Master's Programme in European Studies, Double Degree-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Chapel Hill, NC
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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 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.

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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’?

International collaboration

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.

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 Transatlantic affairs working in private industry, politics, public administration, academia or civil society. You will learn and enrich personally and professionally since you get to live on two continents and experience what it takes socially and culturally. You will meet competent teachers dedicated to bring the best out of every individual’s talents. We value independent thinking, and prepare you to be a change-maker for the future. The degree qualifies you to apply for doctoral studies in political science.

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

Applications must be submitted to both University of Gothenburg (UGOT) and University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) to be eligible for a seat at this double degree. 

1. Apply to the Masters Programme in European Studies at the UGOT on by January 15, 2024. More information about the selection is available on the link below.
2. Apply to UNC-CH, by December 12, 2023 follow the specified requirements at their website. Checklist for the application:

Please note that there is application fee to UNC-CH in order for your application to be reviewed.

More information about Special instructions for application


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’s degree in Political Science, concentration European Governance, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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