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Master's Degree in European and International Studies (MEIS)

Course Description

The Master’s programme in European and International Studies (MEIS) is the result of a close interfaculty collaboration of the School of International Studies with the Departments of Economics and Management, Sociology and Social Research, Humanities and the Faculty of Law. The hallmark of the Master’s programme is its strong multi- and interdisciplinary approach, which gives students the opportunity to transcend the confines of traditional academic disciplines. All courses are taught in English, another characteristic that distinguishes the programme from similar ones offered in other Italian and European Universities.

The programme aims to provide students with those multidisciplinary tools and competences indispensable for a broad-based understanding of economic, legal, political and social transformations in the European and international contexts. Particular emphasis is given to teaching the tools and skills necessary for the analysis of: the interaction of individual and collective actors both within European and international institutions; the functioning of European and international economic, legal, political and social systems; European and international systems of governance. The MEIS programme attaches great importance to foreign languages which are an essential prerequisite for the development of effective communication skills. Taught courses, language workshops and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills and develop a working knowledge of at least one additional foreign language (in addition to a basic knowledge of Italian).

Alongside the taught courses the School runs a rich series of guest lectures, seminars and talks held by visiting professors of international standing and by professional practitioners working in distinguished international organizations. MEIS students are encouraged to participate in these and the many events organised at the School, including conferences, debates, careers talks and fairs and workshops held by practitioners.

Recently, the School has established a Double Degree programme with the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Metropolitan University Prague (MUP). This programme allows a limited number of selected students to earn a Master’s Degree in International Relations and European Studies from MUP, in addition to the Master’s Degree in European and International Studies from the School of International Studies in Trento. This programme further enriches the wide range of opportunities to spend a period of study abroad through international exchange and Erasmus programmes.

Throughout the two years of the programme, tutors provide students with further support and guidance if and when needed.

Students intending to enrol on the first year of the MEIS must satisfy a number of academic and linguistic requirements.

Employment and Career Prospects

The Master’s programme in European and International Studies prepares students for careers both in the public and the private sectors. Graduates will be qualified to: hold positions of responsibility within national and international institutions engaged in international affairs and private corporations operating in international markets; work for governmental and non-governmental organisations engaged in specific areas of international affairs (such as human rights, peacekeeping, protection of the environment, institution-building, etc); enter the diplomatic service.

For those wishing to continue their studies, the Master’s programme provides a solid preparation for admission to international PhD programmes in International Studies and related subjects. Holding a Master’s degree from the School, however, does not provide preferential access to the PhD programme offered by the School.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The Master’s Degree in European and International Studies (MEIS) has evolved over the ten years since its far-sighted inception to offer its graduates not only a multidisciplinary background but also those multidisciplinary skills, tools and competences which governance professionals and academics need to be able to draw on to effectively face the challenges of the increasingly integrated and globalized world. This innovative programme distinguishes itself in the Italian context in three respects. Firstly, its ambitious aim to couple a solid knowledge base in the core disciplines with finely honed analytical skills which can be applied in diverse contexts and environments, at the local, regional, national or supranational level. Secondly, in its multi- and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the transformations and challenges in European and international contexts. Thirdly, it the only such Master’s in Italy offered entirely in English and places great emphasis on acquiring not only advanced English language communications skills but also a working knowledge of at least one other language, necessary requisites for entry into an international work and research environment. These objectives all contribute to giving our graduates the cutting edge in an increasingly competitive employment context.

Visit the Master's Degree in European and International Studies (MEIS) page on the University of Trento website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A three-year bachelor’s degree awarded in Italy, or other qualification recognised as equivalent awarded abroad, which includes the equivalent of at least 60 course credits from at least two of the following disciplinary areas: History and Philosophy, Economics, Law, Political science, Sociology or Foreign Languages;A good command of the English language;Basic knowledge of a second foreign language, other than Italian, from among those offered at the University of Trento (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German);A personal background with professional and vocational experience as well as academic qualifications appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree course.

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