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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 Th5
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 709pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years
    The double Master's programme in European Studies gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities.
    The international Master's programme focuses on the European Union (EU), its policies, and its institutions. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the EU as well as interdisciplinary research skills.

    Educational organisation

    Students pursue a Master of Research in European Studies at Maastricht University in their first year and complete modules of the Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Cologne in their second year. The programme is based on the mutual recognition of credit points by both universities. Students attend a colloquium and write their Master's theses during their year in Cologne. The thesis is jointly supervised by professors from both universities.
    After successful completion of the programme, students are awarded a Master of Research in European Studies by Maastricht University and a Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Students spend the first year at Maastricht University and the second year at the University of Cologne.

    Forms of assessment

    Depending on the course type, assessment may consist of written exams, oral exams, presentations as well as research papers.

    Course objectives

    The programme provides a unique opportunity for students to study European politics from a truly European perspective with all the advantages both universities have to offer.
    Double degree students will be well prepared for the demands of an international labour market in European Studies, which increasingly expects graduates to have studied in more than one country. Graduates of the programme are particularly well qualified for a career in the institutions of the European Union, other areas of public administration, or international companies. Furthermore, the research-oriented nature of the degree means that graduates are likely to move on to either doctoral research or to research-related work in think tanks, NGOs, etc.


    Language requirements

    Proof of proficiency in English at level C1 CEFR

    Academic requirements

    • A Bachelor's degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with strong proficiency in Political Science (30 ECTS). Furthermore, a minimum of additional 12 ECTS in Political Science or in Methodology and Empirical Social Research is requested.
    • Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system)
    • English at level C1 (CEFR)

    Enrolment fees

    All students accepted to the double Master's programme at the University of Cologne must pay a social contribution fee of approximately 250 EUR each semester. This includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    Costs of living

    The cost of living largely depends on your personal needs and lifestyle. For your guidance, here are some average monthly figures on the cost of living during a study visit in Cologne, based on experience:
    • Rent (including ancillary costs): 350-500 EUR
    • Books and learning material: 50 EUR
    • Food: 300 EUR
    • Leisure activities: 100-250 EUR
    • Health insurance: 75 EUR

    Arrival support

    • Welcome and social events
    • Information sessions on the double Master's programme
    • Individual advisory service
    • Buddy programme

    Services and support for international students

    Students receive comprehensive support from the International Relations Centre of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences ( ranging from advisory services to social networking events.


    Students are responsible for finding accommodation for their stay in Cologne. Students will be provided with more detailed information regarding accommodation before their arrival.
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