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Beste Studies EW 2023

Master's specialisationEuropean Union Governance and Politics | Public Administration

How can the effectiveness of EU policy be ensured? How does the EU engage with societal actors, and what effect does this have on the EU's legitimacy? This multidisciplinary Master's equips you with cutting-edge insights from public administration and political science to tackle questions like these.

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Something for you?

  • Combine the latest insights from political science and public administration to the EU;
  • Shared programme with Political Science, available in 2 variations;
  • This variation emphasizes public administration. For the variation that emphasizes political science, click here
  • Learn how policy ambitions lead to concrete results;
  • Opportunity to complete an internship and connect theory and practice;
  • Begin building a professional network;
  • International reputation for teaching, academic character and lecturer quality;
  • Based on Elsevier's 'Best Studies 2023', this Master's programme receives a bronze medal;
  • Choose a Master's that received above-average scores on four topics (Source: Keuzegids 2023).
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

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I believe that solutions to challenges such as climate change and the protection of democracy can be found at the European level.
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What will you learn

This specialisation will show you how political and social processes affect European governance, how policy is created and implemented within the EU, how issues of legitimacy are handled and how the EU approaches and solves problems. It will equip you with the skills to analyse and apply these insights to urgent cross-border social problems and often-fraught interactions between European and national governments. You will also learn to design policy interventions, advise policymakers and make connections between theoretical perspectives to reflect on how European politics and governance operate.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Graduates can expect careers in:

  • Ministries, embassies, EU institutions, local/regional government
  • Consultancy
  • Stakeholders in EU policy

Career prospects


To give you an idea of the kind of research you can expect in this specialisation, we have provided a few examples:

  • Why are the same European policies applied so differently between European states?
  • To what degree is European policymaking transparent and accountable?
  • How do politicians and policymakers cooperate effectively despite strong political polarisation on EU affairs within and between member states?

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.