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International study programme

Double Master's Programme in European Studies

in cooperation with Maastricht University

Key facts

Partner: Maastricht University
Programme structure: First year at Maastricht University, second year at the University of Cologne
Degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in European Studies (Research) from Maastricht University
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science from the University of Cologne
Duration: 4 semesters
Start: Fall term (September in Maastricht)
Language: English
Fees: Students pay tuition fees at Maastricht University during their first year of studies (around €2,250 for EU/EEA applicants; for more details on the tuition fees, please see the information on tuition fee at Maastricht University). At the University of Cologne, students pay a social contribution at the University of Cologne (around €320 per semester, including a public transport card).


As a student of the Double Master's Programme in European Studies, you benefit from the expertise of two top universities. You spend one year studying at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and one year at the University of Cologne and will graduate with two master’s degrees: a Master of Science in European Studies (Research) from Maastricht University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cologne. The programme is integrated into these degree programmes and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which you will write during your second year of studies.


The international master's programme is an ambitious, research-based and interdisciplinary programme. You develop an in-depth understanding of the institutions of the European Union and the challenges of politics and policies in an integrated Europe. The programme aims to teach you to apply quantitative and qualitative method skills, enabling you to operate at an advanced level in an international research environment.

Partner: Maastricht University

Maastricht University has a strong international orientation, reflected in its international student body and extensive international research. Its educational approach and learning methods are based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The Master in European Studies (Research) at Maastricht University is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


The courses available at the two universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range from which you can benefit. You can choose between different specialisations and course options, depending on your personal interest. Please consult the Maastricht course catalogue and the UoC course catalogue to get an impression of the content of the courses. There may be minor changes in the course catalogues for upcoming academic years.

Career prospects

The programme prepares you for positions where strong research competencies are needed. You will be qualified for a career in the institutions of the European Union, other areas of public administration, non-governmental organisations or in the private sector. The research-oriented nature of the programme also enables you to move on to doctoral research or to research-related work in think tanks. Since these careers require familiarity with different academic cultures and an international profile, graduates with a double degree come well prepared.



Would you like to know more details about the programme? Get in contact with me during my advising hour or anytime during regular office hours by phone (Mon-Thu).

Programme Management
Xenia Elbrächter, Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702
Email: Contact form

Advising hour:
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm by phone or in-person. You can schedule an in-person appointment here.