MA European Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA European Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

European Studies

The Master of Arts in European Studies focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration. The programme looks beyond the institutions of the European Union and the mechanics of European integration to examine global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context. The programme employs an interdisciplinary approach, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture. The programme is entirely taught in English.

The programme offers three specialisations:

  • European Politics and International Relations, concentrating on the international position and politics of the European Union (EU) as a political entity
  • European Public Policy and Administration, focusing on the political and administrative mechanisms and balances between the institutions of the European Union, its member states and civil societies
  • Europe in a Globalising World, focusing on Europe and its member states’ shifting role on the world stage in parallel to the process of decolonisation, economic internationalisation and globalisation.

The faculty has a permanent research programme centred around administrative governance and the role of the EU in the world. These topics make up the core of the curriculum. Staff members are active in both national networks (such as the Netherlands Institute of Governance) and international research communities (such as CONNEX), contributing regularly to academic debate in international peer-reviewed journals. Accordingly, the programme has a strong political and analytical orientation.

Fast facts

European Studies at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme
  • is taught entirely in English
  • is a selective programme, with approximately 75 to 90 students each year
  • requires solid preliminary knowledge of European history, the institutional structure of the EU and methods / theories of social science
  • combines theoretical expertise, project work and skills training
  • offers specialisations in European International Politics, European Politics and Administration and Europe in a Globalising World
  • leads to the completion of a significant piece of original writing by the student acting in the capacity of independent researcher (a thesis of 12-15,000 words)
  • boasts a diverse, international student body, representing on average 12 different nationalities
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • prepares students for administrative and policy-oriented positions
  • is worth 60 ects (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)
  • does not include an internship as part of the programme
  • is not a programme focusing on European languages, literature and culture

Summer School

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 20, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
2,006 EUR
June 1, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline June 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 2,006 EUR