M.A. European Studies

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 9,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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We eat Italian pizza and drink Belgian beer. We drive German cars and listen to Swedish pop music. We read English thrillers and watch French films. We go skiing in Norway and sunbathe on beaches in Greece. Although the 30 countries of the European continent have much in common, at the same time they are very different. Today, Europeans are more closely connected to one another than ever before. With an MA in European Studies, you will be qualified to analyse, understand and work not only with European diversity, but with all that connects Europeans.

Multicultural, interdisciplinary environment

In this programme you will work with European issues using a range of different approaches. You will get to know the EU institutions and analyse cultural, social and political processes in Europe; you will engage with the question of what Europe really is. The European Studies programme is both interdisciplinary and international. As a student of European Studies, you will have a unique opportunity to work with students from other countries, both within and outside Europe. This also means that you will have the opportunity to speak a great deal of English, both during and outside class.

STUDY profile

The programme objective is to provide you with a thorough knowledge of political and cultural European affairs and of the theories and methodologies needed to analyse them. You will gain insight into how large-scale interdisciplinary projects are executed in international teams, and you will get used to communicating on a daily basis in a language other than your native language.


An MA in European Studies gives a European perspective that is relevant in career paths ranging from political institutions to international organisations, from the corporate world, to the media, to teaching cultural understanding. Graduates in European Studies find work in both European and international institutions, interest groups and professional bodies. They may choose to teach at university or high-school level, or to be communicators on key European issues in radio and news media. They are qualified to work in planning and implementing qualitative projects and studies in both public and private sectors. Further options include applying for admission to the university’s PhD programme, either after the first year of the MA programme or on completion of the thesis.


Semester 1

Introduktion 30 ECTS
Semester 2

Project theme 1 & 2 20 ECTS-10 ECTS
Semester 3Current affairs 10 ECTS
The history of idea of Europe10 ECTS
Semester 4

MA thesis 30 ECTS


Access to the Master’s Programme in European Studies at Aarhus University requires successful completion of a relevant BA degree within Humanities or Social Sciences (e.g. Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, International studies, European studies, Political science, Media studies, Philosophy).

Only students who fulfil these requirements should apply.

The Master’s degree programme in European studies consists of two years of full-time study (120 ECTS) and is divided into two tracks:

  • Track A consists of two years of work in the field of European studies
  • Track B consists of two years of work in the field of European studies. Only students who have completed a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in European studies at Aarhus University are eligible to apply.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83



The MA in European Studies at Aarhus University was accredited in 2009 by national accreditation agency ACE Denmark.

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