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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 Public Policy & Administration

This specialisation examines the notoriously complex and dynamic workings of the EU. From agenda setting and decision making to policy implementation and evaluation, from how power and influence work in Brussels to how EU policies are applied in the member states – this specialisation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at each step in the process of EU policymaking and governance. You will take part in a workshop on the transposition of European directives into national legislation, and you will examine the role of civil society in EU integration and policymaking. You will gain a thorough understanding of new modes of governance in the EU.

You will:

  • Learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to practical, interdisciplinary case studies
  • Develop the ability to critically appraise EU developments using conceptual insights from public policy studies
  • Develop professional skills such as drafting of policy documents, rhetoric, negotiation and policy analysis and evaluation.

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 (11,27,451) 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 are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International Laws if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: European Law School, Dutch Law, or Tax law. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law. English language requirements: IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100); 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)].

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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