European Studies

How can we understand the EU’s response to the financial crisis or to the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia? How do we account for the EU’s reaction to the refugee crisis provoked by conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa? What is Europe’s peacekeeping role and capacity? The master's programme in European Studies trains you to answer these complex questions. Because you cannot study Europe from just one angle, the programme examines global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. This student-centred, interdisciplinary programme is among the largest, and certainly the most international, in Europe and has an excellent reputation. You will study the internal and external dimensions of European policy, governance and administration. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture within the European milieu and between Europe and the wider world.

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Manuel Rauscher, Student Ambassador Master European Studies

Manuel is from Germany, he completed a double degree bachelor’s programme in Banking and Finance in Germany and International Accounting and Finance in Wales and chose to come to Maastricht University for the master’s programme in European Studies. “I’ve always wanted to study abroad to improve my language skills, on an academic level as well, and broaden my views. That is also why I decided to build on the international aspects of my bachelor’s programme but move on to a different topic, European Politics and International Relations, one of the tracks in my master’s programme. The interdisciplinary and international approach is a perfect fit with my academic knowledge and experiences so far, also with my work experience as a management consultant. It’s one of the aspects that drew me to Maastricht University and this particular programme, next to the diversity of students and the Problem-Based Learning environment. So far, I’m extremely happy with my choice.”

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Manuel Rauscher, Student Ambassador Master European Studies 2017-2018 (2)

“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.”

  • 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


  • Christiane Barth

    Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth publish thesis research

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth (MA in European Studies) have just published Christiane's thesis research in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary European Studies

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  • Sinkevicius

    FASoS alumnus appointed as Economy Minister Lithuania

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday appointed Virginijus Sinkevicius, chairman of the parliamentary Economic Committee and a member of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union, as the country's economy minister.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      NWO has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800.000 euro to six experienced UM researchers: Dr. Tamar Sharon (FASoS), Prof. Caroline Goukens, Prof. Olivier Marie and Dr. Annelies Renders (all SBE) and Prof. Bart Rutten and Dr. Judith Sluimer (both FHML/MUMC+). The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group.

      Sharon’s research is about "The Googlization of health and the common good". As we move into the digital era, companies like Google and Apple are becoming important actors in health research. But how do we ensure that this serves the public interest? This research studies the impact of the “Googlization of health” on the common good, and investigates ways to secure it.

      Vidi grant for Tamar Sharon | FASoS Weekly
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      Hayo Raaphorst, alumnus of the MSc European Studies (Research), has been awarded the Daniel Heinsius Prize for the best MA thesis in political science (by the Dutch and Belgian Political Science Associations). Hayo received the prestigious award for his thesis on: ‘Countering the Realist Narrative on Common Diplomacy Coordination: A Political-Historical Analysis of European Political Cooperation, 1970-1986’.

      Research Master ES alumnus Hayo Raaphorst wins thesis award | FASoS Weekly
      3 days 15 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      Last week, BA European Studies student Josh Oudendijk, a.k.a. Josh Island, performed his song at the 60th anniversary of the Benelux union. In the large audience of 450 people Grand Duke Henri of Luxemburg, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Philippe of Belgium were present.

      Josh told us that the Kings and the Grand Duke were even whistling along to his song.

      For more information about the evening, check out:

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