European Studies (Research)

Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competences, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

  • Choose a study specialisation (year 1): Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union.
  • Choose a graduation package (year 2): Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship.​

Unique features

  • A small, close-knit community of students and researchers (average intake 12-15 students)
  • Over 90% international students
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Top-rated faculty (Keuzegids 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Scholarships are available towards tuition, maintenance, study abroad and internships

Download the programme flyer or contact the programme director Anna Herranz-Surrallés:

More information about graduation packages can be found on the "Courses & Curriculum" page.

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Eleonora Pizzini, Student Ambassador Research Master European Studies

Eleonora is originally from Italy and moved to Maastricht to do her research master’s in European Studies at FASoS.

Why Eleonora chose to study European Studies in Maastricht:
“There are quite a few reasons why I choose Maastricht. Firstly, the cultural aspect, both in terms of its history, as one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands and because it was, and still is, a crossroad of cultures. It’s an international city with many students from different parts of the world. You can walk on the streets and hear so many different languages here.”

“I chose Maastricht University for its reputation and the master itself: the small learning environment, the many possibilities allowing us to really design our path of study and all the extra activities, seminars and opportunities that make what we study in class more tangible.”

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Eleonora Pizzini, Student Ambassador Research master European Studies 2022-2023

“I am quite ambitious, and I would love to work for the European Commission. My research master’s programme in European Studies fits well really prepares me for this.”

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Are you about to start a Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 11 November 2023.

For other events we offer, take a look at our Online Master events page.

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