ECTS Mechanisms

The Erasmus Mundus Master DMKM takes advantage, to quantify and evaluate the study period of students, of the ECTS assignment mechanism already in use at each partner university. According to the ECTS mechanism,  “grading” is based on a five-mark scale, with the following definition:

ECTS ScaleDefinitionBest next
AExcellent10,00 %
BAbove Average25,00 %
CAverage30,00 %
DBelow Average25,00 %
EJust sufficient10,00 %
FXFail - some more work required before the credit can be awarded
FFail - considerable further work is required

To ease the comparison and the harmonization, here report here the grading scale used in each of the countries participating to the Master and its corresponding meaning.


Universities and high schools usually use a 20-point scale:

18-20Congratulations (Félicitations du jury are not an official grade)
16-17Very good (Très Bien : TB)
14-15Good (Bien: B)
12-13Satisfactory (Assez Bien : AB)
10-11Pass (Passable: P)
0-9Fail (Insuffisant : I)


Universities use a 30-point scale:

ECTS GradeDefinition% of successful studentsCorresponding Italian grades
AExcellent10%30-30 cum Laude
BVery Good25%27-29
FX-FFail 0-17


High education uses a 10-point scale. Marks are rounded to one decimal place.

The following table gives a rough approximation of the correspondence between grades in Spanish academic records and ECTS:

Estimated ECTS GradeDefinition
Grade in Spanish
Academic Records

A Matrícula de Honor Highest 5% 9.0-10.0
A Sobresaliente Highest 10% 9.0-10.0
B-C Notable Next 55% 7.0-8.9
D-E Aprobado Next 35% 5.0-6.9
FX-F Suspenso

To get the diploma  the students must obrtain 120 ECTS after their four semesters study. Among the taught modules, we distinguish three categories: common courses (CC), specialty courses (SC) and methodology (MC) or language (LC). The credit value associated to each common course or specialty course module is 4 ECTS, while the credit value of methodology and language modules is 3.

During the first semester, the students need to follow 6 “common modules”, one “language module” and one “methodology module”, which corresponds to 6x4 + 2x3 = 30 ECTS

During the second and third semester, the students must follow two “common modules”, four “speciality modules” and two “language modules”. It is supposed that  students follow two different language courses. Usually, one corresponds to the language of the country where they are staying and the other to the language of the country where they will stay. However, it is also possible for them to improve their English. For each of the second and the third semester this corresponds to 2×4 + 4×4 +2×3 = 30 ECTS. Note that the students have to choose two specialties, one for each semester that are locally taught. Consequently, they have to visit the places where those specialties are taught.

The practical training in an industrial environment or in an academic laboratory that lasts all the fourth semester is scored 30 ECTS.

The following table summarizes all this information:

SemesterCommon coursesSpeciality coursesLanguage courseMethodologyECTS
1st semester6 → 6x4=24 ects 1 → 3 ects1 → 3 ects30 ects
2nd semester2 → 2x4=8 ects4 → 4x4=16 ects2 → 2x3=6 ects 30 ects
3rd semester2 → 2x4=8 ects4 → 4x4=16 ects2 → 2x3=6 ects 30 ects
4th semesterPractical training in an industrial environment or in an academic laboratory 30 ECTS30 ects

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