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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
Study form
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Full education cost: 85 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK

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

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The Executive Master’s Programme in European Studies addresses mid-career professionals across the non-profit, public, and private sectors, who want to expand their analytical capacity and networks. As a student of the programme, you will sharpen your ability to critically and strategically handle the complexities of current European challenges, such as energy, migration, employment, sustainable development, cultural differences, and security. You will study on a half-time basis over a two-year period, with most work done online.


Europe is facing challenges, both
now and in the future. What happens to European cohesion and democratic values
when prosperity gaps increase and countries come under pressure of increased
migration? Does Europe continue to prioritize being globally competitive,
or does it become a pioneer in sustainable development? And how do
conflicts on 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 select group of twenty 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

Study while you continue working

EMAES prepares you with the
knowledge needed to address the challenges of our contemporary and future
society. It is taught by teachers and researchers at the Centre for European Studies,
a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Gothenburg. In addition
to this, a council of prominent members of the field is tied to
the programme, including former commissioner Cecilia Malmström. EMAES is designed
for students who wish to remain professionally active while studying. Thus, the
programme is part-time and the majority is taught online. You will be expected
to come to Gothenburg on occasion to participate in seminars, exams, social
events, and to meet your fellow classmates.  


EMAES courses present research
approaches and offer practical training in research methods relevant to the
field of European Studies, allowing you to incorporate your own professional
experiences into the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to sharpen your
ability to critically and strategically handle the complexities of current
European challenges. The studies are interdisciplinary and based on literature,
perspectives, and lecturers from various academic disciplines in social sciences,
humanities, economics, and law.

Remote studies

Due to the current situation with the new Corona virus, the entire autumn term for EMAES will be carried out as remote studies. All "campus meetings" until March 2021 will be held online.

Programme structure and content

The programme is taught part-time
over two years, and is comprised of courses on theories and methods of European
research. We have an innovative approach to teaching research methods, with the
majority of the methods teaching integrated with the other courses. Thus, you
can immediately apply methods to relevant material and questions as you learn
them. In the second and third semesters, you can choose to focus on social
or environmental electives.

    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 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


    A Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent. A minimum of five years documented work experience within the field of European Affairs (in a wide sense). Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


    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. Students who recently studied or
    are currently studying EMAES are active in a variety of fields of work and
    organizations such as: Business Region Göteborg AB, CPMR Baltic Sea
    Commission, European Banking Authority, Embassy of Spain in Stockholm, German Embassy in Bangkok and Interpol.