MSc in European Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc in European Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Research Master

The Research Master European Studies is a two-year interdisciplinary programme leading to a Master of Science degree. The programme’s focus is on doing research into the politics and policies of the European Union and into the wider historical and international contexts of the process of European integration. It is an interdisciplinary programme combining political science and the study of international relations with history and the cultural sciences. The overall objective of the programme is to equip future PhD students and analysts with a broad range of scientific methods and theoretical approaches relevant to the analysis of European phenomena.

The programme operates in close cooperation with other universities, with European Union institutions, other Brussels-based actors and with the national administrations of the European Union member states.

Double degree

The research master’s programme European Studies can also be studied as a double degree programme in co-operation with the University of Cologne.

Fast facts

The Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University…

  • is a two-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Science programme
  • is taught in English
  • offers the possibility to follow a double degree track, which results in two master's diplomas: first year of the programme at Maastricht University, second year at the University of Cologne
  • combines political science and the study of international relations with history and the cultural sciences
  • explores the politics, policies and administration of the European Union
  • pays attention to the wider historical, cultural and international contexts of the process of European integration
  • uses a distinctive didactic model
  • places an emphasis on doing research
  • culminates in a master’s thesis

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the RMES programme must have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies, or a Bachelor’s degree in Social or Political Science, History, Economics, International Relations, Law, or a similar field, provided that the Bachelor’s programme included sufficient Europe-oriented components
  • strong academic abilities, as demonstrated by examples of individually written essays and by grades obtained in prior education
  • a keen interest to pursue research in the field of European integration and not be afraid to work hard within an intellectually demanding programme, as outlined in the letter of motivation

Language requirements

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet the requirement concerning a sufficient command of English by passing one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 7.0, or
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of at least 100 (TOEFL internet), and a writing score of at least 28; or with an overall score of at least 600 (TOEFL paper) or 250 (TOEFL computer) with an equivalent minimum writing score; or
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

The results of the TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificates must be uploaded before the applicable deadline (May 1, 2016 for NON-EU students and June 1, 2016 for EU students). Results received after this date will not be taken into consideration and therefore your application file will be considered as incomplete. Be aware of the fact that it can take some time before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! Applicants who are native English speakers and/or have obtained an English-taught bachelor’s degree are exempted from the language proficiency test.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a letter of motivation (800-1200 words) that outlines:
    • why you are interested in the Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University;
    • which of the following three themes you are most interested in, giving examples of research questions that appeal to you within these themes: 1) the history of the European integration process; 2) governance and representation in the European Union; 3) Europe and the world (see here for a description of these themes);
    • what kind of training you had so far in research methods and whether you are most experienced and/or interested in qualitative or quantitative research methods;
    • only if you want to apply for the Double Degree at Cologne University, why you are interested in this option.
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a photocopy of your valid passport or EU ID-card
  • a recent passport picture
  • a certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)
  • two writing samples, i.e. an essay in English, written by the applicant, either for this application or for earlier studies or other occasions. It is preferable, but not absolutely necessary, that the topic is related to European Studies. There are no requirements as to the length of the essay.
  • the "Double Degree" form in which you indicate whether or not you wish to apply want or do not want to apply for the Double Degree together with the University of Cologne. Please download the form here, fill it in and upload it in "My UM"under "Double degree".
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)

Please note that only complete application files (including English Language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board will try to respond within 4 weeks.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. Before 1 September 2016 we need a certified hard copy of your Bachelor diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor degree before or on 31 August 2016. This declaration should mention the official graduation date which should be the same date as the date on the Bachelor Diploma.

Please note that applying for admission to this programme in the academic year 2016/2017 is possible as of 1 October 2015.

Selection Interview

An interview may be part of the selection procedure for admission to this programme. Selection interviews will take part in the period from April throughout June 2016.

Double degree

Students who wish to enrol in the double degree track (first year of the Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University, second year at the University of Cologne in the master’s programme Political Science), need to indicate this in their motivation letter when applying. Their application will be assessed by the Boards of Admissions of both Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. With regard to the thematic specialisation to be discussed in the letter of motivation for Maastricht University (see under ‘Required Documents’) please note that –given the focus of the courses offered at the University of Cologne (political science)- students who apply for the Double Degree should specialise in either research theme 2 (“Governance and Representation in Europe”) or research theme 3 (“Europe and the World”).

Important: If you want to apply for the Double Degree you also have to apply online at University of Cologne.

Maastricht University will inform applicants about their admission within 4 weeks after their complete application. Please note that the University of Cologne will inform their applicants mid-July.



Last updated February 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
3,968 EUR
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Deadline
June 1, 2016
Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2016 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2016*
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline June 1, 2016
Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2016 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2016*
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 3,968 EUR