European Union Studies

The master’s specialisation in European Union Studies at Leiden University covers the EU’s broad geographical sweep from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Reasons to choose European Union Studies at Leiden University

  • Follow lectures by academic staff, internationally renowned in their fields, or choose an elective taught by a practitioner, combining academic insights with practical experience in politics, government, advisory bodies and think tanks.
  • Analyse and explore the core concerns of the European Union, an increasingly complex and fascinating political and socio-economic landscape.
  • Look at the internal and external developments of post-war Europe and examine the current state of affairs within the European Union.
  • You will benefit from the close contacts between the University and national and international government institutions in The Hague, as well as the unique wealth of area studies at Leiden University.

Explore the European Union from a number of standpoints, which will include:

  1. Examining post-war Western Europe in its own institutional setting;
  2. Looking at Western Europe’s relationship with the rest of the world;
  3. Taking part in research seminars and guest lectures led by leading national and international experts and academics in the field;
  4. Addressing unique clusters of questions using concepts, theories, methodologies and models from:
    • Economics
    • History
    • Law
    • Political science

Check out the European Union Studies programme.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: International Relations
  • Degree Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60734

Dr. Jan Oster

Dr. Jan Oster

“The main strength of our European Union Studies master’s programme is that we focus on one topic, the European Union, with different theories and concepts: history, economics, political science and law. This makes our programme unique and unrivalled.”

“Our classes are given by academic staff as well as by practitioners with a background in politics, diplomacy, business and the non-governmental sector. Our students also regularly attend the very popular European Seminar in The Hague, where academics, journalists and politicians provide first-hand insight into their work. One of the highlights of the academic year is the three-day trip to Brussels, where our students visit EU institutions, member states’ representations and lobby groups together with one of their lecturers.

With their MA degree in International Relations: European Union Studies our students are not only experts in the ever increasing field of EU policy, which is the ideal preparation for a career in EU institutions or as policy advisors. We also furnish them with the necessary analytical, research and writing skills, and we encourage their independent and critical thinking. Therefore, many graduates of our programme also work in private companies or pursue an academic career.

I am proud to teach students from all over the world and with different educational backgrounds in our international and interdisciplinary programme. I do particularly enjoy our lively and engaged classroom discussions, which often inspire my own research.”

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