The master's programme in European Public Affairs was established in 1999, and is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. As policy problems transcend national borders and national problem-solving capacities, there is a need for individuals who are familiar with the complexities of Europe and the European Union and who can reformulate intricate problems in manageable and achievable terms.
From the perspectives of political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration, the programme delves into contemporary policy problems. You will be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration.
The programme is organised in close cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). EIPA is a professional organisation that provides training, research and consultancy within the field of European affairs. The many lectures and workshops by EIPA professionals underline the practice-oriented approach of the programme and allow you to become familiar with the complexities of transnational policy-making. You will be equipped not only with academic skills, but also the tools that you will need in professional practice.
- focuses on Europe, taking cross-national diversity into account, as well as the European Union and its institutions
- is multi-disciplinary, focusing on contemporary issues in the public domain
- is research-based and practice-oriented
- is a one-year master's programme, taught in English
- is selective, with a maximum of 30 students
EPA graduates may develop their careers in public organizations with European or transnational missions. They may also work as managers and staff analysts in non-profit organisations, in public affairs divisions of private corporations, in private firms or in consulting firms.
European Public Affairs at Maastricht University…
- is a one-year practice-oriented Master of Arts programme
- is taught in English
- has a multi-disciplinary perspective
- utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
- has a majority of international students, representing on average 12 different nationalities
- focuses on contemporary European issues in the public realm
- provides the base for a career in European public affairs
- is taught in cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration
If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks.
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Last updated September 22, 2016