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


Master in European Studies

Organised by the Faculty Philosophy and Social Sciences with the Institute for European Studies label.

Academic Coordinator : Amandine CRESPY




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. 



The Master in European Studies is a program taught both in English and French, is resolutely open to interdisciplinarity.

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 “Cultures of Europe”.

All students will also take part in a methodological research seminar for 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.


Programme details



Main assets

  • a high-level interdisciplinary 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 Excellence (i.e. since 1963 ) as well as a recognized forum for high-level debates on the EU and its future


Job opportunities

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. 

More about professionalisation at the IEE



The access to this programme occurs through a competitive application process. The criteria considered by the selection committee are the following: academic excellence (grades), professional outlooks and motivation, applicant’s profile (international background, internships, linguistic skills, and extracurricular experiences).

Applications can be received from April on. 


Current students

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Secrétariat étudiant :

Marie-Thérèse Teixeira