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M.A. European Studies

Course Description

About the programme

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from the humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. In this programme, you will be able to set your own study focus by choosing from a wide variety of subjects, including a number of European linguistic subjects and history, sociology, political science, geography, art history, East Central European studies and philosophy. To round off your profile, you will study, in depth, one or more of the following areas: foreign languages, media, intercultural communication, empirical research methods in social sciences, business administration, computer science and/or digital humanities.


– Core subjects: linguistics, literary, cultural, socio-historical and geographic studies, intercultural communication and foreign languages.
– Shape your academic profile by choosing your own focus areas
– Subject-specific language programmes in eight languages with a special emphasis on economics/business or cultural studies
– Double degree options with the Universidad de Málaga (Spain) or Université de Strasbourg (France)
– Languages of instruction: German, English and, depending on your choice of cultural region, an additional European language

Career prospects

Graduates from the M.A. European Studies programme are sought after wherever in-depth knowledge of Europe, its societies, institutions and cultures is needed. The career choices open to you depend on your chosen focus areas and the work experience you gather while at university. For instance, you could work for the public authorities, supranational organisations, commercial enterprises, e.g. in the tourism or advertising industries, cultural organisations or education providers, to name but a few. The programme also prepares you for a research role in such organisations. To achieve the desired outcome, you must demonstrate a high level of independent thinking, determination and dedication, not only in your job but during your studies.
You will have the opportunity to develop your own individual study focus, which may later form the basis for your doctoral research, should you decide to continue with an academic career.

Visit the M.A. European Studies page on the University of Passau website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree in a social or cultural science, business studies, economics or a related discipline, earned after a period of three years' full-time study, with the result of 2.7 or better according to the German marking system or ranked among the best 50% of your cohort. As German is the primary language of instruction, you need German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); moreover, you should have good command (C1 CEFR) of the language spoken in your chosen cultural region, i.e. Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Course Fees

72 euros per semester (student services contribution and bus pass fee)

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