European Studies - Research

2 Jahre
bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field (European Studies, Social or Political Science, History, Economics, International Relations, Law, or a similar field. Provided that the Bachelor’s programme included sufficient Europe-oriented component)
Application deadline: EU students: 1 June 2019. Non-EU students and Double Degree applicants: 1 May 2019.
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About European Studies:

Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competences, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

Choose a study specialisation (year 1): Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union.

Choose a graduation package (year 2): Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship.

Unique features

  • A small, close-knit community of students and researchers (average intake 12-15 students)
  • Over 90% international students
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Top-rated faculty (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Scholarships are available towards tuition, maintenance, study abroad and internships

Research skills

The curriculum has an intensive focus on developing skills, such as:
  • Searching for specialist literature
  • Managing bibliographic references
  • Designing a study
  • Interpreting findings
  • Presenting results
  • Writing for publication

European Studies an der Uni Maastricht


Research is the focus in this programme, right from the outset. In the first year, after an eight-week introductory period, you immediately start to specialise in one of three thematic areas and in either qualitative or quantitative research methods. You can choose between of the following specialisations:
  • Historicising European Union
  • Governance and representation in Europe
  • Europe and the world

Your future

Graduates of the research-intensive master’s in European Studies are fully prepared to work as researchers in the field. Most of our alumni either go on to do doctoral research or find a professional research position at a think tank, consultancy, NGO, government agency or private research institute.

Double degree with Cologne

The research-intensive master’s programme in European Studies can also be completed as a double degree programme in cooperation with the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences – one of the top-ranking faculties in this field worldwide.

You will follow the first year in Maastricht, and the second year in Cologne taking courses in European Politics, participating in a master’s colloquium and writing their thesis under the joint supervision of professors from both institutions.

With a double degree, you will have a stronger position in the international labour market, where graduates who have studied in more than one country are increasingly in demand.

If you want to apply for the Double degree, you also have to apply online at the University of Cologne. The deadline is 30. April.

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Grote Gracht 90-92
6211 SZ Maastricht

Phone: + 31 4338 83388

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