In the Research master’s programme European Studies, you have the opportunity to customise your programme.
In your first year you can:
Choose 1 out of 3 specialisations:
- Historicising European Union (with historical/qualitative research methods)
- Governance and Representation in Europe (with either qualitative or quantitative research methods)
- Europe and the World (with either qualitative or quantitative research methods)
In your second year you can choose 1 out of 3 graduation options:
Specialisations year 1
Research is the focus in this programme, right from the outset. In the first year, after an eight-week introductory period, you immediately start to specialise in one of three thematic areas and in either qualitative or quantitative research methods.
You will trace forms of governance beyond the nation state in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century international organisations. What is the place of the EU and its predecessors in the history of cooperation at the inter- and trans-national levels? You will analyse not only the predecessors of the EU and the contributions of its member states, but also the transnational actors and alternative forms of cooperation.
- Methodological specialisation: historical/qualitative research methods (track 1)
You will focus on the political and bureaucratic dimensions of established forms of supra- and international governance. You will look at the transparency, accountability and public responsiveness of international policy making. As well as this you will also cover the role and functions of the bureaucracies in which the different forms of ‘governance beyond the nation state’ are embedded.
- Methodological specialisation: qualitative (track 2a) or quantitative (track 2b)
You will focus on foreign policy beyond the nation-state and on the EU’s international role. You will analyse the role non-elected career diplomats in multilateral foreign policymaking, the normative aspects of EU foreign policy and the operational dimensions of EU foreign policy in situations of crisis management.
- Methodological specialisation: qualitative (track 3a) or quantitative (track 3b)
Specialisations year 2
A. Research internship
Students can choose between two types of research internships:
The opportunity to be part of a larger research project for a period of at least 4 months and to perform research activities under the guidance of experienced researchers either affiliated to staff members at the faculty of arts and social sciences or to researchers at other universities in the Netherlands or abroad. The opportunity to carry out research at one of the EU’s institutions or at an NGO or a think-tank or a private company of your choice. A research internship implies that MSc European Studies candidates are to carry out in-depth research on different topics and have the opportunity to conduct research that is linked to their MSc thesis.
Research internship placements:
Students have worked with organisations like:
- European University Institute (EUI), Florence
- Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV), the Hague
- European Journalism Centre, Maastricht
- European Institute for Public Affairs, Maastricht
- European Institute of Public Administration, Barcelona
- Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Heerlen
B. Study abroad
In the second year, students can opt to study the first semester abroad at a partner university. The exchange university and courses are selected with a view to adding to the substantive and methodological specialization of the student, in light of the proposed MSc thesis.
Spend the first semester of the second year at one of our 4 partner universities:
- Political Sciences courses at University of Mannheim, Germany
- European Governance courses at Sciences Po Grenoble, France
- International and Public Policy courses at Hitotsubashi University Tokyo, Japan
- European Studies courses at University of Portsmouth, UK.
C. A Double Degree with Cologne University, Germany
The research-intensive master’s programme in European Studies can also be completed as a double degree programme in cooperation with the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences – one of the top-ranking faculties in this field worldwide. You will follow the first year in Maastricht, and the second year in Cologne taking courses in European Politics, participating in a master’s colloquium and writing their thesis under the joint supervision of professors from both institutions. With a double degree, you will have a stronger position in the international labour market, where graduates who have studied in more than one country are increasingly in demand.
Additional Admissions requirements
If you wish to enrol in the double degree track, you need to indicate this in your motivation letter when applying. Your application will be assessed by the Boards of Admissions of both Maastricht University and the University of Cologne.If you apply for the Double Degree, you should specialise in either research theme 2 (“Governance and Representation in Europe”) or research theme 3 (“Europe and the World”). Please complete the Double Degree form and upload it in MyUM under Double Degree.
Please be aware that the application deadline if you also want to apply for the Double Degree in Cologne is 15 May 2018.
Tuition fees for the Double Degree
In year one you have to pay the regular UM tuition fee. You are enrolled at UM but also at the University of Cologne, though no tuition fees are charged in Cologne. However, all students of the University of Cologne must pay a social contribution of approximately € 220 per semester. This is not a tuition fee but a solidarity payment. It also includes the cost of the semester ticket for free public transportation.
If you are not interested in using the German’s transportation system, you can get back a part of the money for the semester ticket (approximately €150 euros per semester). The request for the reimbursement of the money for the semester ticket is only in the first year and has to be done within four weeks after the beginning of the lectures of the University of Cologne.
In year two you have to pay the regular tuition fee at University of Cologne. You are enrolled at the University of Cologne. You do not need to register at Maastricht University at the start of the academic year. However, in order to graduate at Maastricht University, you need to register for the month of August only and will have to pay 1/12 of the applicable tuition fee.The admissions office of the UM will contact you in May of your second year to inform you on the registration procedure at UM. For questions please contact masteroffice-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.