MA European Studies: Governing Europe

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA European Studies: Governing Europe

University of Amsterdam

Contemporay Europe and the EU

The European Studies programme Governing Europe offers:

  • Deep understanding of policy making and international relations in contemporary Europe and the EU.
  • A unique combination of Politics, Law, Economics and History.
  • Thorough training in analytical and communication skills that are essential in a professional research and policy environment, both at home and abroad.

In Governing Europe you study contemporary Europe and the EU. This one-year programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. Governing Europe enables you to unravel the various political, legal, economic and historical patterns that affect contemporary international governance and policy in Europe and its border regions. The programme teaches you to argue a well-informed view on European and EU affairs and provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills that are essential in research or policy environments.

European Studies at the UvA

Perceptions of Europe and its cultures, and policy-making processes are the primary themes of European Studies at the UvA. What structures past or present contribute to the realization of a political, legal and economic order? How do Europeans, European states and their institutions perceive and present themselves? Special attention is devoted to Europe’s relation to the world, and particularly to Eastern Europe. The lecturers and researchers who teach in this programme have extensive expertise in various aspects of Europe, both past and present.

Degree certificate

Governing Europe is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Programme structure

The Master's in Governing Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for core courses
  • 24 credits for electives
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis


The mandatory courses of Governing Europe give an in-depth introduction to theories of governance, international policies and European integration in Europe. Particular attention is devoted to the geopolitics and international relations of European affairs. Politics, Law, Economics and History of European integration are the corner stones of the programme. In addition, students can choose from various electives that focus on a range of topics, such as:

  • Neoliberalism in Europe
  • European Law
  • EU cultural policy
  • The history of European unity and integration
  • European cultural or public sphere
  • Russia and Eastern Europe

A thorough research project that results in a thesis of 18EC is the pinnacle of your MA programme. Upon completion you will have gained deep understanding of policy making and international relations in Europe, and will have the necessary skills to conduct independent research in this field.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.