Presenting the reformed Master's Programme in European Studies - European Policy Analysis, which is valid from October 2018 onwards for first-year students.
The master’s programme in European Studies European Policy Analysis prepares students to analyse, evaluate and influence the policymaking process of the European Union. It does so by combining insights from political science, sociology, cultural studies and economics.
By linking an interdisciplinary academic education with practice-centred teaching formats students will learn to think critically about today’s challenges and develop practical solutions based in sound knowledge. In addition to the core academic component of this course of study students will gain skills in communication, teamwork and knowledge transfer so as to be ideally prepared for the job market.
When applying for this degree prospective students can choose between one of two specializations on offer:
2. Structure & Content
The master’s programme in European Studies European Policy Analysis is based on the following structure:
Disciplinary and methodological basics
The first term is devoted to gain or brush up on essential academic knowledge relevant for European Studies. Student will enrol in thematic introductory courses according to their specialization and take modules on research methods.
Introducing European Policy Analysis
In this term students will enrol in the core module introducing Policy Analysis which can be complemented by elective courses based on individual student’s preferences.
Transfer of academic approaches in practice and beyond Europe
In this second year of studies students will take courses in which they apply their academic knowledge in a concrete policy context. Electives complete a transfer module. In this module, students transfer the technical and methodical contents of a critical confrontation with practitioners in the field of EU-policymaking to a concrete context of application. Elective courses will allow them to delve into specific policy areas or gain broader insights into European policy challenges at hand.
Independent Policy Analysis
In the last term, students demonstrate what they have learned through a group project on a specific issue at hand. This will allow them to demonstrate how their academic skills contribute to generating practical findings. By presenting the outcome of their work in various ways, including a self-organized conference the focus thus shifts to the practical implications of what students have learned. Lastly, students will be able to use this term to write their master’s thesis.
Students apply for ONE of the two specializations. Admission is based on previous qualifications. Besides a completed bachelor’s degree, applicants have to demonstrate fulfilling the following requirements for the two specializations:
- European Social and Economic Policy Analysis:
Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or economics with at least 18 CP in quantitative method
English language C1 level (CEFR)
German language skills are recommended (non-obligatory)
European Social and Cultural Policy Analysis:
Bachelor’s degree with at least 40 CP in two of the following subjects:
Political science, sociology, history, linguistics, cultural science, media studies
English language C1 level (CEFR)
Verified German language skills
German university entrance qualification, German undergraduate degree, DSH-Stufe 2, TestDaf-Stufe 4, ZOP or equivalent
At least 3-month experience abroad is recommended
- Application with a German undergraduate degree via OVGU application portal July 15th
- Application with an international undergraduate degree via uni-assist July 15th
4. Study Environment
Students deciding to study in Magdeburg can look forward to being part of a small cohort in a learning environment where the contributions of each individual are appreciated. Not only will the small size of the cohorts allow students to get to know each other, but also to maintain direct contact with and exchange frequently with their lecturers and professors.
Here are some impressions and testimonials of current students of the European Studies in Magdeburg.
If you have concrete questions for current our students, please do not hesitate to contact our students’ representatives.
5. Qualifications & Career options
A Master’s degree in European Studies European Policy Analysis allows graduates to continue their career in academia (PhD), as well as entering into the labour market with their specific and tailored skillset.
The focus lies on public and private sector institutions and organizations involved in policymaking. Through our rigorous interdisciplinary approach and the focus on the policy practice of entities such as the EU’s institutions, graduates are ideally qualified for jobs within the public EU, governmental- or sub-national fields, as well as in corporations and civil society actors which must increasingly consider EU decision-making processes in their activity.