European Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 7900
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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The European Studies program at the Hochschule Bremen - International Graduate Center has been designed to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date study of economic and political dynamics in Europe. Studies in European private and public management, in European economics, law and politics, an intensive seminar in Brussels plus a period of practical training offer an ideal combination to acquire theoretical knowledge, management education, practical skills and European expertise.
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Our vision is to prepare students for European leadership roles in the private and public sector. We have designed the program to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and up-to-date study of economic and political dynamics in Europe.

Studies in European private and public management, in European economics, law and politics, an intensive seminar in Brussels plus a period of practical training offer an ideal combination of theoretical knowledge, management education, practical skills and European expertise. Our unique blend of international academic expertise and application-oriented classes make this an exceptional experience.

Added value will be offered by looking at the current crisis in the EU and discussing possible solutions.

Five reasons to study the European Studies program at the Hochschule Bremen - International Graduate Center
  • to learn about ways to solve the European crisis
  • to get an updated overview of European economic and business development, EU law and politics and the EU in the international dimension
  • to acquire the tools to apply for European funds
  • to build a network with international students and lecturers from all over the world
  • to increase your employment opportunities with a highly respected postgraduate degree
Planning your Career

The curriculum provides sound preparation for careers in European and international businesses, institutions and administrations, or for further research. Graduates have a broad field of opportunity to choose from, including economic and legal adviser activities, positions in private and public management, lobbying activities, political offices and functions, and in the diplomatic service. Students from outside Europe find excellent job opportunities worldwide with companies, banks and organizations cooperating with European partners.

Programme Structure

The main objective of the program is to convey a sound a specialist knowledge of European public and private management. The course consists of 10 modules providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to key factors of European integration.

The modules will be divided between lectures and seminars. Lectures provide a throrough grounding in the essentials of European business and management, policies and law. In the seminars, students will develop specialist knowledge in a variety of fields.

Compulsory Modules

The module Institutions, Policy-Making and Regions in the EU consists of three units:

The first course aims to teach studens about the tasks and organisational structures of the EU-institutions, the process of policy-production within the main policy fields and the role of the member states and regions in designing and applying the referring legislative procedures and programmes.

Secondly, Theories of European Integration and Multi-Level Governance overviews the European integration and European multi-level governance including theories of European integration such as Supranationalist and Intergovernmentalist and approaches on European multi-level governance.

The third unit discusses the Crisis of the EU.

In EU Business Law students acquire an understanding of the contents and structure of the "aquis communautaire" and shall be enabled to work with EU law, using the principles and the basic techniques developed by the European Court of Justice in order to solve typical law cases in the field of EU business and administrative law.

The module European Economic Integration consists of three units.

The first unit deals with some basic facts and the essence of integration theory and the European economic integration in practice. Additionally, it gives an outlook on the future of European economic integration.

Competition Policy in the EU is meant to reveal the relevance of Competition Law and Competition Policy for the functioning of the Single European Market. As a major market force in a large barrier free trading area free competition is meant to lead to a more efficient and stronger European economy. The seminar will familiarise students with the status quo and perspectives of Competition Policy in the EU.

A transition economy or transitional economy is an economy which is changing from a centrally planned economy to a free market. Transition economies undergo economic liberalization, where market forces set prices rather than a central planning organization and trade barriers are removed, privatization of government-owned enterprises and resources, and the creation of a financial sector to facilitate the movement of private capital.

The module Management of Funds is subdivided into two units:

The first in an overview of EU funding programs, providing an introduction to regional economics and an overview of EU Structural Funds and their use.

In the second unit Applying for funds in the EU - a practical regional example for European Structural Funds Policy students will gain an insight into European procedures through learning by doing. The exercise combines elements of simulation, training, continuing training and team experience. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the role of EU structural funds in Bremen and examine in detail one of the local European Structural funds programmes.

For the module European Public and Privat Management I students an choose among several seminars.

Intensive Seminar in Brussels: The EU in Brussels: The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to the dynamics of the EU in Brussels.

  • - Cultural Implications of Business and International Team Building: The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to the concepts of cross-cultural management and international team building.
  • - German history, politics, culture and economy: The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to different aspects of Germany and German life and exploring crucial parts of German history. At the same time, it will familiarize students with German culture and habits both in the business and private realm. Last not least it will analyze Germany's economic situation and look at prospects and challenges for the future.

The module The EU as a Global Player consists of two units:

In The EU as a Global Player: External Relations, Trade and Development Policy students will gain an overview of external relations, trade and development policy which will discuss the role of the EU in global affairs and analyse its potential to use this role.

The second units deals with the EU-US relations: The seminar will analyze historical and current relations between the EU and the US. Alternatively, students can enroll for a seminar on EU-Asia relations.

For the module European Public and Privat Management II students choose from:

  • - Expanding your business across borders: The course is designed to familiarise students with the practical issues involved in expanding business across borders.
  • - Marketing in the EU: Students will be introduced to the field of international and European marketing and will be able to discuss the most important instruments of marketing in a European context.
  • - Career Planning: This course is designed to help students think about the kind of career they would like to go for and about how to find jobs that match their interests and skills. Some of the questions raised will include: Who am I now and what kind of job is best suited to my needs? What motivates me in my job? What does my heart tell me about what makes me happy? What blocks me from having what I want in work?
  • - Strategic Management: The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, the students will get familiarised with the fundamentals of strategic management in the EU. They will learn how and why a company´s strategy emerges and why managers must carefully match strategy to industry and competitive conditions as well as to resources and capabilities. In the second part, the students will present their analyses of cases using the analytical tools learned in the first part.


It is a truly international program with students coming from all over the world, including Canada, the USA, Greece, India, China, Vietnam, Latvia, Germany, Korea, France, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Chile, Japan and many more. Throughout the years, Hochschule Bremen has been receiving several students who had previously been selected by national or international boards to achieve a national or European scholarship, for example students from Mexico (Alban), Poland (DAAD), Romania (Phare), Turkey (Jean Monnet) or Kosovo.

The course provides up to 25 places for applicants and is open to postgraduates with an academic degree in Public Policy/ or Management, Economics or Business, Political Sciences or Law. Students come from different backgrounds and benefit from opportunities to develop a European perspective and to broaden their knowledge and skills in significant aspects of European management. Due to the demanding time frame high academic standards and a very diligent work schedule are required.


The faculty is composed of international and national university lecturers and EU practitioners. Emphasis is laid on an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and learning, group work, discussions and a lively exchange between participants. Due to the international set-up of the programme, students will be confronted with the need to cope with the cultural and individual differences that arise in a multicultural setting, familiarising them with working across cultures and working in international teams.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    60 ECTS The degree program can be studied in two options. Option 1 spans three semesters and equals 90 ECTS for students entering the program with 210 ECTS, Option 2 comprises two semesters for students with 240 ECTS upon entering the program.
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Partnership
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 18 months
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Academic Requirements

Applicants must hold a German or international degree (qualified bachelor) in public policy or management, economics or business, political science or law or a comparable degree of the German mark “Good (2)” or ECTS grade “B”. Fluency in English is required and must be demonstrated (by students whose native language is not English) with the TOEFL exam (minimum of 220 points computer-based or 560 paper-based) or an equivalent test like the IELTS (at least 6,0).

Applications must include: a registration form, a curriculum vitae, proof of his/ her university degree, a letter of recommendation from an employer/ university teacher, an essay outlining the candidate’s interest in the programme and career goals, the address and telephone number (e-mail address, if available) to which all correspondence should be sent. Thorough knowledge of and/or interest in international, intercultural and European topics must seem convincing As far as the candidate has work experience, e.g. within international organizations and firms or in the Foreign Service, this will be considered during the selection process.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 7900 International
  • EUR 7900 EEA
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