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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in European Studies focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration. The programme looks beyond the institutions of the European Union and the mechanics of European integration to examine global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context. The programme employs an interdisciplinary approach, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture.

European Politics & International Relations

This specialisation is about the EU as an international player. Trade, energy, the environment, finance, migration, and conflict some issues are just too big for a single member state to tackle alone. You will look at how different countries with their own interests, militaries, and diplomatic corps come together to deal with common challenges. You will examine the types of ethical and practical issues underpinning international cooperation and conflict. Key themes include international relations theory and foreign policy analysis, insights from political economy, human rights law and other fields.

These issues have acquired new urgency with so much turmoil in the world, from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the instability in Ukraine to heightened economic cooperation among the BRICS countries. You will address issues of war and peace, trade and economic integration, environment and climate change, and more.

You will:

Develop the ability to independently analyse EU external policies and the political, institutional and cultural context in which they were made

Analyse the international role and behaviour of the EU using various theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks from international relations (rationalism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical approaches)

Learn to master practical skills, such as policy research, negotiation techniques, presentation skills, small-group project work.

Your future

The European Studies programme prepares you for policy-oriented professions in middle management or higher. Though the programme has a strong European focus, the international dimension also plays a big role. With your all-round grasp of European institutions and integration, as well as experience in international teams and practical project work, you can look for work in:

  • Regional, national or European administration and governance
  • Non-governmental organisations and think tanks
  • Diplomatic services and international organisations
  • Consultancy and public affairs
  • International journalism
  • Academia and public policy research

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


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



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

Graduates from a relevant university bachelor’s programme are eligible for admission. If you have a bachelor's degree from a European Studies programme, or from a relevant academic field, and/or have followed some modules on European Union can apply. Relevant fields are for example: political science, international relations, law, economics, history, cultural studies.

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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