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Keuzegids 2022 masters

Master's specialisationEuropean Union Politics and Governance | Political Science

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 politics and governance 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 Public Administration with an emphasis on Political Science.
  • Learn how policy ambitions (fails to) lead to concrete results.
  • Opportunity to complete an internship and connect theory with practice.
  • Begin building a professional network.
  • International reputation for teaching, academic character and lecturer quality.
  • Choose a Master's that received above-average scores on its quality of teaching and its active and engaging academic community (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 have learned that in many organisations, people with specific EU knowledge are needed – even at the regional level.
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What will you learn

This specialisation will teach you how political and social processes of contestation affect European governance, how policy is created and implemented within the EU, how issues of legitimacy are handled and how problems are approached and solved. You will learn to apply these insights to urgent cross-border social problems and the 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

Our graduates are well-equipped for positions as:

  • Policy maker at a government department or at the European institutions
  • Consultant at national or supranational institutions
  • Researcher

Career prospects


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

  • How can the EU affect global politics as a regional integration organisation?
  • How can we better understand the EU's institutional design?
  • 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.