The Master's degree programme in European studies is for anyone with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant social science or humanistic subject who would like to add a European dimension to their education. The purpose of the degree programme is to give you general knowledge of European conditions, political as well as historical and cultural, to build on the insight you gained in your BA studies.
With a Master’s degree in European studies, you are qualified to analyse, understand and work with both European diversity and everything that brings Europeans together. European studies is an interdisciplinary and multicultural degree programme and therefore prepares you to work in international organisations, large corporations and in public administration.
Europe is becoming more and more important for the individual. Europeans are becoming more closely connected, and Brussels is moving closer. This is at least the general impression, but it is an impression which can be challenged and discussed. In European studies, you learn to analyse the many problems and possibilities inherent in the European collaboration and Europe in general. You deal not only with EU institutions but also with analyses of cultural, social and political processes in Europe, and the question of what Europe really is.
The degree programme is aimed at students with a solid academic background who would like to add a European perspective to their education. You acquire knowledge of European affairs to supplement your Bachelor's degree. The European dimension is useful, whether you wish to work with political institutions, international organisations, the business community, the media, teaching or cultural understanding. In addition, European studies is an international Master’s degree programme where your fellow students come from all over the world. All instruction therefore takes place in English and you speak a lot of English both during classes and after hours.
Upon completion of the degree, you will receive the title Master of Arts in European Studies. If you are interested in learning more about the degree programme, please take a look here. The degree programme is offered by the Department of Culture and Society
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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:
You will find more information on academic and language requirements, along with application forms and other relevant materials here.
Prerequisites for admission to the Master’s degree programme in European studies depend which track you are seeking admissin to.
You can be admitted to the Master’s degree in European studies on the basis of a relevant humanistic or social science Bachelor’s degree. Relevant degrees include subjects can be history, anthropology, law, political science, philosophy, sociology or the like.
Examples of Bachelor’s degrees which qualify the applicant for admission to Track A:
The prerequisite for admission to track B is a completed Bachelor’s degree which includes a supplementary subject in European studies from Aarhus University.
Examples of Bachelor’s degrees which qualify the applicant for admission to Track B:
There is no fixed list of acceptable degree combinations, so if you are not sure whether your Bachelor’s degree qualifies you for admission to the programme, you are encouraged to contact the student guidance centre here.
English at B level at upper-secondary school or the equivalent is a requirement for admission: read about English language requirements.
As the Master’s programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the following criteria:
* Relevant courses include courses within the subject areas of Cultural Studies, International or European Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Political Science and other related areas.
Please note that marks/grades obtained after the time of application will not be included in the GPA.
The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the information provided by diplomas, transcripts and the statement of relevance.
2.Other relevant experience (25%)
** Work experience in e.g. NGO"s, international organisations, private companies, the public sector.
The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the information provided by the CV and other relevant documentation.
In addition to the general documentation requirements, you must upload the following documentation to your application:
1) Statement of relevance: a brief statement in English (1-2 pages) which explains:
2 Curriculum vitae
Please note that applicants for the Master’s programme in Europeans Studies are NOT required to upload course descriptions.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:
As a student of European studies, you have a unique opportunity to meet students from other countries – both within and outside Europe. The breadth of perspective and the unique form interdisciplinary rigour of European Studies attracts Danish as well as foreign students. Roughly half of our students come from other European countries or from countries in other parts of the world, contributing to a thriving, cosmopolitan atmosphere. European studies has a Friday bar that it shares with students from the international Master’s degree programme in international studies and International Global History. The bar provides an opportunity for socialising across disciplines and academic fields and is a popular venue for international as well as Danish students to meet once the scheduled weekly lectures are over.
In addition, the students of European studies often organise study tours – including tours to Brussels, where you visit EU institutions and private sector companies, meet politicians and business people and generally relax with your fellow students.
Furthermore a student conference is held every year at European Studies:
Student-to-student is your opportunity to ask about being a student at the Faculty of Arts and about Aarhus and Denmark in general to another international student who has already taken the leap and now lives in Denmark and studies for his/her Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts.
You can read more about the student-to-student service and find the list of AU international student ambassadors at Arts here.
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A Master’s degree in European studies gives you a European perspective that you can use in many different contexts:
In European studies, you can also pursue a career as an academic researcher. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree. For more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts, click here.
A Master’s degree in European studies gives you competences in the following areas:
You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.