Master's Programme in European Studies, Social Science Track
This programme deals with key European challenges and dilemmas from diverse disciplinary perspectives. You will increase your knowledge and sharpen your ability to analyse and evaluate the complexities of the economic, social and political developments in Europe. We have an active, international and welcoming study environment, combined with an emphasis on research informed teaching. You will be prepared for professional careers in the field of European affairs, or further research at the doctoral level.
Master's Programme in European Studies – Social Science track
This programme provides knowledge about current salient policy issues and dominating theories within the European studies field. You will learn how to analyse the economic, political, cultural and social developments in Europe. We focus on interactions and tensions between different countries, actors, societal levels and groups. We study crises and change, as well as the driving forces and consequences of European integration and disintegration.
You can tailor the education to your own needs, by choosing among our in-depth semi-elective courses in environmental or social issues, or the developments in Eastern Europe or EU in the World.
As a student of the Master’s Programme in European Studies, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary milieu in close collaboration with the Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University (CERGU). Our teaching staff are also researchers in economics, the humanities, law, and the social sciences. We offer you a unique possibility to deepen your understanding of economic, social, cultural and political perspectives on contemporary challenges in Europe.
Three double degree options
In addition to studying Master's Programme in European Studies in Gothenburg, you can apply for three double degree options. See the links below for further information and instructions on how to apply for these.
Programme structure and content
The first semester of the social science track
consists of three mandatory courses: European Heritage and Identity,
European Integration: Current Research and Theory and Integrating
In the second semester, you can choose elective courses in Sweden or abroad, or do an internship for a half or full semester.
In the third semester, you choose first one of the following semi-elective courses: Central and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European other?, Social Europe, European Environment and Energy or Europe in the World. Secondly, you choose one of the four methods courses:
- Applied Statistical Analysis,
- Applied Qualitative Research Methods,
- Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Problems and Design,
- Introduction to Applied Research Design or Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists.
The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis, with seminars and peer review to assist you, along with individual supervision.