Master in European Studies

International Graduate Center (IGC)

Program Description

Master in European Studies

International Graduate Center (IGC)

Our vision is to prepare students for European leadership roles in the private and public sector. We have designed the program to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and up-to-date study of economic and political dynamics in Europe.

Studies in European private and public management, in European economics, law and politics, an intensive seminar in Brussels plus a period of practical training offer an ideal combination of theoretical knowledge, management education, practical skills and European expertise. Our unique blend of international academic expertise and application-oriented classes make this an exceptional experience.

Added value will be offered by looking at the current crisis in the EU and discussing possible solutions.

Five reasons to study MES

  • to learn about ways to solve the European crisis
  • to get an updated overview of European economic and business development, EU law and politics and the EU in the international dimension
  • to acquire the tools to apply for European funds
  • to build a network with international students and lecturers from all over the world
  • to increase your employment opportunities with a highly respected postgraduate degree


The program has been designed to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date study of economic and political dynamics in Europe. Graduates from both Europe and beyond will develop an in-depth understanding of the central issues facing Europe at all levels of the economy and administration, and acquire the tools to work with European institutions. Studies in European private and public management, in European economics, law and politics, an intensive seminar in Brussels plus an optional period of practical training offer an ideal combination for acquiring theoretical knowledge, management training, practical skills and European expertise. Our unique blend of academic expertise and application-oriented classes make this an exceptional experience.

The faculty is composed of international and national university lecturers and EU practitioners. Emphasis is laid on an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and learning, group work, discussions and a lively exchange between participants. Due to the international set-up of the program, students will be confronted with the need to cope with the cultural and individual differences that arise in a multicultural setting, familiarising them with working across cultures and working in international teams.

Our program will help you to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for your future career, including critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, inter-personal, teamwork, presentation and coordination skills and, very important, crosscultural skills.

Key features

Key features of the program include:

  • Practice-oriented post-graduate education with an international emphasis
  • Studies in European public and private management
  • One year full-time
  • International lecturers and students
  • Intensive seminar in Brussels
  • Meet the Europeans program with guest lecturers and excursions
  • A three-day visit to Berlin
  • Optional Practical training
  • Orientation week


The main objective of the program is to convey a sound a specialist knowledge of European public and private management. The course consists of 10 modules (explained in detail in Course Content) providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to key factors of European integration.

The modules will be divided between lectures and seminars. Lectures provide a thorough grounding in the essentials of European business and management, policies and law. In the seminars, students will develop specialist knowledge in a variety of fields.

Master thesis

On completing the course work students opt for a Master’s Thesis in one of the core areas. For the Master’s Thesis, candidates are expected to use their theoretical understanding to deal with a European topic in a methodologically correct manner. The time allotted is 12 weeks. Candidates may propose a theme or project of their own choice.

Studying at Hochschule Bremen

Currently, Hochschule Bremen has approx. 8500 students from more than 100 countries in more than 50 degree programmes, covering the areas of business, engineering, science, economics, social science and the humanities. Depending on the course, degree-seeking students are awarded the traditional German academic degree (‘Diplom’) or a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Hochschule Bremen is well known for its international approach, with 258 university partnership programmes world-wide, as well for its close co-operation between the University and regional industry. UAS Bremen is accredited as a national higher education institution and has received numerous awards, including one named Best-Practice University in 2000 by the CHE, the Centre for University Development; it was honoured by the Association of Sponsors of German Arts and Science for its instituted reforms, won the Marketing Prize "Highlight 2001" from the Marketing-Club Bremen and the DAAD-Prize for International University Marketing in 2000.

Target Group

It is a truly international program with students coming from all over the world, including Canada, the USA, Greece, India, China, Vietnam, Latvia, Germany, Korea, France, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Chile, Japan and many more. Throughout the years, Hochschule Bremen has been receiving several students who had previously been selected by national or international boards to achieve a national or European scholarship, for example students from Mexico (Alban), Poland (DAAD), Romania (Phare), Turkey (Jean Monnet) or Kosovo.

The course provides up to 25 places for applicants and is open to postgraduates with an academic degree in Public Policy/ or Management, Economics or Business, Political Sciences or Law. Students come from different backgrounds and benefit from opportunities to develop a European perspective and to broaden their knowledge and skills in significant aspects of European management. Due to the demanding time frame high academic standards and a very diligent work schedule are required.


In order to apply you will need to comply with specific qualifications and need to hand in complete application documentations. Application deadline is May 31st 2016. The course is subject to a tuition fee of 7,900 Euro per academic year plus ~ € 290 study fee per semester (includes free usage of public transportation in and around Bremen and Lower Saxony).

Applicants must hold a German or international degree (qualified bachelor) in public policy or management, economics or business, political science or law or a comparable degree of the German mark “Good (2)” or ECTS grade “B”. Fluency in English is required and must be demonstrated (by students whose native language is not English) with the TOEFL exam (minimum of 220 points computer-based or 560 paper-based) or an equivalent test like the IELTS (at least 6,0).

Applications must include: a registration form, a curriculum vitae, a photograph, proof of his/ her university degree, a letter of recommendation from an employer/ university teacher, an essay outlining the candidate’s interest in the programme and career goals, the address and telephone number (e-mail address, if available) to which all correspondence should be sent. Thorough knowledge of and/or interest in international, intercultural and European topics must seem convincing As far as the candidate has work experience, e.g. within international organizations and firms or in the Foreign Service, this will be considered during the selection process.

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International Graduate Center (IGC)

Last updated August 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
2 semesters
Full time
7,500 EUR
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Bremen city, Bremen
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Duration 2 semesters
Price 7,500 EUR
plus semester fee of ~290 Euro