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master european studies

Master in European Studies

The Master in European studies is a 120-credit academic programme organised by the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences under the IEE-ULB label.


The Master in European Studies is a bilingual programme taught both in English and French that offers a solid base of knowledge to allow critical reflection on European issues. It provides students with 2 possible tracks: European policy and the history and culture of Europe.

Programme for the Master in European Studies

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 track 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 research seminar in methods for preparing their Master’s thesis, and they will engage with a professionalisation module (a seminar and an internship) in order to prepare their transition towards work.

The internship consists of 320 hours of effective presence at the working place and is completed between January and June of the second year.

An Erasmus exchange is possible only if it replaces the internship during the same period (15 credits in courses).

The Master in European Studies has 2 tracks or concentrations

  • EU policy, with a choice between the “Standards and Values of the EU” module and the “Policy and Regulation in the EU module”
  • History and Cultures of Europe, with a choice of modules in “European Societies” and a module on “Cultures of Europe”.

To better understand the programme’s organisation, please refer to the course outline.

Objectives

This master allows students to acquire a solid knowledge on EU integration as well as to  develop critical thinking on key European issues. It also offers opportunities to interact with European affairs practitioners and prepare their start as young professionals.

This programme offers a choice between two specialised tracks. The track European politics and policies is focused 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.

Career prospects

This wide-ranging Master’s degree opens the doors to various career paths within very different private or public organisations.

These include, among others:

  • consultancy offices
  • NGOs and European associations
  • journalism, communication, culture
  • international, European, national, regional or local institutions

Added value 

  • a high-level interdisciplinary academic programme supported by a specialised faculty
  • a privileged location in Brussels, the capital of the European Union and headquarters of many political institutions
  • an international student body and faculty with a variety of 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 (since 1964) and a recognised forum for public debate on the EU and its future

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