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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FASoS ambassadors honingraat 2019-2020

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Hannes Ratte, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

Hannes is from Germany, has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn and decided to come to Maastricht for the research master’s programme in European Studies. “I am particularly interested in the European Union and international relations, but after my bachelor’s I missed the tools for in-depth analysis and research. That is why I chose this particular two-year research master’s programme because there is a substantial focus on methods, statistics, data analysis and so forth. I want to learn all I can about ‘Europe’, but I also want to be able to research a problem, collect data and analyse it in order to come up with solutions. As this is a two-year programme, there is plenty of opportunity for personal development too. After I graduate, I would like to work in Brussels as an analyst or researcher, for a European institution or perhaps a think-tank. I will definitely apply for my six-month internship there. This was another reason to come to Maastricht. When I visited Brussels during my bachelor’s studies, I noticed that many people, who worked there, had studied at FASoS. So, this is definitely the best place to start your career!”

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Hannes Ratte, Ambassador Research master European Studies 2019-2020

“I love the theoretical content of European Studies and the research skills we learn here. That combination is perfect.”

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 7 March 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


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