Master's Programme in European Studies, Double Degree Track with Konstanz University
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.
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
• Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘other’?
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.