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European Policy (European Studies)
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Study programme

The Master's in European Policy is a one-year programme that offers in-depth knowledge of contemporary European politics and governance. The first semester comprises several core courses and a skills seminar, while the second semester allows you to tailor the programme to your own interests through a series of electives and the Master's Thesis.

Programme structure

The Master's in European Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits: 18 credits for core courses, 24 credits for elective package, and 18 credits for a Master’s thesis.

  • Cultures of European Governance
  • Skills Seminar: Brussels
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  • Restricted-choice electives
  • Free-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis
UvA Course Catalogue: European Policy
  • Core courses

    The programme's core courses give an in-depth introduction to theories of EU governance, EU policies, European geopolitics and European integration.

    Cultures of European Governance (12 ECTS)
    In this multidisciplinary and theoretical course, insights into the driving forces, organisation and practices of European governance in terms of policymaking will be related to wider historical, cultural and geographical contexts.

    Skills Seminar (6 ECTS)
    During the Skills Seminar, students will practice the diverse skills needed to successfully conclude a Master's thesis. These skills include: defining a research question and problem, identifying methods and theoretical approaches and data-gathering techniques. If conditions permit, a trip to Brussels will take place in the fourth week of the course, where students will learn more about the practice of European policymaking, with interactions with EU officials.

  • Elective package

    The electives complement the programme's core courses and provide a further contextualisation of the theories of EU governance, EU policies, European geopolitics and European integration, and also allow students to pursue regional interests.

    You supplement your core programme with a pre-structured elective package of your choice. Elective packages consist of four electives (6 EC each) that have a distinctive focus. You can choose from two thematically distinct elective packages:

    • External Relations of the EU
    • Internal Policies of the EU

    Additionally, from the second semester onwards (based on grade and motivation) you can opt to apply for the EU Policy Lab package. This is an intensive, project-based policy course, immersing students in the practice of EU policy research and report writing. It includes an obligatory field trip to conduct policy research, in principle hosted by a Dutch Institute abroad.

    Electives that are offered within the two electives packages are:

    • The State of the European Economy (Restrictive choice elective of Internal Policies of the EU)
    • The Power of Law: Legal Integration in the European Union (Restrictive choice elective Internal Policies of the EU)
    • Enlargement and External Relations of the EU (restrictive choice elective External Relations of the EU
    • European Geopolitics (restrictive choice elective External Relations of the EU)
    • European Cultural Policy (free choice elective)
    • Democracy in the European Union (free choice elective)
    • Memory and Conflict in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (free choice elective)
    • Religion, violence and conflict(free choice elective)
    • Europe and its Discontents: A political History of Anti-liberalism (free choice elective)
    • European Lives (free choice elective)
    • Envisioning East and West: Travel writing and cultural identities in Modern Europe (free choice elective)
    • Gender, Race and Power in European Security (free choice elective)
    • Intimate Politics: Culture and Subjectivity in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia (free choice elective)
    • Facing Srebrenica: Representing Genocide in Contemporary Europe (free choice elective)
    • Intimate Politics: Culture and Subjectivity in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia (free choice elective)
    • European Policy Lab (free choice elective, based on intake)

    You also have the opportunity to develop a fully customised programme with a selection of courses from other Master's programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

  • Internship

    The one-year Master's in European Policy can be extended with an additional internship which you can do at an EU institution, an international organisation or a national or regional administration. The organisation of the internship is the full responsibility of the student and, in consultation with the programme coordinator, we will attempt to accommodate the internship within the framework of the programme.

  • Thesis

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

    You will also follow a thesis tutorial that prepares you for thesis writing. Serving as a complement to the January skills seminar, the tutorial will help you in starting to define your research problem and question, as well as beginning data gathering and determining the structure of the thesis.

Research Master's

Students who show exceptional promise for research during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme in History. 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.

Research Master's in History (in Dutch)

Accreditation and academic title

The Master's programme European Policy forms part of the broad label European Studies. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).