MSc in European Integration

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Program Description

MSc in European Integration

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions. The Programme operates as a “Master after Master”, required students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.

What can I study? The EuroMaster offers a common core of courses on the essential features of European Integration. Students can choose between two specialisation streams:

• Political and Social Integration (EPSI) • Economic Integration (EEI)

Each stream shares 5 compulsory courses: • The Political Aspects of European Integration (first semester, 6 ECTS) • The Economics of European Integration (first semester, 6 ECTS)
 • The History and Law of European Integration (first semester, 6 ECTS)
 • Research Methods (first and second semester, 3 ECTS) • The EU and the Stakeholders of the Economy (second semester, 6 ECTS) Specific courses for each stream: European Politics and Social Integration (EPSI) • EU Foreign Policy (second semester, 6 ECTS)
 • Cultures in Europe (first semester, 6 ECTS) 
• Civil Society Representation and Diversity in the EU (second semester, 6 ECTS) Economic Integration • European Cohesion Policy (first semester, 6 ECTS) 
• Competition Policy and State Aids (second semester, 6 ECTS) • European Monetary Policy (first semester, 6 ECTS) Master Thesis Students also have to complete a Master Thesis (15 ECTS) on a topic of relevance within the EPSI or EEI framework (first and second semester). Total: 60 ECTS It offers students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. The Master is designed to provide graduate students of different backgrounds with an expert knowledge on European legislation, European institutions and the economic integration process. For whom?

The EuroMaster is oriented towards both full-time students as well as professionals, who seek to deepen their understanding of the EU. For this purpose the Euromaster classes are organised after working hours to enable both full-time students and professionals to attend the lectures. To qualify for admission you should have:

•a university degree equivalent to Master’s degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 240 ECTS. •excellent academic results for both prior degrees of 70% (2nd class honours upper division, Belgian equivalent; upper 2:1 UK equivalent, 2.8/4 GPA). •proven proficiency in English: -TOEFL-test (min. score 233 computer based, min.score 90 internet based, min.score 577 paper based) -IELTS (7); -Cambridge Certficate of Proficiency in English-CPE ; -Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English-CAE (grade B); -ITACE (at the VUB)-C1

For more information visit the IES website

Teaching staff The teaching staff in the IES’Euromaster programme is a unique mixture of renowned EU scholars and top-level EU practitioners who combine academic rigour with the latest practical insights and cultural diversity. Applications and scholarships Visit our website for details on how to apply. For the academic year 2016-2017 all students pay an annual Registration Fee of €750 plus €55 per Study Point/ECTS. Full-time students therefore pay €4.050 for an academic year (60 Study Points/ ECTS). Foreign students must make their own arrangements to be covered by health insurance, valid during their stay in Belgium. The programme offers a limited number of scholarships that take the form of a reduced tuition fee. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstrable need. Students should apply for the tuition waiver when submitting their application for the programme. Career and alumni All IES students can benefit from career advice, including interview preparation and CV review at the VUB Career Centre. The unique service offered by the VUB in cooperation with Randstad was launched in 2011. Clients of the Career Centre include major law firms and the European Commission. To find out more about this excellent service, please go to

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,050 EUR
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Deadline for non EHEA* area students: 1 April 2016
Start date Sept. 2017
Belgium Brussels
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Deadline for non EHEA* area students: 1 April 2016
End date July 1, 2017
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 4,050 EUR
full-time: €750 per year + €55 per ECTS