Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Introduction

The Institute for European Studies is an autonomous department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It was created in 2001 through an initiative taken by the Flemish Government. As a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the IES teaches advanced Master programmes, and focuses on interdisciplinary research in European Studies, more specifically on the role of the EU in an international setting. Within this scope, the IES provides academic services to scholars, policymakers and the general public.

The Institute’s central location in Brussels, the capital of Europe, makes it an ideal workplace for both students and established scholars wishing to conduct research in an international and interdisciplinary setting. The IES provides also an ideal forum for conferences and workshops on European issues.

The mission of the IES is threefold:

  1. Providing advanced education: through its LL.M in International and European Law, MA in European Integration and Development ("Euromaster"), its annual Summer School on the European Decision-Making Process and its 3 E-Learning modules on European Law, Institutions and Information Sources.
  2. Carrying out scientific research: research is coordinated by the IES Academic Director and conducted by PhD researchers as well as post-doctoral Senior Research Fellows that lead research clusters.
  3. Providing scientific services in the field of European Studies: organizing annual conferences, regular workshops and repeated lecture series, and by conducting commissioned research.

The Institute collaborates closely with numerous universities and research institutions in Belgium, Europe and internationally. These partnerships and the continuous exchange of new ideas with practitioners and scholars allows the IES to strengthen its research goals and produce a high-level blend of conceptual and practical expertise con all major EU policies.

Strategy

Research at the IES focuses on the EU in an international context. It explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalisation and international law and politics. Research projects analyse the role of the EU as a global actor and the interaction between the internal and external dimensions of EU policies. They also address the inter-relationship between the EU and international organisations. To this end, the Institute fosters an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal, economic, social and political expertise. It focuses on forward-looking research that produces policy-relevant results of interest to political decision-makers and the academic community.

Major Research Themes

While IES research principally embraces a wide range of European studies, the Institute focuses its resources on an evolving set of research cluster:

  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Migration, diversity and justice
  • International security
  • European Economic Governance

These clusters are nurtured by means of launching own research projects (principally at PhD level) as well as raising funds from external sponsors.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

This school also offers:


MSc in European Integration

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

An evening programme about the EU on the doorstep of its main institutions. That’s in a nutshell how we could describe the MSc in European Integration, a 60 ECTS Advanced Master at the VUB's Institute for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels. We’ve updated the curriculum in 2017 to offer you the choice to study 2 policy field specialisations, which will be mentioned on your degree. You have the flexibility to obtain this Advanced Master degree in 1 or 2 years. It’s a very international programme and has a balanced classroom mix of young professionals and full-time students. [+]

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”, requiring 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 4 courses (21 ECTS) on the essential features of European Integration:... [-]


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Contact

Institute for European Studies

Address Pleinlaan 5, 1st floor
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Website http://www.ies.be/
Phone +32 2 614 80 01