MSc European Studies

University of Twente

Program Description

MSc European Studies

University of Twente

Managing Europe is a complex challenge, which can be largely attributed to the fact that Europe consists of various dimensions that result from a complicated system of government bodies.

National structures are traditionally being replaced on an increasingly frequent basis and work carried out in an open, multi-level structure. The European Studies Master’s degree programme focuses on the complex environment in which the various levels of government come together.

Besides the normal one-year European Studies Master’s programme, students are able to choose for an unique opportunity: a special 1,5-year degree programme offered jointly by a Dutch and a German university. Lectures are held at the University of Twente and the Institute for Political Science (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster). Students who successfully complete this programme receive a ‘Dutch-German’ diploma.

This programme has no specializations.

Program Structure

The European Studies Master’s degree programme implies two possibilities:

- The one-year European Studies Master’s degree programme. Students who successfully complete this degree programme receive a Dutch diploma. This programme starts in September.

- The 1,5-year European Studies Master’s degree programme. Students who successfully complete this degree programme receive a Dutch and a German diploma. The University of Twente offers this unique degree programme in association with the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. This programme starts in September (at the University of Twente) and in April (at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster).


In the case of the one-year programme there is also the choice of doing the “Regulation Module” instead of the regular programme. This involves three modules from the general programme and three other specialization modules that deal with regulation in Europe.

The ES master’s degree programme is taught entirely in English. During the first semester, students complete six 5 EC subjects at the University of Twente based on the multi-disciplinary approach (30 EC). The courses combine theory and practice. Students are expected to work both independently and in teams, to conference centres for seminars and to international destinations for internships and graduation assignments. The subjects employ a variety of educational methods. Lectures, seminars and block seminars are offered. Students will have to write papers individually and in groups, as well as learn how to present and discuss them. Most subjects also include a written exam. Distance learning facilities are used frequently. The language of instruction is English.

Career Perspectives

ES graduates can work as civil servants in Brussels, for instance, at the Directorates-General of the European Commission or at one of the other EU institutions. In most cases, however, European integration specialists work for national ministries, sub-national governmental bodies, consultancy firms, secretariats of international organisations, private sector companies, NGOs or trade unions. Graduates can also pursue a career in journalism or science. After all, knowledge of the EU’s inner workings has become a key requirement of many jobs, and – with the growing complexity of the European system – the demand for specialists in this field continues to increase.

Admission Criteria

European Studies distinguishes two types of (inter)national education;

1. Research Universities (primarily responsible for research-oriented programmes)

2. Universities (college) for professional education (prepares students particular for more practical professions)

The admissions committee has specific requirements depending on your degree. We distinguish two categories: International degree and National degree.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 18 months
Full time
1,672 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Enschede
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 18 months
Price 1,672 EUR
per year.€10,000/year for non-EU citizen