they are offered a place and whether they are recommended to the European Commission for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.  

Please note that the award of a place and Erasmus Mundus scholarship are separate decisions. Unfortunately scholarships are limited and cannot be awarded to all candidates holding a place.  

Once you have been informed that you have been offered a place in the Advances programme along with a Erasmus+ Scholarship you have to sign an Erasmus+ Student Agreement in order to enroll in the programme: 

Erasmus+ Student Agreement (for the September 2020 intake)