Master's Programme in European Studies, Double Degree-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This Double Degree option offers high-profiled studies for dedicated students. Study the first year in Chapel Hill (USA), and the second in Gothenburg (Sweden). You will gain knowledge, skills, and networks that prepare you for professional careers in Transatlantic and European affairs as well as for post-graduate studies. Teaching is firmly rooted in cutting-edge international research. You will also enrich personally and professionally since you get to live on two separate continents and experience what it takes socially and culturally.
This interdisciplinary double degree option focuses on contemporary Europe and the transatlantic relationship. Students learn about European integration, EU institutions, and comparative welfare states. They focus on the pressing concerns Europe and the transatlantic relations face today such as climate change, economic and social inequality, digitalization, security, globalization, and migration. Training in the methods of social science, critical inquiry and cultural adaptability prepare students to be independent analysts. We engage with alumni to provide current students opportunities to network with graduates who pursue careers in business, education, international diplomacy, politics, law, and research.
Favoring students’ initiatives, choice, and activities
Mandatory courses familiarize you with research in comparative welfare studies, European integration, EU institutions, and social science methods. 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:
• Varieties of Democratic Capitalism in Europe and North America
• European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes
• US-EU Lecture Series
• European Integration: Current research and Theory
• Integrating European Market
• Methods courses: Statistics and Data Analysis & Statistics Sequence
• EU Today
Specialize by choosing among elective and semi-electives courses
• Comparative Tolerance
• Political Contestation
• Social Europe
• European Environment and Energy
• Europe in the World
• Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘other’?
This double degree option is part of a well-connected international network. We have renowned academic partners in Asia, Europe, and Middle East, such as: VU University of Amsterdam; Middle East Technical University, Ankara; Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona; University of Bath; Humboldt University Berlin; University of Bremen; Fudan University; Sciences Po Grenoble, Konstanz University; Complutense University of Madrid, and University of Siena.
Programme structure and content
The first year you study courses organized by the Centre for European Studies in Chapel Hill. You study together with some twenty mostly American students all enrolled in TAM II – the Transatlantic Master’s Program. Half way through the first semester, you go on a three-day study visit trip to Washington DC, doing visits to various high-profiled organizations where TAM-alumni welcomes you. Besides studying, you have the possibility to engage in the student-led organization European Horizon.
The second year you study courses organized by the Centre for European Studies at the University of Gothenburg. You will enroll in the Master in European Studies program, and study together with some forty 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. Besides studying, 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.