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Master in European Studies

Master in European Studies

The 2024-2025 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
      Master 120 credits
    • Tier
      2nd cycle
    • Field and branch of study
      Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
    • Schedule type
    • Languages of instruction
      english / french
    • Theoretical programme duration
      2 years
    • Campus
    • Category / Topic
      Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
    • Jury President
      Amandine CRESPY
    • Jury Secretary
      Martin DELEIXHE



    General information

    Degree type

    Master 120 credits

    Theoretical programme duration

    2 years

    Learning language(s)

    english / french

    Schedule type




    Category(ies) - Topic(s)

    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

    Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)


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    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 specialised trackEuropean politics and policies” that focuses on the functioning of the European Union.

    A second specialised track entitled "EU - ASIA" offers the possibility to complete a double degree (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, as well as specialized courses linked to the track.

    All students will also take part in a methodological research seminar for preparing their Master thesis, and they will engage with professionalisation activities (a namely a seminar and an intership) 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.