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European Policy (European Studies)


The programme prepares you for a wide range of careers in the field of European policy and governance.

The job market

As a graduate of the programme, you are able to place contemporary issues in a broader context and to communicate a sustained analysis of developments in national and European policy. You will be trained to convey ideas across national, disciplinary, and policy boundaries, as:

  • Policy advisers for European and international affairs in national administrations, international organizations or EU institutions.
  • European and international policy commentators and researchers: in media, NGOs, policy-advice, think-tanks, or culture.
  • Advisors and policy entrepreneurs in international companies.

Recent programme alumni hold positions at:

  • European Commission and European Parliament
  • United Nations
  • Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • EACEA (Agency of the European Commission)
  • Diplomatic Services in different parts of the world
  • Municipality
  • Foundation Max van der Stoel
  • Clingendael institute

Academic career

Many of our graduates also go on to pursue academic careers in the Netherlands and abroad. A Master's in European Policy can lead to a Research Master's and eventually a PhD in a range of fields including history, international relations, anthropology, sociology, geopolitics and political science.

Research Master's History (in Dutch)