Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

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Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Integration

Organised by the Institute for European Studies

Academic staff in chargeMarianne DONY

 

This advanced master allows graduates from diverse backgrounds to enhance their initial set of skills by completing it with a high level expertise linked to EU integration, and in particular to Europe as a community of norms, rights and values (thematic module 1); to migrations (thematic module 2) and to governance and EU economic policies (thematic module 3).

Skills acquired:

  • Develop high level, interdisciplinary expertise on European integration
  • Develop expert knowledge on how the EU institutions and agencies function.
  • Understand the major political, economic, social, historical and cultural issues concerning European integration from an interdisciplinary perspective. 
  • Analyse the relationship between the EU and its Member States on the one hand, and with third countries/international organizations on the other.

Programme details

 

Curriculum

The Advanced Master degree in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Integration addresses scientific and interdisciplinary issues surrounding European integration. The program takes place during the day, totalling 60 ECTS credits. The aim is not to introduce participants to the proposed themes but to give them the opportunity to specialize and acquire new knowledge in the field of their choice, in order to to train practitioners, decision-makers or future researchers from an interdisciplinary approach in all aspects of European integration. As part of this Master, courses are shared by professors from different disciplines and/or practitioners.

 

The programme is built upon three pillars:

A core module (25 ECTS) aimed at giving all students the necessary base for an understanding of European integration It is composed of required courses determined by the jury based on the student’s profile. This base is complemented with an interdisciplinary chair and a series of lectures. The interdisciplinary approach of the programme combines historical, economic, legal and political dimensions essential to the student’s overall understanding of European integration. It also offers a revolving international chair on an ad-hoc thematic basis, determined each year based on the European political agenda, as well as a series of conferences and seminars whose aim is to facilitate student dialogue with policymakers at the national and European level.

A dissertation (Travail de fin d’études - TFE) “research-oriented” or “professionalization-oriented” (15 ECTS). The research-oriented dissertation involves performing a research work, analyzing in-depth a theoretical question that can also include practical aspects. The exercise also implies the capacity to present in
Le TFE « recherche » (15 ECTS) implique la réalisation d’un mémoire consistant en un travail de recherche, analysant de manière approfondie une question théorique pouvant, le cas échéant, revêtir également des aspects pratiques. The exercise requires that the student synthetically present the results of his/her research orally, and to engage in debate with members of the jury.
Le TFE « professionnalisation » (15 ECTS) combines three elements : an internship, a professionalisation seminar and an internship report. un stage, un séminaire de professionnalisation et un rapport de stage. The internship offers students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the field of European affairs. The goal of the seminar is to develop a career plan and a skills acquisition strategy to prepare for integration into the labour market. The internship report includes the analysis of an issue, which aim is to deepen, with an external eye, the observations led during the internship and link them to theoretical learning.

A thematic elective module (20 ECTS) whereby the courses are taught by professors from different disciplines, practitioners and national and European policy makers. Priority will be given to case studies and interactive forms of education.

  • The module "Europe of rights, norms and values" (20 ECTS) through an interdisciplinary approach and from concrete case studies examines the normative political, social and legal aspects of their production and their implications for the Union as a European political space and as a global player.
  • The module "Europe and migration" (20 ECTS) examines, from an interdisciplinary approach, the European and international dimension of these phenomena, focusing on the notion of borders, immigration and asylum, migration control and integration policy of migrants in Europe.
  • The module "Governance and European economic policies" (20 ECTS) focuses on institutional and political aspects of the new forms of European economic governance as well as the main policies of the EU, competition and trade policy.

 

The Advanced Masters in European law is bilingual. The classes are given in one of the two following languages: French or English. The Masters therefore requires an active knowledge of one of the two languages and a passive knowledge of the other.

 

Cursus at a glance

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Main assets

The program aims to cultivate both professional and technical knowledge, the ability to have an educated analysis of a societal phenomenon and to act as a specialist, as well as a critical and ethical conscience to cultivate citizens, practitioners and decision makers with a sophisticated understanding of all areas of European affairs.

For 50 years at the IEE, disciplinary excellence is combined to an interdisciplinary approach and students can benefit from the expertise of an international team of renowned researchers and academics as well as senior officials from European and international institutions. The uniqueness of the Master lies indeed also in its openness to the world with professors and researchers from more than 15 countries, representing approximately thirty different nationalities. Students are thus given a deeply enriching opportunity to come into contact with a variety of identities, languages and cultures. The program aims to cultivate both open-mindedness and intellectual mobility, allowing students to evolve in an international environment. 

Thanks to an innovative pedagogy and a practical anchoring, the teaching programme is also fed with cutting-edge research in an institution that coordinates several important international networks and projects.

7500 graduates can testify that the IEE provides education of the highest quality thanks to its privileged location in the heart of Brussels, the capital of the EU. Brussels is headquarters to the principal European institutions, with which we have developed close contacts, allowing us to include European political decision makers in our teaching and other activities, and allowing students to add value to their studies through a potential internship in the very institutions they are studying. Genuine source of academic expertise for professionals of the sector, the IEE is positioned as centre for high-level debate on the future of the EU and more than sixty conferences and events per year are hosted there. Our students thus benefit from the opportunity to participate in open public dialogue with various key actors on the European playing field. The master also offers, within its core module, a compulsory course as “Rotating international chair” where students can benefit from the intervention of a renowned member of the academic community, as well as a compulsory course shaped as a “Series of conferences on current EU affairs” where students can chose events they wish to attend and include them in their programme, either among the 60 events organised by the IEE each year or among external events.

 

Career prospects

Graduates of the MAS typically develop a career in European, national or local institutions, in the business world, professional associations, interest groups, non-governmental organisations, or in media and communication. The IEE pays a particular attention to its students' professionalization (see dedicated page on our website) thanks to various initiatives (mentoring programme, dynamic and wide alumni network, Career Fair, framework internship conventions with renowned companies, support for internship search, compulsory professionalization courses - between 15 and 30% of the teaching programme).

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Admission

Admissions start in April.

For admission information please visit our admission page.

 

Current students

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