European Studies (Research)

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 (Keuzegids 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Top-rated faculty (Keuzegids 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Scholarships are available towards tuition, maintenance, study abroad and internships

Download the programme flyer or contact the programme director Anna Herranz-Surrallés: anna.herranz[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

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

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Leonie Louise Klüver, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

My ambitions and goals for the upcoming two years are to challenge myself with new tasks in associations, to expand my skills during our method trainings, strive to conduct in-depth research on EU foreign policy, and meet new people. For my future career I hope to work in Brussels, where I want to make a positive impact on our way towards a more sustainable, innovative, and equal society.
I chose to do my master’s at Maastricht University because of its excellent research master’s programme. What makes this master’s programme in European Studies unique is that it focuses on quantitative and qualitative research. From the three possible specialisations, I have selected the Europe and the World one, which focuses on foreign policy. Furthermore, I looked for academic rigor, an ambitious cohort, and challenging courses. I found all three aspects at Maastricht University.
High on my list for favourite places in Maastricht is the Boekhandel Dominicanen, predominantly because of its unique atmosphere. A good bonus is that Coffeelovers has a shop in the bookstore as well, which perfectly combines reading a book and drinking a coffee in a calm and beautiful surrounding. I also love the Track and Field at Sportclub Jekerdal. The bonuses here, are the many beautiful sunsets while running as well as the great new people I have met at the sports association Uros. 

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Leonie Louise Klüver, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies 2021-2022

“At Maastricht University I found academic rigor, an ambitious cohort, and challenging courses.”

Leonie completed the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Leiden University with a Minor in Global Affairs. She also participated in the Honours programme.

UM Campus Tour

Are you about to start a Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

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 12 November 2022.

For other events we offer, take a look at our Online Master events page.

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  • Master thesis prizes for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Francesca Allievi (MA Arts & Heritage) and Marie Sophie Peffenköver (Research master European Studies) received the Thesis prize 2020.

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  • Chiara Russo

    FASoS student takes part in international conference

    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Chiara Russo, MSc European Studies student, presented her current research work during the Early Career Network conference.

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  • Sem Duijndam

    FASoS alumnus nominated for Daniel Heinsius Thesis Prize

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Alumnus Sem Duijndam (Research MA European Studies) has been nominated for the Daniel Heinsius Thesis Prize

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