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.
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Eva Durlinger is from the Netherlands. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University and decided to stay in Maastricht for the European Studies Research Master. “I started my bachelor’s programme at another university which was taught in the traditional way. It didn’t quite suit my needs and I quickly started looking at other universities. That’s when I came across the PBL method at Maastricht University. From the beginning onwards, I loved the academic atmosphere and I knew that after my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to do a Research Master in European Studies to be able to pursue a career in academia. Amsterdam and London were solid options but I decided to stay in Maastricht because of my great experiences so far. Besides that, the programme here has a unique character. It’s a smale-scale master’s degree set in a very informal environment enabling close interaction with the academic staff. You can choose between three different specialisations in the first year and in your second year you can go abroad, do a research internship or opt for a Double Degree programme and go to the University of Cologne.”
“The unique nature of the programme allows you to fit it to your individual research interests".
“This research master teaches you to think in an abstract way, which is necessary to understand the problems and challenges the EU faces.”
FASoS master's programme ESST and research master's programmes European Studies and Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Top rated programmes in the Keuzegids Masters 2018.
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