International Network

MEST  (European Masters in Employment Studies)
The programme is part of the Network in Labour Studies (, which allows students form 12 first-class European Universities to complete the European Master in Labour Studies (EMLS-MEST).
The MEST programme is a response to the increasing need to take European and cross-national interdependencies and their consequences for work and employment into consideration.
Initiated in 1988, it educates future specialists in work, employment relations and social policies : human resource managers, labour law experts, work psychologists, policy-makers and consultants. It develops these future professionals’ capacity to :

  • interpret political, economic and cultural characteristics and trends affecting work and employment within national systems ;
  • consider similarities and differences across countries as well as cross-country interdependencies, by using a comparative approach ;
  • take account of the impact of European integration and globalisation on employment practices.
    With these aims in mind, the MEST programme does not concentrate only on student mobility, but consists of a joint programme between several institutions that genuinely integrates the comparative dimension with a European-level approach to employment studies.
    The partners are:
 ISCTE-IUL Lisbon University Institute
 Universität Bremen
 University College Dublin (UCD)
 UCL Ecole des Sciences
 Università degli Studi di Milano
 Università degli Studi di Firenze
 Universität Trier
 University of Warwick
 Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Students enrolled on the MLS programme can spend a study period abroad as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. Erasmus+ will provide opportunities to study, train, and gain work experience. Students can go abroad for 3 to 12 months (including a complementary traineeship period, if planned). The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad for a total of up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study. At the end of their study period students will receive full recognition for activities satisfactorily completed during the mobility period. The mobility is carried out in the framework of prior “inter-institutional agreements” between the sending and receiving institutions.

Students can also join the traineeship programme (Placement). They may go abroad from 2 to 12 months. They can start their traineeship from the first year of study. The duration of a traineeship by recent graduates counts towards the 12 months maximum of the cycle during which they apply for the traineeship. The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad for a total of up to 12 months maximum per cycle of study. For a traineeship which is an integral part of the curriculum, the sending institution must give full academic recognition for the period spent abroad. For a traineeship that is not part of the curriculum of the student, the sending institution shall provide recognition at least by recording this period in the Diploma Supplement or, in the case of recent graduates, by providing a traineeship certificate.