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Identity and Integration (European Studies)

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In the one-year Master’s Identity and Integration, you will study contemporary challenges in Europe and the EU from the perspectives of history, arts and culture, media and politics.

European cultural identities

Culture is at the heart of the challenges that Europe and the EU currently face. The complexities of Brexit, populism, migration and multiculturalism cannot be properly understood without considering the pivotal importance of identity issues at the local, national and transnational level, and taking into account Europe’s cultural and historical transformations.

In the Master’s in Identity and Integration, you will approach the study of European identity and cultural diversity within the disciplines of historiography, and cultural and literary studies. You will gain the in-depth theoretical knowledge on European history and culture necessary to study tensions and conflicts in Europe, and to understand contemporary debates about European integration and identity. You will explore intersections of culture and politics by focusing mainly on four topics: nationalism and national identities, transnational manifestations of European culture, the changing idea of Europe and European identity, and the employment of culture in community-building policies and practices in the EU.

Develop your academic skills

You will further develop your writing, presentation and research skills, and you will train your organisational skills in the preparation and execution of a study trip to a European Capital of Culture. As part of an international classroom, you will be trained in intercultural and interlingual skills. With these skills and the knowledge and approach you learn during the programme, you will build a unique expertise in European culture and history that is highly relevant to many parts of Europe’s work environment, whether in the field of culture, politics, media or business.

Why study Identity and Integration at the University of Amsterdam?

The Master's in Identity and Integration offers students:

  • a strong focus on the intersection of culture and politics in contemporary Europe;
  • a broad range of electives that will enable you to tailor your programme according to your personal interests and career goals;
  • a stimulating international classroom with students and lecturers from all over Europe and beyond;
  • a small-scale programme with individual coaching; 
  • a seminar and study trip to a European cultural capital which offers opportunities to engage with professional experts from the field

After graduation

The Master's programme Identity and Integration prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities.  After graduating you can be employed in positions requiring in-depth knowledge of this area. You can also find your way into other jobs requiring a range of academic skills. Alumni often find employment in the media, in policy and research positions in European or international organisations and institutions, in national, regional or local governments and in NGO's.

Student profile

As a student in the Master’s programme in Identity and Integration you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, analyse cultural or historical sources, apply theory, and write a thesis;
  • You are familiar with humanities methods and approaches to the study of European history and culture;
  • You are interested in the contemporary state of Europe, including phenomena like nationalism, populism, migration, transnationalism, as well as literature, film and the arts;
  • You are ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant research environment in European Studies in Amsterdam, participate in an international classroom and are eager to engage with cultural institutions,  festivals and events in the Netherlands and abroad.

Degree certificate

Identity and Integration is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA European Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60284