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Advanced Master in European Integration and Development (EuroMaster)

Course Description

The Institute for European Studies (IES)


The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels, offers an outstanding research-focused environment in the heart of Europe. Located close to the main EU institutions, and in proximity to international organisations and law firms, there are excellent networking and internship opportunities. The lES boasts excellent teaching facilities and a modern working space, right next to the amenities of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Etterbeek campus.

The EuroMaster

The MSc European Integration and Development (EuroMaster) is an advanced Master, interdisciplinary programme offered by the Institute for European Studies (IES) in cooperation with the faculty of Economic, Political and Social Sciences and the Solvay Business School.

Programme Setup


The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions. The Programme operates as a ‘Master after Master’, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.

The one year 60 ECTS Advanced Master's programme has two 'specialisation streams':

European Political and Social Integration (EPSI)
Economic Integration (EI)

It offers students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. The Master is designed to provide graduate students of different backgrounds with an expert knowledge on European legislation, European institutions and the economic integration process.

Furthermore, those with professional backgrounds and experience in national administrations, European institutions, etc. will find the programme challenging and rewarding. A multidisciplinary approach ensures insight from economics, law, political sciences, and sociology. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted in each of the two specialisations in order to assure high quality interactive teaching.


Compulsory Courses:

Institutional and Political Aspects of the European Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
Theory of European Economic Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
The Rule of Law in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)
The EU and the Stakeholders of the Economy (first semester, 6 credits)
Research Methods (first & second semester, 3 credits)

'Economic Integration' Stream:

Competition Policy and State Aids (second semester, 6 credits)
Regional Development (second semester, 6 credits)
European Monetary Policy (first semester, 6 credits)

'European Politics and Social Integration' stream:

Cultures in Europe (first semester, 6 credits)
EU Foreign Policy (second semester, 6 credits)
Civil Society Representation and Diversity in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)

Master Thesis
(first & second semester, 15 credits)

Evening Programme

In order to allow students to combine this Master programme with their other professional activities, classes are organised in the evenings. The EuroMaster can be followed on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis.

Teaching staff


The faculty members of the EuroMaster are all experienced teachers with extensive academic credentials (e.g. PhD, publications and research activities). Several faculty members are high level EU officials and add a strong practitioners’ perspective to our programme.

Applications and scholarships


Deadline to apply for those require a visa (non-EHEA* students): 28 February 2015.
Deadline for EHEA* area students: 30 June 2015

The programme offers a limited number of scholarships that take the form of a reduced tuition fee. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Visit our website for details on how to apply.

Career & alumni


Our students are offered personalised coaching and career advice at the VUB Career Centre. Clients of the VUB Career Centre include the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Agencies and consultancies. In the past decade, the EuroMaster has proved invaluable for preparing a host of students for a career in the EU institutions and international organisations. Many EuroMaster graduates now work in the European institutions and in international organisations such as NATO, the OECD, and NGOs.

Visit the Advanced Master in European Integration and Development (EuroMaster) page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yoana Ilieva

2838.jpg If you are a university graduate or a young professional looking for concise and structured knowledge of the European Union’s institutional set-up and policy-making, taught by distinguished academics at the heart of the EU - Brussels, then the EuroMaster Programme is the right choice for you. As a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament, the programme gave me broader understanding of the pros and cons of the European Integration and the complexity of the decision-making process. This theoretical knowledge, coupled with the hands-on experience, shared by prominent guest lecturers from the European fora, helped me comprehend better the incentives for action of the different institutional stakeholders. Studying in an international environment was a life-time experience which showed me the practical dimension of the European motto “United in diversity” and revealed the opportunity to meet like-minded and creative free-thinkers.


IES scholarships - 20+ Awards

The IES scholarship take the form of a reduced tuition fee (full or partial waiver).
They are awarded on the basis of merit and demonstrated need upon decision of the program's board.
Applications for the scholarship have to be sent together with the application for the master program itself.If the board chooses to give only full tuition waivers, a maximum number of 10 scholarships are available per master program. The number can be higher if tuition is only partially waived.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 2500 EUR


The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and demonstrated need, from the academic year 2009/2010 on. Students have to apply for the scholarships when they apply for the master's program (i.e. before 28 February for admission to the program starting in September).

Application Procedure

Students applying for a scholarship have to apply for it when applying for the program.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission you should have: • a university Master’s degree (preferably in social, economic or political sciences, business, law, or contemporary history) • excellent academic results • strong references • proven proficiency in English. The Admission Board reserves the right to decide which qualifications will give access to the programme.

Last Updated

08 December 2016

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