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Executive Master's Programme in European Studies

Master’s programme
2 years
60 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
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Full education cost: 87 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This programme addresses mid-career professionals across the non-profit, public, and private sectors, who want to expand their analytical capacity and network. As a student of the programme, you will sharpen your critical and strategical ability to handle the complexities of current European challenges, such as co-operation and conflict in Europe, EU’s global role, energy and environment issues, market integration, migration and employment. You will study part-time over a two-year period, predominantly remotely and online.


Europe is facing challenges, both now and in the future. What happens to European cohesion and democratic values when prosperity gaps increase, as well as political conflict over migration issues? Does Europe continue to prioritize being globally competitive, or does it become a pioneer in sustainable development? How do conflicts at the borders of Europe, and the dependence on oil and gas, give rise to new security risks?

Our way of meeting these challenges is through research and education, but we also recognize a need for collaboration between policy-makers, the public, and universities. To this end, the Executive Master’s Programme in European Studies (EMAES) accepts a limited group of professionally active individuals in the area of European affairs to work together to address important European issues and to bring their new knowledge back to society.

Programme structure and content

The programme is taught part-time over two years. Our research methods course starts the programme and runs in parallel to the other courses during the first three semesters.

The other courses are:

  • First semester: Co-operation and Conflict in Europe.
  • Second semester: European market integration, and one of the semi-elective courses Environment and Energy in European Integration or The European Social Dimension.
  • Third semester: Continuation of the semi-elective course and EU as a Global Actor.
  • Fourth semester: Master thesis course.

Programme structure and content

EMAES is designed for students who wish to remain professionally
active while studying. Thus, the programme is part-time and the teaching
is predominantly online.

The programme is interdisciplinary and organized by the Centre for European Studies (CES), with lecturers from various academic disciplines. The lecturers are also researchers with interdisciplinary interests in European issues, connected to the Centre for European Research (CERGU). Together, CES and CERGU comprise a complete academic European milieu, and a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Gothenburg. In addition to this, a council (REGU) of prominent members of the field is tied to the programme.

    Who should apply?

    Your job requires you to deal with the complex issues of the contemporary world. Perhaps you work with issues such as energy management, migration, security, the labour market, or one of the countless other areas affected by European integration. You would like to further your analytical skills and gain a deeper understanding of Europe and the European Union. At the same time, you would like to carry on working while you study.

    Prerequisites and selection


    The entry requirements for admission to the programme, is: a Bachelor?s degree (180 hec) or equivalent. A minimum of 5 years documented full time work experience in the field of European Affairs, in a wide sense, as well as current professional activity in this field. English proficiency, equivalent of English 6/English Course B. Any other entry requirements are documented in the respective course syllabus.

    Special instructions for application

    For more information about the entrance requirements and selection
    criteria, follow the link below. Please note that your application should include a CV, a Statement of Intent and documentation confirming five years of work experience within the field of European Affairs (in a broad sense). For requirements on these documents, see instructions for application.

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    The selection is based on the submitted CV and Statement of Intent. Use the assigned form. 
    Statement of intent and CV shall be uploaded on no later than May 4.

    After graduation

    Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in European Studies. EMAES alumni are active in a variety of fields of work and organizations such as EU institutions, local and regional interest organisations, embassies and international organisations.


    The Department of Political Science, is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the city centre of Gothenburg, the second largest city of Sweden.

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