European Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Aalborg University offers a two year (four semesters) Master of Social Science programme in European Studies.The focus is on European integration, and the courses are in English.


European integration - subjects of your own interest

We offer an innovative Master's programme on European Integration, understood in a wide sense. The courses cover a wide range of issues in this context, but most of the time our students can work independently on special subjects of their interest, in group work but also individually. A simulation game is also part of the programme. The many common activities make it easy to find friends.

Problem-based learning in a colourful international milieu

We believe in interdisciplinarity and problem-based, active learning to a very high extent. An internship at e.g. an EU institution is also part of the programme, assuring a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. Together with our neighbouring program of Development and International Relations, with whom we cooperate on many fields, we are part of a colourful international milieu, also on the side of the teachers. Our students thereby also learn to work in international teams, something which many employers appreciate. The Master's programme in European Studies aims at giving students a theoretical knowledge of economic and political developments in Europe and insights into the institutions and processes of the European Union. Students will also improve their ability to analyse economic, social, cultural or political aspects of developments in Europe within an interdisciplinary context.

Guest student programme

Students may wish to join us for a half year (30 ECTS) following either the first semester of the Master's degree, or alternatively the second semester. Students wishing to join the second semester, which rebuilds on knowledge of the European Union and its policies and of International Relations taught in the first semester, should possess a similar knowledge at entry, possibly through previous European Studies or Political Science courses. Please note the English skills requirements of the courses.

Job and career

In the Europeaan Studies Programme you have the opportunity to become a dynamic practitioner in your field, whether your interests are strategic, managerial, policy-related, or all of the above.

As a comprehensive study undertaken by the Career Centre at Aalborg University revealed, our graduates have been successful entrants on the labour market, finding relevant positions in numerous fields, in the public sector and in private companies. This certainly also reflects the centrality which matters of European integration have acquired in most aspects of society.

Programme Structure

The four-semester programme (120 ECTS) is organised as follows:

  • The First Semester (September 1st until mid January) consists of course work and project work in the areas of comparative regional integration, the external role of the EU and of International Relations. (For a detailed description, click here.)
  • The Second Semester (February 1st until mid-June) involves course work and project work mainly in the area of EU policies, EU institutions and EU law and European Political Economy. Also a Simulation Game is part of the semester
  • The Third Semester (September to late January) involves an internship in an EU, national or non-governmental agency within Europe, or a study period at a foreign university. (Read more here)
  • During the Fourth Semester (February to late June), students write their Master's Thesis. The Thesis is an independent research work of about 80-100 pages with an in-depth study of a problem-area within the field of European Studies. The writing of a Master’s Thesis is credited with 30 ECTS.


The programme is open to Danish and foreign students with a B.S. or B.A. degree in social science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Although International Relations, European Studies is an interdisciplinary study, a social science background is essential. A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science, History, Human Geography, Law or Anthropology qualifies for application. Certain humanistic Bachelor’s degrees such as Languages and International Studies and International Business Communication equally qualify for application.

Restricted admission to the master's degree programme in european studies

As of 2016, admission will be restricted to the Master's degree programme in European Studies. The number of student places will be:

  • 34 student places at European Studies (Aalborg)
  • 1 student place at European Studies with specialisation in China and International Relations (Aalborg and Beijing).

If you want to apply for the Master's degree programme in European Studies with specialisation in either Arctic Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Gender Studies or Chinese Area Studies, you must apply for hte Mater's degree programme in European Studies (Aalborg).

Assessment and prioritisation of the qualified applicants will take place on the basis of the following selection criterion:
  • The grade point average for ECTS credits obtained during the qualifying Bachelor's degree at the time of application.

Applicants who already have a Master's degree will normally only be admitted to a new Master's degree programme with restricted admission if vacant student places are available. In case of exceptional circumstances, you can apply for an exemption. Together with your application for admission, please enclose documentation for the exceptional circumstances in question.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 5957 International
  • Free EU/EEA

DKK 44,300


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