What does the future hold for the European Union? Are its founding ideals of peace and prosperity strong enough to overcome public distrust about further integration? Find out in this programme.

European Integration is one of six tracks within the Master's degree in International Relations.

European integration is a unique phenomenon. Nowhere else in the world have national states decided to a such a far-reaching form of cooperation and 'pooling' of resources as has been the case within the framework of the present-day European Union. Despite the problems the EU is facing nowadays, the economies and currencies, and to a certain extent also the political and social systems of the member countries, have become 'Europeanised' to a considerable extent. This fascinating development is studied in the specialization European Integration in Groningen.

Programme 1 year This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in European Integration) and a Capita European Integration, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of European Integration) and you will do an internship.

Programme options

Master's placement (specialization)

A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.

You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Programme schedule

University of Groningen

Because the track starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars European Integration are: 'Markets as Institutions', 'The Netherlands and the EU: Politics, Economics and Security', and 'The EU as a Policy Actor'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.

Study abroad

It is optional to do a master internship abroad.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.
previous education Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply.

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete the pre-Master's programme first
  • a student cannot be admitted

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2018-2019 €2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €11400 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018, 15 October 2018 01 September 2018, 01 February 2019
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018, 15 October 2018 01 September 2018, 01 February 2019

Job prospects

The Master's track is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.

Research on European Integration (EI)

EI research investigates the complex, multilayered structure of the European Union. The EU is studied as a unique example of regional cooperation, increasingly influenced by global developments.

EI research focuses on actors, institutions, policy-making and decision-making in the European context, studied in past and present. Not only the interests of institutions and actors are subject to study, but also the ideas and values on which these interests are based and which find their expression in the policy-making process.

Three central research areas can be distinguished:

1. Research into the mutual relationship between ‘founding father’ the Netherlands and the European Union. To what extent has this relationship been subject to change during the most recent decades and how should this possible change be explained?

2. Research into the EU’s internal security policies (the former ‘third pillar’ of the EU Treaty) since the Lisbon Treaty. What is the current state of affairs regarding EU cooperation in the areas of police and justice and what are the main developments in (communitarian) asylum- and migration-policies? How do the latter affect the process of policy-making and administration in the member-states?

3. Research into the relationship between the EU and two important (emerging) regions outside Europe: North Africa and South East Asia. Concerning North Africa, particular emphasis is placed on democratization movements in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, as a direct consequence of the ‘Arab Spring’. With respect to South East Asia, the focus is on EU-China relations, in particular, the process of EU inter-institutional policy-making regarding the PRC.

Program taught in:

See 110 more programs offered by University of Groningen »

This course is Campus based
Start Date
12 months
11,400 EUR
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date
Application deadline
End Date