Deze opleiding

The two-year research master in European Studies (RMES) is an interdisciplinary programme that combines political science and international relations with history and sociology.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competences, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

  • Choose a study specialisation (year 1):

Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union.
  • Choose a graduation package (year 2):

Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship.​

Unique features:
  • A small, close-knit community of students and researchers (average intake 12-15 students)
  • Over 90% international students
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Top-rated faculty (Higher Education Guide/ Keuzegids 2017)
  • Scholarships are available towards tuition, maintenance, study abroad and internships

Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

A unique feature of Maastricht University is Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Students work in small groups on an academic or practical problem. PBL is a student-centred approach to learning; your teachers are there to help you along, but you are in charge of the learning process. This active approach to teaching encourages you to get involved and allows you to voice your own opinion.


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opbouwThe programme offers the possibility to follow a double degree track, which results in two master's diplomas. It combines political science and the study of international relations with history and the cultural sciences. It explores the politics, policies and administration of the European Union while using a distinctive didactic model. It culminates in a master's thesis and a PhD research proposal.
1e jaar In the first year of this Research Master, you conduct research projects for each core module. You also follow parallel methods and skills trainings, such as quantitative and qualitative techniques, comparative methods and discourse analysis. However, there is room for choice as well. You can take electives about politics of information, EU-Asia relation, or the symbolic construction of European community, for example.
European Integration: State of the Art
5 EC
Research Methodology of European Studies
3 EC
Social Sciences Statistics
3 EC
Writing and presenting a Reseach Paper
2 EC
Case Study Methods and Process-Tracing OR Methods and Sources in Historical Analysis OR Linear and Generalised Linear Regression
5 EC
Historicising EU OR Democratic Governance and Representation in Europe OR Europe and the World
8 EC
Research Design
4 EC
Qualitative Interviewing OR Survey Data Methodology
3 EC
The Symbolic Construction of European Community or Information, Expertise and Politics in the EU OR EU-Aisia Relations in the Context of Global Change
8 EC
Qualitative Content Analysis OR Multi-level and Longitudinal Modeling
5 EC
Thesis Proposal
4 EC
Research Project
10 EC
2e jaar In your second year you can choose 1 of the 4 options below:
  • Option A: Courses Europeanisation and Integrated Skills III + your Thesis
  • Option B: A Research Internship + your Thesis
  • Option C: Study abroad + your Thesis
  • Option D: Double Degree Programme + your Thesis
Option A: 2 courses; Europeanisation + Democracy and International Regimes
24 EC
Option B: Research Internship (individual Research Project
24 EC
Option C: Study Abroad at a selected Partner Institution
24 EC
Option D: Double Degree Programme at University of Cologne
24 EC
MSc Thesis
34 EC
Option A, B, C: Additional course Academic Publishing and Grant Acquisition
2 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet45% zelfstudie
35% theorie
20% praktijk
literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, hoorcollege, werkgroep, workshop, groepsdiscussie, individuele opdracht, zelfstudie, seminar
This programme distinguishes itself from other research masters in the field by combining the social and cultural sciences and by its distinctive didactic model, incorporating the use of seminars, workshops, methods courses and skills training in the first year; colloquia, workshops and skills in the second year.
The overall objective of the programme is to equip future PhD students and analysts with a broad range of scientific methods and theoretical approaches relevant to the analysis of European phenomena.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2060 (€1030 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 13800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 13800

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
WO bachelor• a bachelor’s degree from a European Studies programme or a relevant academic field (political science, international relations, international law, international economics, contemporary history, cultural studies)
WO mastertoelaatbaar

A certified transcript of academic records (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)

Strong academic abilities, as testified by the quality of specimens of bachelor's work and GPA. A strong base of knowledge of European history, the European policy process, the institutional structure of the European Union and theories and methods of social and political science

non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications:
IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0 overall & 6.5 writing
TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 internet-based (minimum score writing internet-based test 25)
Cambridge Proficiency Certificate (grade A, B, C)
Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grade A, B,+)

A bachelor's degree from a European Studies programme or a relevant academic field (political science, international relations, international law, international

All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Provide good arguments about why you
want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you expect that you
can successfully complete the programme.

studie kosten
bron: Maastricht University
bedrag kostenpost
€ 350
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


19 studenten volgen deze opleiding
47% daarvan is vrouw
12 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
58% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
9323studenten woonachtig   
€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Eva Durlinger
Prof. Thomas Christiansen

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Research Master in European Studies aan de Maastricht University is beoordeeld door 11 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.5 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Graduates of the research-intensive master's in European Studies are fully prepared to work as researchers in the field. Most of our alumni either go on to do doctoral research or find a professional research position at a think tank, consultancy, NGO, government agency or private research institute.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates emerge fully prepared to work as researchers in the field. There are two main career paths:

  • Doctoral research in Maastricht or at other universities in the Netherlands or abroad (and as this is an intense, two-year programme, it may even save you a year of your PhD)
  • Research-related work in a think tank, consultancy, NGO, government agency, private research institute, etc.

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Potentiële beroepen

administrator, centre for the study of international governance (csig)
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board member, european youth forum
freelance research assistant, european journalism centre
internal communications advisor, vallourec
reporter, inter press service (ips)
bron: StudieData


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