European Studies (Research)

***Awarded ‘Top Rated Programme’ label, Keuzegids 2017***


Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competences, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

  • Choose a study specialisation (year 1): Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union.
  • Choose a graduation package (year 2): Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship.​

Unique features

  • A small, close-knit community of students and researchers (average intake 12-15 students)
  • Over 90% international students
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Top-rated faculty (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Scholarships are available towards tuition, maintenance, study abroad and internships


Download the programme flyer or contact the programme directors Giselle Bosse and Thomas Conzelmann: rmes-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

More information about graduation packages can be found on the "Courses & Curriculum" page.

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Johanna Breuer, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

Johanna is from Germany: “I’m very interested in political science and mostly theories. After my Bachelor’s degree in European Studies at the University of Passau in Germany, I wanted to pursue an English-taught Master study because you’re better prepared for the future. I’ve already learned more than during my years as a bachelor. My ambition after my Master’s degree is to pursue a PhD and to work in the academic environment.”

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Johanna Breuer, Ambassador Research Master European Studies

“This Research Master teaches you to understand the problems and challenges the EU faces.”


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      Due to ascension day all FASoS buildings will be closed on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May.
      In the next few days it will feel like summer in Maastricht, so you enjoy your time off!

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      Don't miss the FASoS End of the Year Event on 30 May! It will be an afternoon of fun activities such as live music, a charity bake sale and a barbecue and drinks in collaboration with Banditos. Furthermore the launch of the first rejuvenated issue of Mosaïek Magazine takes place.

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      Student job opportunity: join the UM/FASoS promoteam!

      • Are you enthusiastic about the university and PBL?
      • Do you enjoy studying and living in Maastricht?
      • Want to share your experiences with prospective students?
      • Are you interested in a nice job and earning some money?

      We have two kinds of promoteams: faculty promoteams and all-round promoteams. We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated students for both teams, who feel closely attached to the UM.
      For more information about working as a promoteamer and the application procedure, please visit our website

      In order to apply for the FASoS promoteam, please send an e-mail with your CV to: events-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

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