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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year (full-time)/ 2 years (part-time)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    €4500/year (for full-time enrolments)
    €2700/year (for part-time enrolments)

  • Last Updated

    25 February 2019

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 (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.

This 60 ECTS Advanced Master's programme consist of 4 compulsory courses:

  • Economics of European Integration
  • Policy-making and Interest Representation in the European Union
  • History and Law of the European Union
  • Research Methods Lab

These are followed by a combination of 2 specialisation options that students can select out of a list of 4:

  • European Economy
  • European External Relations and Security Policy
  • Migration and Europe
  • European Environmental Governance

You close off the programme with a Master’s thesis.

More details can be found on:

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

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible. Applicants who need to apply for a visa (non-EHEA students) are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April.

A number of (partial) tuition fee waivers are available, which are awarded on the basis of merit and demonstrated need. Students for the 2019-20 academic year can apply for such a waiver by 15 April 2019 at the latest. They do so by writing a personal statement in the relevant section of the application form, outlining the ways in which they satisfy these criteria. Students must attach evidence of both merit and need as part of the overall application file. The Academic Board awards these waivers at the same time as admission into the programme. More details:

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 page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!






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