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In cooperation with Maastricht University

Double Master's Programme in European Studies: Cologne-Maastricht

  • Programme duration: 4 terms, full-time
  • Programme start: Beginning of September in Maastricht
  • Partner university: The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) is one of six faculties at Maastricht University. Its educational approach is based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The faculty has a strong international orientation, refelected in its international student body and extensive research. It enjoys an excellent location in the centre of Maastricht.
  • Degrees awarded: Research Master in European Studies by Maastricht University and Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne
  • Language: English
  • Fees: Students pay tuition fees at Maastricht University during their first year of studies (around €2,000 for EU applicants; for more details on the tuition fees, please see the Maastricht University website) and a "social contribution" at the University of Cologne (approximately €265 per term, which includes a student travel card, valid for all public transport in Cologne's home state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

Programme

The Double Master's Programme is an ambitious, research-based and interdisciplinary programme, which has a strong focus on the European Union and its institutions and policies. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the EU and of the workings of politics and society in an integrated Europe. The programme aims to teach students methodological skills, enabling them to operate at an advanced level in an international research environment.

The programme is integrated into the Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University and the Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Cologne and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which is written during the second year of study. Students on the Double Master's Programme in European Studies spend their first year at Maastricht University and their second year at the University of Cologne. After successful completion of the programme, they are awarded two degrees: a Research Master in European Studies by Maastricht University and a Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne.

During their second year, in Cologne, students focus on the areas of European Politics and European Comparative Politics.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Double Master's Programme in European Studies have the right skill set for the demands of an international employment market. They are particularly qualified for a career in the institutions of the European Union, other areas of public administration, non-governmental organisations and international companies. The research-oriented nature of the study programme also enables graduates to move on to doctoral research or to research-related work in think tanks. Since these careers require familiarity with different academic cultures and an international profile, graduates with a double degree come well prepared for them.

Interested in the Double Master's Programme in European Studies with Maastricht University? Please see here for more detailed information about the application process.