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Master's Programme in European Studies, Double Degree Track with Konstanz University

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 184 000 SEK
First payment: 46 000 SEK

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

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This Double Degree option offers high-profiled studies for dedicated students. Study the first year in Konstanz (Germany) and the second in Gothenburg (Sweden). You will be prepared for professional careers in European and International affairs. Benefiting from dedicated research in quantitative political science at both departments, you will be very competitive when applying for doctoral positions, exemplified by that more than a handful of graduates from this track Double Degree option has made it to all way to attractive doctoral programs.

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This interdisciplinary double degree option focuses on contemporary European and International affairs. Students learn about European integration, EU and international institutions, comparative politics, and policy analysis. They focus on the pressing concerns that Europe and the world faces today such as climate change, economic and social inequality, digitalization, security, globalization, and migration.

Training in research design and the methodological techniques of social science, prepare the students for being doctoral students and qualified independent analysts. We engage with alumni, which will promote entering a career in the private sector or with an international organization, national government, civil service, non-governmental organization, or academic institutions.

Favoring students’ initiatives, choice, and activities

The mandatory courses familiarize you with theories and current research on European integration, international relations, comparative politics, European economic integration, and social science research design as well as methodological techniques. The courses have problem-based research assignments that enable you to train your capacity in critical reflection and independent written and oral presentations. In addition to the mandatory courses, you choose from elective and semi-elective courses to style your studies by focusing on areas that fits your individual interests. These are the mandatory courses:

•    Basic seminar International Administration and Conflict Management
•    Basic seminar Comparative Politics and Policy Analysis
•    Basic seminar International Relations and European Integration
•    European Integration: Current research and Theory
•    Integrating European Market
•    Methods courses: Research Design I & Research Design II

Specialize by choosing among elective and semi-electives courses, for example
•    Social Europe
•    European Environment and Energy
•    Europe in the World

International study environment and collaboration

This double degree option is part of two very international study environments. If you study this option, you will meet other students from many European countries, as well as from other countries of the world. Both departments are also spearheading the double degree trend among top universities of the world, and collaborate with the following renowned universities in Asia, Europe, and the USA: Charles University Prague; Fudan University; Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona; SciencesPo Grenoble; Tor Vergata University of Rome; University of Essex; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Nottingham; Utrecht University; and University of Warwick.

Programme structure and content

The first year the courses are organized by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, at University of Konstanz, Germany. You study together with students from many European countries and overseas, and devote much time to learn research design and methodological techniques.

The second year you study courses organized by the Centre for European Studies at the University of Gothenburg. You will enrol in the Master’ Programme in European Studies, and study together with students from many different countries in Europe and overseas. During the fourth semester, you will write master’s thesis, with seminars and peer review to assist you, along with individual supervision. During your year in Gothenburg, you have the possibility to engage in the student-led organization Brännpunkt Europa, and participate in student-led study visit trips to Brussels and other European cities.

Who should apply?

This top education offers mind-opening courses at two high caliber universities. It is extra demanding but also extra rewarding. It prepares you for a career within European and International affairs working in private industry, politics, public administration or civil society. Thanks to dedicated research design and method’s training, you will be very competitive when applying to attractive doctoral programs. You will also learn and enrich personally and professionally since you will study in two very international study environments with students from many different countries. You will meet competent teachers dedicated to bring the best out of every individual’s talents.

Prerequisites and selection


Social science track A Bachelor's Degree (180 credits) with a minimum of 90 credits of courses in social science discipline(s) such as Business Administration, Economic Geography, Economic History, Economics, European Studies, Human Geography, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Media and Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, or equivalent. A Bachelor's Degree (180 credits) with a minimum 90 credits of courses in humanities discipline(s) such as Cultural Sciences, History, History of Ideas, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or equivalent. Three years of studies (180 credits, equivalent of a Bachelor?s Degree) at the Law, or equivalent. 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. Any other entry requirements are documented in the respective course syllabus.

Special instructions for application

To study the University of Gothenburg – University of Konstanz option, you apply to the Master's Programme in European Studies Double Degree Track with Konstanz University, location Konstanz/Germany, on by mid-January.

The entrance requirements and selection criteria to this double degree option are the same as applies to the regular Master’s Programme in European Studies. For information, follow the link below. Note that your application should include a CV and a Statement of Intent. For requirements on these documents, see the link.

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The selection is based on the submitted Statement of intent and CV. Please use the assigned form. Statement of intent and CV shall be uploaded on no later than February 1.

Priority will be given to applicants with 60 credits in European Studies.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science (MSc) with a major in European Studies from the University of Gothenburg, and a Master of Arts in Politics and Public Administration, with a major in International Relations and European Integration, from the University of Konstanz.

Graduates are prepared for professional careers as well as post-graduate research related to the fields of European and International affairs.