Want to develop leadership skills to address some of the most pressing issues currently engaging governments, European and international organizations, as well as businesses and social movements?

Want to join the next generation of creative and forward-looking decision-shapers in society?

Keen to master your capacity to work in an intercultural environment?

Choose the new Master in European and Global Studies at the University of Padova.

Course description

EGoS is a Master’s degree completely taught in English aimed at future leading professionals who will be working in European and global politics, administration and communication.

During the course, students acquire knowledges, competences, methods and analytical tools to understand political, social and cultural processes, to develop and manage projects at European and international levels. Students also learn to effectively intervene in multi-actor and multi-level settings through innovative, critical and interdisciplinary approaches and the cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices.

Students also develop global perspectives on political and institutional scenarios, communication and technological developments, coupled with solid roots in the analysis of political, historical, social and economic contexts in several contexts and countries, and develop skills aimed at planning of specific strategies for intervention.

Students benefit from an international learning environment in Padova, but also abroad exploiting the network of more than 40 university partners for the Erasmus+ program, bilateral agreements and other structured partnerships.

Double degree with the University of Kraków; double degree with other universities are being developed.

Course structure

The programme is articulated around a common track, providing multidisciplinary knowledge and competences, and two thematic tracks.

Courses offered in the common track (1st year) cover the fields of history of ideas, political philosophy, political science, law, economics, sociology and applied linguistics.

The two thematic tracks (2nd year) maintain a common pedagogic vision, but are dedicated, respectively, to European and Global policies: the European Policiestrack is devoted to the multidisciplinary analysis of the main policy and governance challenges that the European Union is facing, whereas the Global Communication Policies track focuses on how governance, communication and digital transformations intersect on emerging policy and societal challenges.

Common track (1st year)

  • Public Management and Multi-Level Governance (9 credits)
  • European and Global Economics (6 credits)
  • EU and International Law (6 credits)
  • Terrorism and Security in International History (9 credits)
  • Governing Transnational Processes (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Contemporary Political Thought (6 credits)
  • Module B – Decolonial strategies (6 credits)
  • Social Research Methods (6 credits)
  • English as a Global Language (6 credits)

European Policies track (2nd year)

  • Policy Design and Implementation (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Sustainable Development Policies in Europe (6 credits)
  • Module B – Project Management and Policy Evaluation (6 credits)
  • European Economic Policy (6 credits)
  • EU-US Relations (6 credits) OR Lobbying the EU: Theory and Practice (6 credits)
  • History of European Integration (6 credits) OR Conflicts in European and Global History (6 credits)

Global Communication Policies track (2nd year)

  • Global Communication Governance (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Communication governance and transnational networks (6 credits)
  • Module B – Digital innovation and society (6 credits)
    • European and Global Citizenship (6 credits) OR Gender, EU Politics and Globalisation (6 credits)
    • International History of Science and Technology (6 credits)
    • Digital Citizenship and Law (6 credits)

Students are also required to write a final thesis (15 credits), choose from a range of electives (12 credits), take part in workshops or do an internship (6 credits).

Career opportunities

The Course aims at transferring knowledge and developing skills to access leading positions such as:

  • policy analysts, public managers (at all levels), project developers and managers, policy evaluators;
  • directors of international offices in public, private and academic institutions;
  • experts on the interplay of science, technology and society, to support digital policy elaboration, ICT application to societal challenges, Internet governance;
  • gender experts for inclusive and responsive governance in policy planning, project managements, technological development;
  • managers of virtual exchanges for multi-sited team working towards community building, cultural conflict transformations, critical approaches to safety and sustainability;
  • academic and non- academic researchers.

You will be trained to work within professional contexts that require specialized professionals able to design and manage innovative and forward looking strategies in multi-level environments, such as: public administrations, European institutions, international organizations, research centers, universities, consultancy firms, interest representation groups at various levels of government. The skills acquired will also be useful in areas such as development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, cultural diversity and integration programmes, gender-sensitive cultural and policy interventions, analysis and planning for social change.

In those contexts, you will be able to elaborate projects, manage and coordinate activities linked to decision-making, policy design, implementation and monitoring to critically support strategic paths of internationalization and innovation.

Entry requirements

  1. University Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Italian Laurea triennale of at least 180 credits.
    Students may come from a number of disciplinary fields, including: political science, international relations and diplomacy; international economics, management, cooperation and development; intercultural communication, media and cultural studies; international law; linguistics; political philosophy; geography; psychology; sociology; history.
  2. Academic attainment: a degree classification equivalent to at least 90/110 in the Italian system.

Should it not be possible to properly assess the candidate’s background in accordance with the curricular requisites set forth above, a Commission will decide on the admission based on the candidate’s overall academic career and CV.

A ranking list will be drawn up of non-EU citizens not residing in Italy to be used if the number of eligible candidates exceeds the number of places available (51).

Language requirements

English: level B2

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 12, 2019
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2 years
2,507 EUR
Fees for for a.y. 2018/19. Fees can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.
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