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Master's Programme in European Studies, Social Science Track

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-67699
Tuition
Full education cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK
Application closed

Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-17697
Tuition
Full education cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK
Application closed

Summary

The social science track of the Master’s Programme in European Studies deals with key European challenges and dilemmas: economic and political integration; environmental management and conflicts; the rights and obligations of European citizenship; and levels of access to European citizenship. Major economic, political, and social challenges are increasingly being met with European solutions, and Europe is developing a single voice on the global stage. Do you want to learn more about the impact of Europe?

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About

This programme provides deep knowledge about current salient policy issues and dominating theories within the European studies field. European integration affects economic, legal, political, and social conditions; for this reason, the programme is hosted by the Centre for European Studies, which has a unique and long-held competence in interdisciplinary European studies. Our teaching staff comes from economics, the humanities, law, and the social sciences, and we cooperate closely with the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg, ensuring our teaching is connected to current research. We dedicate a full semester to your master’s thesis, and you will have access to mentors involved in a diversity of research areas.

Focus on your personal interests

You will explore a broad range of topics, including political, historical, ideational, cultural, economic, and social aspects of contemporary Europe. One semester is dedicated to your choice of an internship or elective courses. An internship allows you the opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you acquire during the programme into practice, and we have a history of students pursuing successful internships at major European Union institutions, the United Nations, foreign ministries, and other public and private organizations and companies. If you want to deepen your focus in academia, you may alternatively choose elective courses. Lastly, we offer four methods specializations that you can choose from according to your ambitions.

International collaboration

We collaborate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Fudan University in Shanghai, Charles University in Prague, Sciences Po in Paris, and Konstanz University in Germany. In December of your first year, you can apply for the double degree track with Fudan University. If accepted, you will study the second year at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University in Shanghai, and receive a master’s degree from each university. You may also apply directly to the double degree track with Konstanz University in Germany or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, both of which follow the same timeline.

Why choose the social science track? 

In the social science track, we provide you with a deep understanding of the research community’s efforts to study the European Union, including critical analysis of important research in European studies. Furthermore, you will gain thorough knowledge of the complex process of creating a single internal market, and you will analyse problems that have arisen and the interplay between formal legal restrictions, economic functions of the single market, and the political policy-making process.

Programme structure and content

The first semester consists of three mandatory courses: European Heritage and Identity, European Integration: Current Research and Theory and Integrating European Markets.

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 one of the following semi-elective courses: Social Europe, European Environment or Europe in the World. Then, you choose among the following four methods courses: Applied Statistical Analysis, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Problems and Design,  Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists. The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis.

Who should apply?

If you want to learn more about the
impact of Europe on the global stage and want to pursue a career in the European
political or economic field, then apply for the social science track of the Master’s Programme in European Studies.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 90 credits in consecutive courses in a social science discipline such as Business Administration, Economic Geography, Economic History, Economics, European Studies, Human Geography, International Relations, Media and Communication, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, Public Administration or equivalent, or 90 credits in consecutive courses in a humanities discipline such as Cultural Sciences, History, History of Ideas, Philosophy, Religious Studies or equivalent. Students at the Law Programme are also eligible to apply to the Master's Programme, after three years 180 credits equivalent of a bachelor degree. 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.

Selection

The mode of selection for Advanced Level Undergraduate Studies can vary. Previous university education, work experience, tests etc, can for example be taken into consideration.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive
the degree Master of Science in European Studies. You will be prepared for a career
within public and private organizations, the cultural sector, or further
research at the doctoral level. You will have a solid foundation for careers as
policy analyst or developer within the European political and economic
field. 

Exchange opportunities

In addition to personal development and an increased understanding of the outside world, studying abroad gives you a sharper resume with international experience. Students who have studied abroad have and continue to develop characteristics such as adaptability, the ability of initiative and ability to handle unexpected situations. In addition, you improve your language skills and gain an international network of friends for life!

During your studies, you have the opportunity to study one or two semesters abroad. We co-operate with universities in countries such as the Netherlands, the USA and South Korea. Start planning your exchange studies early so you know when to go and when you need to apply.  

More information about exchange opportunities

Internship

You can do an internship, in Sweden or abroad, during the elective semester of the programme. Many students state that the internship is the best thing they have done during their studies! It provides new perspectives and prepares you for your future working life. You also get the chance to network, which has proven to be important when looking for jobs.

You choose and apply for an internship yourself, but it must be approved by the Department of Political Science. One of the requirements is that you can be offered qualified assignments that involve independent analytical work, where you develop what you have learned during your studies. Examples of common internship organisations are embassies, authorities, consultancy agencies and international organisations such as the EU and the UN.

More information about Internship