Master in European Governance


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today:

  • How do we manage flows of migrants into Europe?
  • How can we regulate financial markets?
  • How can Europe make the transition to a green economy and sustainable forms of energy?
  • Will reforms to welfare states foster economic growth, and if so, how do we approach these reforms?
  • What are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement within the context of European cross-border policing?
  • Are European countries becoming more similar and homogeneous because of the EU?
  • Does the EU unify us as equals or undermine democracy?

These are amongst the most important questions facing Europe today. Each issue involves activities at the local, national and European level, and each requires insight into the fields of economics, law and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home.

Live and Study in Two Different European Locations

The Master in European Governance is a unique double-degree programme offered in partnership with Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), the University of Konstanz (Germany) and University College Dublin (Ireland). As a student in this programme, you will study and live in two different European locations. This means that during the first year of the master, students study at one of the partner universities (Masaryk University Brno, University of Konstanz, University College Dublin). After this, all students will come to Utrecht for the second year of their programme. This will allow you to experience European governance from two different perspectives in the context of uniquely personal experience.

Double Degree

Successful graduates will receive two Master's degrees, one from each university, specifying that the degree was completed in cooperation between the universities. The two degrees are equivalent to the Master’s degree in countries of the four partner universities as follows:

  • Brno (Czech Republic): Magistr/ Magistra (Mgr)
  • Konstanz (Germany): Master of Arts (Ma)
  • Dublin (Ireland): Master of Science (MSc)
  • Utrecht (The Netherlands): Master of Science (MSc)

After Graduation

You will develop the skills to analyse complex problems of European governance from multiple perspectives, including economics, law, political science, and public administration. You will also learn to apply abstract knowledge and theory to real-life problems through case studies, simulations, and policy-oriented research projects. The challenging course content will train you to use academic knowledge to analyse and solve complex problems in different contexts and from different perspectives. This skill set opens up a wide range of job opportunities in local, regional and national governments; EU institutions; other European organisations; non-profit and for-profit organisations; and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance.

Career Prospects

The unique combination of expertise within the participating universities’ faculties offers an exciting opportunity in this challenging international Master’s programme. It provides you with sound academic training that will prepare you for professional positions in a range of organisations:

  • Local, regional and national governments, which are increasingly working in a European context.
  • EU institutions, such as the European Commission and EU agencies.
  • Other international organisations working in Europe.
  • Non-profit organisations that are confronted with issues of European governance.
  • Businesses whose regulatory environment is largely shaped by processes of European governance.
  • Consultancy firms.

Towards a Professional Career

Graduates of the programme typically acquire academic-level jobs in private organisations or organisations with a public function, working in positions such as policy advisor, consultant, researcher or manager at a research or consultancy organisation:

  • Policy advisor at a national ministry, government agency or EU institution
    As a policy advisor, you will develop and/or implement policies. This requires analyzing policy problems, talking to stakeholders and politicians, and coming up with effective and feasible solutions.
  • A lobbyist for an EU-level interest group
    Lobby groups try to influence EU decision-making, representing their membership or mission. As a lobbyist, you will gather information on new developments, talk to decision-makers at the European and national levels and discuss strategy with the members of your organisation.
  • Consultant
    As a consultant, you will work with clients to help them understand and solve the issues they are facing.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less