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Master in European Studies

Master in European Studies

This formation is taught in french and in english (focus Politique européenne), or in french (focus Histoires et Cultures d'Europe), or in english (focus EU and Asia).

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in European Studies
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
    french / english
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury President
    Amandine CRESPY
  • Jury Secretary


General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french / english

Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Student support

Throughout the academic year, students are able to benefit from educational and practical support from both the teaching and administrative staff. Set office hours are indicated at the beginning of the year.

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


This master allows students to acquire a solid knowledge on EU integration as well as to develop a critical thinking on key European issues. It also offers opportunities to interact with European affairs practitioners and prepare their start as professionals.
This programme offers a choice between two specialised tracks. The track “European politics and policies” is focuses on the functioning of the European Union, while the track “History and cultures of Europe” approaches Europe from the point of view of contemporary global transformations.
Moreover, an "EU - ASIA" orientation is offered within a double degree programme (Master 's level – 120 credits) with the University of Waseda in Japan. Students will spend the first academic year in one country and the second in the other. To complete the training they will write a dissertation in co-supervision (ULB / Waseda).
This orientation offers solid knowledge of the historical, political, legal, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of European integration as well as of regional cooperation in Asia.

Teaching is to combine training through lecture and practice. It notably emphasizes inter-sectoral contacts (e.g. negotiation simulations, field surveys, interactions with practitioners, internships). New technologies and e-learning are an integral component of the teaching provided to the students.

  • A high-level multidisciplinarity academic program supported by a specialized faculty
  • A privileged location in Brussels, the capital of the European Union and headquarters of many political institutions
  • A very international student body and faculty with a variety of identities, languages and national cultures represented
  • A tradition of excellence in the field of European Studies since the IEE is one of the oldest Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence (i.e. since 1963 ) as well as a recognized forum for high-level debates on the EU and its future

MES students can seize upon the opportunities provided by the department’s numerous Erasmus program agreements to include a mobility action in their training curriculum.

Access conditions


The Master in European Studies is a program taught both in English and French, is resolutely open to multidisciplinarity.
The programme includes a common module with courses in fundamental disciplines of European studies, namely history, political science, law, economics and international relations. Within the specialization “European politics and policies”, an additional choice of is offered between thematic clusters focusing either on “EU norms and values” or on “EU policies and regulation”. Within the track “History and cultures of Europe”, students will be able to choose between “European societies” and “C preparing their Master’s thesis, and they will engage with professionalization activities (namely a seminar and an internship) in order to prepare their transition towards work.

What's next ?


Students can aspire to as many different careers as there are professions associated with Europe. Beyond EU and international institutions, they might apply for jobs in a myriad of consultancies, interest groups (including private firms and NGOs) or regions’ representation offices. Furthermore, at local and national level, most institutions nowadays include a EU affairs department. Finally, the Master gives access to a doctoral training for completing a PhD.