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 Giselle Bosse: rmes-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

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

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Mira Seyfettinoglu, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

Mira Seyfettinoglu is from Germany (with Turkish roots), she obtained a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University and decided to stay in Maastricht for the research master’s programme in European Studies. “Writing my bachelor’s thesis was actually a turning point for me. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to embrace my newly-found passion for research and continue with this research master’s programme. This decision also enabled me to continue with the project Citizenship by Investments – the topic of my bachelor’s thesis – I was working on with my supervising professor. Next year, I will be supervising a group of bachelor’s students assigned to our project as part of their Honours Programme. I’m really looking forward to that.  This programme is really small-scale with 13 students with different academic backgrounds, ranging from Anthropology to Business Administration. There is a real individual approach and personal atmosphere.  After I graduate, my aim is to work in the diplomatic field for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs but I can also see myself in Brussels, working in one of the external relations departments of the European Commission.”

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Mira Seyfettinoglu, Ambassador Research master European Studies 2018-2019

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  • 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


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