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.
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After studying European Studies and Political Science in Norway, Evelyn decided to pursue a master’s programme in International Relations at FASoS. Having Dutch roots contributed to Evelyn’s choice to come to Maastricht.
Why Evelyn chose to study European Studies – International Relations:
“Norway has very close relations with the European Union but is not a Member State. This makes the relationship between Norway and the EU a very special one. I have a particular interest in defense and security policy and hope to become a contributor to the representation of Norway in international institutions in a few years from now. Furthermore, when studying in Maastricht you meet people from all over Europe and from all over the world .”
“I love that I can live and study in a city that played such an important role in the history of European integration.”
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The programme allows you to evaluate the underlying reasons of your own viewpoints, questioning your beliefs and discovering the structures and processes that have an impact on the way the international order is designed.
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.
I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.
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.
Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant.
Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister.
The Lithuanian parliament approved the nomination of Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for European commissioner.
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