Our curriculum is divided into themes, all of which examine Europe from a different disciplinary perspective. These themes are politics, law, economics, humanities, and social sciences relevant to European studies and research.
By combining mandatory and elective modules which are designed to simultaneously strengthen research and interpersonal skills of the students, the programme offers various areas of interests through multiple courses. This variety strengthens the students' academic portfolios and constitute an asset in securing future jobs.
In the first and second semesters, students take compulsory modules, which introduce them to the topics of European law, the actors and decision-making processes of European politics, the history of European integration and European ideas, the theories underlying them, and the methods of empirical European and social research. They also deepen their competences in the fundamentals of good scientific practice (Critical Writing and Thinking, 5 ECTS). A special focus (15 ECTS) is on political science and sociology. In addition, students acquire 10 ECTS each in the fields of law, economics, research methods (Research Design for EU Studies) and the humanities.
In the third semester, students choose 30 ECTS from elective modules in three areas: political and legal Europe, societal and economic Europe, and European ideas and diversity. They acquire the ability to discuss and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in a field, to justify their position in discussions and defend it argumentatively. In addition, they learn to critically examine and abstract various research questions and problems and to independently develop and work on further research questions.
In the fourth semester, students come together for a master´s colloquium. This helps them understand the more practical aspects of thesis writing and provides them with a platform to discuss their research, which then results in their Master´s thesis.
Students also have the option of completing an internship to further their practical education in their field of choice, as an optional module (module 16) in the third semester which would credit them with 5 ECTS.
Our programme also offers students the opportunity to spend their third semester in one of our partner universities abroad, either through the Erasmus programme or pursuing an optional double degree with the University of Catania, in Italy and the University of Limerick, Ireland.