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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 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 €2,150 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 €285 per semester, including a public transport card).



The programme is integrated into the Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University and the Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Cologne and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which is written during the second year of study.

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 the entry requirements and how to apply? Take a look at our application website.