European Studies (Research)

***Awarded ‘Top Rated Programme’ label, Keuzegids 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019***

***Best European Studies Master’s programme in the Netherlands (Keuzegids 2018 & 2019)***


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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Daphné Charotte, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

“During my bachelor’s I travelled a lot to discover new places and meet new people. I wanted to improve my English and German and decided to study in an international environment. As I have always been interested in Europe and the European Union, I started researching master’s programmes in this field. When I came across this particular 2-year research master’s at Maastricht University, I went to the Master’s Open Day. After talking to the programme director, I knew this master’s was exactly what I wanted.
This research master provides you with a profound knowledge in research methods, looking at all the dimensions of Europe and the EU, such as historical, political and social. It’s a very small-scale programme with highly dedicated professors. The quality of the programme is excellent and you have all the available resources you need to be successful as a student. Since I chose ‘Europe and the world’ as my specialisation, I am thinking of doing an internship in my second year, maybe in a European institution.”

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Daphne Charotte, Ambassador Research MA European Studies 2020-2021

“I want to be passionate about what I do and I am looking forward to my internship. My dream career would be to contribute to the role of the EU in the world”.

Daphné, 21 years old, is from France and has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from a private school in Paris.

Master's Open Day March 2019


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 6 March 2021.

  • “I love the theoretical content of European Studies and the research skills we learn here. That combination is perfect.”
    Hannes Ratte, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies 2019-2020
  • "Great things never happen when you stay in your comfort zone".
    Mira Seyfettinoglu, Student Ambassador Research master European Studies 2018-2019
  • The interdisciplinary and international approach of the programme, with politics, history, culture and economics makes it super interesting.
    Eva Durlinger, Student ambassador Research master European Studies 2017-2018
  • “This research master teaches you to think in an abstract way, which is necessary to understand the problems and challenges the EU faces.”
    Johanna Breuer, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies 2016-2017

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year 2020-2021 looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme looks like during this academic year.


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    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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    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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