Study programme

Governing Europe (European Studies)

The Master's in Governing Europe is a one-year programme that offers an in-depth introduction to the theories of governance, international policies and European integration in Europe.

Programme overview 

The core courses of the Master's in Governing Europe devote particular attention to the geopolitics and international relations of European affairs. Politics, Law, Economics and History of European integration are the cornerstones of the programme. In addition, you can choose from a range of electives that focus on topics such as:

  • Neoliberalism in Europe
  • European Law
  • EU cultural policy
  • The history of European unity and integration
  • European cultural or public sphere
  • Russia and Eastern Europe

The pinnacle of the Master's programme is a comprehensive research project and Master's thesis. Upon completion, you will have gained a thorough understanding of policymaking and international relations in Europe and will have the necessary skills to conduct independent research in this field.

Programme structure

The Master's in Governing Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for core courses
  • 24 credits for electives
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis


The Master's thesis is an individual research project carried out by the student under the supervision of two faculty members. The subject of the thesis should relate to topics covered in the courses and will be mutually agreed upon by the student and the main supervisor.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, see:

Credit transfer 

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.


Published by  Faculty of Humanities

21 November 2017