Master (global) European Studies

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Gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of European policymaking to address the cross-border, societal challenges our society is facing today.

Climate change, cyber security, migration, and the energy transition: the grand challenges society faces today are not limited to borders. They require international collaboration, and the European Union (EU) is a key player in fostering such cooperation – shaping policies and driving innovation to tackle these issues collectively. But how do you navigate the complexities that arise in the context of European policymaking? How do you reach effective decision-making with multiple member states and institutions involved? And what are the implications of technological advances for governance on an international scale? You will learn to deal with these and many more questions in the Master’s in European Studies at the University of Twente.

This one-year, English-taught Master’s teaches you all about the design and implementation of European public policy – specifically in the context of digital transformation and technological developments. You will learn to deal with the multifaceted challenges and opportunities within Europe and the global geopolitical landscape, exploring the intra-European context as well as Europe’s global standing in comparison to other major players like the USA, Russia, or China. In doing so, you will combine political, sociological, economic, legal, and technological perspectives.

Start Master’s in European Studies

You can start your studies in September. If you need to follow a Pre-Master’s first, you can start in September or February and continue with the Master’s programme in September.

European Studies in the context of rapid technological progress

The digital transformation is one of the EU's main priorities. Studying European Studies at a technical university like the University of Twente equips you with a deeper understanding of technological perspectives on policy-related challenges within the European context. Let us be clear: you really don't need to be a tech geek to follow this Master’s. But if you are eager to help solve challenges related to i.e. data security and privacy, digital infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence, renewable energy technologies or the reduction of e-waste, to name some examples, then the University of Twente is the right place for you to pursue your master’s degree!

Get two master’s degrees

Do you want to extend your knowledge and skills beyond the Master’s in European Studies? Go for a double degree! You have the opportunity to add a second master’s to your programme: the Master’s in Comparative Public Governance at the University of Münster in Germany. This double degree programme takes two years and upon successful completion, you will earn two Master’s degrees.

Career perspectives

With a Master’s degree in European Studies, you can look forward to excellent career prospects. The demand for experts who understand the complexities of Europe extends well beyond Brussels. In national governments, private firms, the non-profit sector and NGOs, there is a growing need for professionals with the right knowledge, insights, and skills to tackle the challenges Europe poses. Graduates of this Master’s find interesting, challenging jobs soon after graduation, as policymakers, policy advisers, lobbyists, or researchers, to name some examples.

Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. Politie
  2. ASML
  3. Philips
  4. Belastingdienst
  5. Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid
Number of job vacancies in the field of this Master’s
Based on data in the time period between 1/1/2020 till 22/6/2024
Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. Provincie Overijssel
  2. Saxion
  3. Gemeente Zwartewaterland
  4. Gemeente Steenwijkerland
  5. Gemeente Kampen
Number of job vacancies in the field of this Master’s
Based on data in the time period between 1/1/2020 till 22/6/2024
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Programme overview

Master’s degree in European Studies
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Behavioural Management and Social Sciences
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2024
1 September 2025
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

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