European Studies: International Relations

International relations 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 European  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.

International Relations is one specialisation of the Master European Studies. Discover also our other specialisations:

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Bianca Moldovan, Student Ambassador

“During my bachelor’s exchange semester I attended courses in political science and developed an interest in international relations and the political angle of economics. I researched master’s programmes abroad that suited my interests, eager to broaden my horizon. This programme was ranked very highly and Maastricht University is one of the most international universities in Europe. Still, it’s fairly small in size and now that I’m actually living here, I find it easy to connect to people because there is this sense of community.

The programme focuses on the role of the European Union in the global arena, foreign policies, how global challenges affect the EU and vice versa. At the same time, it is also about the collaboration between the member states. I am most interested in political economy, also in relation to other main economies and I am inspired by the dynamics of the global economic system. My ambition is to work for an international organisation or a European institute, focusing on trade policies.”

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Bianca Moldovan, Ambassador MA European Studies 2020-2021

“I’m inspired by the dynamics of the international economic systems, therefore, my goal is to work in an international environment focusing on trade policies.”

Bianca, 22 years old, is from Romania and has a bachelor’s degree in International Business & Economics from the University of Bucharest.

Master's Open Day March 2019


Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 20 November 2021.

Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

  • “I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.”
    John van den Berg, Student Ambassador European Studies 2019-2020
  • “For me, this master’s programme is an ideal steppingstone for a future career in Brussels, preferably working for the European Commission or the European Parliament.”
    Gil Kaufman, Student Ambassador European Studies 2018-2019
  • With my knowledge of banking, finance, international relations and politics, I can see myself in an international organisation like the World Bank or IMF, but perhaps also in politics itself.
    Manuel Rauscher, Student ambassador European Studies 2017-2018
  • During my Bachelors studies, I became interested in politics and international relations. After doing my minor in European Studies, I realised that that was the programme for me.
    David Kaik, European Studies
  • “I always wanted to show the world that I can leave an imprint on society.”
    Siebe Geerts, Student Ambassador European Studies 2016-2017
  • We went on a two-day trip to Brussels and spoke to Business Europe, one of the biggest lobby groups there
    Frank Mütze (The Netherlands), European Studies

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past 1,5 year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life?

The Dutch government allows universities to open their doors again and we are certain we can offer our students a safe environment. Education at FASoS will take place on-campus again as of 30 August 2021. This means we expect all students to be present on location for their educational activities. Any future changes will be announced as soon as possible.

Please visit the web pages below for more details about safety and vaccinations.


  • Dijkstra, Dandashly and Noutcheva

    H2020 grant for Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant.

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  • Hannah Novosad

    FASoS alumna Hanna Novosad appointed minister in Ukraine

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister.

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  • Alum FASoS virginijus-sinkevicius

    MA European Studies alum Virginijus Sinkevičius nominated as European Commissioner

    Monday, August 26, 2019

    The Lithuanian parliament approved the nomination of Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for European commissioner.

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