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What will I learn?

The master's programme in European Public Affairs provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. You will learn to think in European terms and will gain practical experience working in international teams to solve European policy problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. This will prepare you for an excellent career in European public affairs and public service.

The master's programme in European Public Affairs (EPA) provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. The policy context in the European Union is complex, and contemporary policy problems transcend national and disciplinary borders. You will therefore learn various academic concepts, theories and research methods from disciplines such as political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration. You will use this knowledge to research, analyse and critically evaluate EU policy problems. You will also be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration. You will put this knowledge and these skills to work by teaming up with your fellow students to develop concrete solutions to real policy problems.

Programme highlights

  • Focus on teamwork
  • Cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
  • Practical focus: prepares you for the labour market
  • Uses concrete assignments that simulate the professional field of public affairs
  • Truly international: 28 students in the 2015/16 programme come from 12 different countries

Your future

As an EPA graduate, you will be well-qualified for the professional world, having acquired a thorough understanding of the complex EU policy making processes and exceptional experience in identifying, analysing, tackling and communicating complex problems in an international environment.

You will be an academic professional who:

  • Can understand and critically evaluate the complex system of European governance
  • Is capable of understanding and analysing contemporary EU policy problems
  • Is capable of researching and presenting solutions for such policy problems
  • Has well developed know-how for strategically influencing the EU policy process to address such policy problems

Your practical skills will not be your only asset. Given that around 90% of EPA students and many staff members come from abroad, you will also be internationally orientated. In fact, about one third of our graduates are offered a job at their internship organisation before they've even graduated.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

  • You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant prior course, for example, philosophy or sociology. You must obtained good marks in your prior qualifications, and should have relevant work experience.
  • IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 and writing minimum score 6.5
  • TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90 and writing minimum score 25
  • TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 575
  • TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 232
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).
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