Why this programme?
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.
The programme offers three specialisations:
- European Public Policy & Administration: focuses on the political and administrative mechanisms and balances between the institutions of the European Union, its member states and civil societies
- European Politics & International Relations: concentrates on the international position and politics of the European Union (EU) as a political entity
- Europe in a Globalising World: focuses on Europe and its member states’ shifting roles on the world stage in parallel to collective efforts to address global challenges such as international migration and development
A programme, but also a community
European Studies kicks off with a series of activities designed to acquaint you with your fellow students and integrate you into the community. First is an introduction day where you meet your fellow students, who come from over 20 countries. In the spring all students take a two-day trip to Brussels to visit various EU institutions, think tanks, and lobbies, and to meet informally with some of the 250 programme alumni living and working in Europe’s capital. Not only do these activities ease you into the social life of the university, but they also provide valuable experience and exposure, helping you to broaden your network.
European Studies is a highly international programme, reflecting the curriculum and the goals of most participants to work in the international sphere. More than 120 international research and policy-making institutions are based in Maastricht, and programme staff members publish research that has an international outreach and impact. In addition, every year in February, the entire programme goes on a two-day trip to Brussels to visit various EU institutions, think-tanks, and lobbies. Students gain insight into these institutions and first-hand access to key figures in the ‘European Capital’, an empowering experience. For many students, this trip is their first impression of Brussels and the hive of activity centred on the Rond-Point Schuman.
European Studies is taught by 27 international well-renowned staff members
The 27 instructors in the master’s programme European Studies come from 14 different countries. Collectively, they know everything there is to know about the EU. They hold PhDs from prestigious universities including Cambridge University, Central European University, KU Leuven, Mannheim University, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. To introduce a few of our top-notch teachers:
- The programme director is Dr. Hylke Dijkstra. He is an expert in European security. He studied in Cambridge and Yale and worked in Oxford;
- Prof. Maarten Vink teaches a course on the EU and international migration. He is the lead researcher on a prestigious EU project about the current migration and refugee challenges for Europe;
- Prof. Thomas Christiansen is a well-known expert on the EU institutions and the co-editor of the Journal of European Integration. He teaches a course on Europe in a changing global world.
- Dr. Gergana Noutcheva previously worked for a Brussels-based think tank. She teaches students how to write the optimal policy brief.
For a full overview of staff teaching in the MA in European Studies, click here.
You will like this if you...
- Have a strong interest and engagement in international and European affairs
- Want to examine the interests and strategies of public institutions, private organisations and non-governmental groups
- Have an eye for detail, curiosity and eagerness to trace policymaking developments
- Preferably have a sound knowledge of European studies and the EU in particular