To be admitted to the Double Master's Programme in European Studies, candidates need to apply both to the University of Cologne and Maastricht University.
For more information on the additional application at Maastricht University, please visit Maastricht University's website
- A bachelor's degree with at least 36 ECTS credits in Political Science and at least 9 ECTS credits Methodology and Empirical Social Research. Please note the specifications on the allocation of courses to the subject areas.
- Overall grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system) in the bachelor's degree
- English language skills (please check the information here for the English language requirements)
Application documents for Master's Application Portal
Documents required for the Master Application Portal:
Students need to fulfil the requirements of both universities in order to be admitted to the Double Master's Programme.
- Bachelor's degree certificate: If you have not finished your bachelor studies but have passed at least 80% of the required credits (at least 144 credits in a bachelor degree carrying 180 ECTS credits), you can apply by submitting a confirmation of all credits earned so far, along with a provisional average grade computed and certified by your examination office. The remaining credits must be earned by 30 September at the latest.
- Transcript of records, stamped and signed.
- Transcript of semester abroad: If examinations passed abroad should be considered for meeting the admission criteria, the courses have to be recognised by your home university as part of the bachelor programme. Courses must be recorded in your transcript of records.
- University entrance qualification e.g. school leaving certificate/A-level/Abitur.
- Official description of the content of all taken bachelor courses/lectures e.g. course catalogue/ module catalogue or PDF-file with link to course descriptions on the university's website.
- CV in English.
- Letter of motivation in English. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this Double Master's Programme and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme. You may submit the same motivation letter for your application to Maastricht University.
- Two writing samples: Proof of sufficient academic writing/research skills. Please submit an academic paper, and/or a thesis from your bachelor’s programme written in English or German and/or an essay on a topic specified by the Admission Board of Maastricht University. If you have questions on further specifications which writing samples will be accepted, please contact Maastricht University.
- Proof of sufficient English language skills; Please check here for the requirements at Cologne. For the requirements at Maastricht University, please check their website).
Please read all information regarding the application procedure for master's programmes at the WiSo Faculty here. If you have any further questions on the application to the Double Master's Programme, do not hesitate to contact us. For more information on the application documents to be handed in to Maastricht University, please check Maastricht University's website.
Application Documents for uni-assist
Students, who did not obtain their bachelor's degree in Germany or at Maastricht University must additionally apply via uni-assist by handing in the following documents by post after registering online:
- authenticated (and translated) copy of bachelor's degree certification or attestation of 80% studies (and Transcript of Records)
- authenticated (and translated) copy of university entrance qualification (e.g. A-level/Abitur)
- authenticated copy of proof of English language proficiency (We have suspended the language test via uni-assist for students who cannot provide this by the deadline. Now you do not have to present a certified language certificate to uni-assist. Should uni-assist have evaluated you negatively due to a lack of language skills or the wrong form of the language certificate, your application will automatically be re-evaluated.)
- applicants with Chinese (except Hong Kong), Mongolian or Vietnamese bachelor’s certificates must submit an original APS certificate (certified copies cannot be accepted)
We are able to accept documents in English or German. Documents in other languages will need to be translated. For information on where and how to authenticate and translate your documents for the uni-assist application, please check the country-specific guides from uni-assist.
When applying at uni-assist, please select the following programme: Köln, Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne) and then Uni Köln, Master Uni, Politikwissenschaft (Political Sciences). Further information can be found on the website of uni-assist.
The application for the Double Master's Programme in European Studies takes place both through Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. Please note the different application deadlines at the two universities.
At the University of Cologne:
The application deadline is 15 May 2021 for a study start in the fall term 2021/22.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree acquired outside of Germany and not from Maastricht University must additionally apply via uni-assist online and via post by 30 April 2021 (date of receipt).
At Maastricht University:
Applications for the Double Master's Programme are assessed by both universities. Once students are admitted to both universities, they can be considered for the Double Master's Programme. The University of Cologne admissions board will communicate its decision at the end of July. The study programme starts in September in Maastricht.
Where an application for the Double Master’s Programme is unsuccessful, it may still be considered for the standard M.A. in Political Science at the University of Cologne or for the standard Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University, provided all entry requirements are fulfilled.
Submit your application
At the University of Cologne:
From the end of March onwards, you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal for a study start in the fall term 2021/22. Once the portal is open, the link will be published here.
At Maastricht University: