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Course Objectives

The Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation is a one-year postgraduate program, offered by the University of Bonn at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI). Taught by ZEI professors and a flying faculty of renowned experts from all over the EU, you will be a part of an international group of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The development of the EU has increased the need for comprehensive expertise in European affairs as well as in the sources and effects of integration at all levels of government and in the private sector. Political decisions and legislative acts in the EU continuously generate new regulatory frameworks. The interplay of governance and regulation constitutes today's reality in the EU.

ZEI's master program is a research-based response to this development. It enables European and non-European graduates to become experts in the interplay between political, legal and economic aspects that constitute today's life in the EU and influence the EU's relations with other parts of the world. It prepares students for an international career in EU institutions, international organisations, national administrations, NGOs and global companies.

Course Content

The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum with a focus on issues of Governance and Regulation in the EU. Political science modules focus on contemporary political issues and governance in Europe, especially, as they pertain to the wider spectrum of integration theories, and on the institutional and policy development of the European Union since the ratification of the Treaties of Rome.

Economic modules cover the economic, monetary and financial aspects of the EU, and analyse the Union's internal market against the backdrop of economic globalisation and the international trade regime. Legal modules deal with the constitutional principles of the European Union, the sources and application of EU law, the regulation of industry sectors such as electronic communications, energy and logistics as well as the legal structure of the internal market and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU and other EU institutions.

The focus on governance in the EU deals with the interaction between political, economic, and legal factors and the dialectical structure of actors and factors in creating the institutional arrangements and policy fields in today's EU. Regulatory issues cover regulation policy and corresponding legal prerequisites in various fields, such as electronic communications, logistics, water, and energy.

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Highlights of your program

  • Week long orientation in Bonn and continuing student support services
  • Join excursions to the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Frankfurt
  • Visit the seat of the German government in Berlin
  • Benefit from an additional Certificate in Intercultural Competences
  • Enjoy the intimate international learning environment
  • Profit from networking through Europe Dialogues and Business talks
  • Students actively contribute to current ZEI research
  • Become an EU expert ready for a career in the EU institutions, government, the private sector, media and international organisations
  • Join the ZEI Alumni network

During the two semesters from October to June, students attend six basic modules of 30 hours each and five specialised modules, each consisting of three topics and comprising 36 hours each. Basic modules provide students with a general knowledge and an overview of the subject. Specialised modules provide detailed knowledge on issues of special importance. The program comprises four field trips to European and German institutions, organisations and companies, a career development program as well as business talks, in particular, with practitioners from the private sector and alumni. From June to August, students write their Master's thesis.

Tuition Fee

6,500 EUR for the study year, including participation in all modules, reading materials, printing at ZEI, four field trips, workshops within the scope of the career development program, and additional events at ZEI

Cost of Living

We recommend a budget of around 800 EUR per month for accommodation, living expenses, public health insurance, books and miscellaneous purchases.

Special Services

  • Career Development Programme (application training, personal profiling, preparation for EU and international entry-level competitions, intercultural training sessions)
  • Close contact with professors and directors of ZEI
  • The programme coordinator and student assistance at ZEI support students with information about their stay in Germany and assist with organisational issues for the programme prior to students' arrival.
  • Support via the International Office of the University of Bonn

Admission Requirements  

  • An above-average and completed, career-qualifying higher education degree (minimum Bachelor) from a German or foreign academic higher education institution, preferably in law, economics, or political science, with at least 180 credit points (CPs) according to the ECTS system
  • Proof of very good verbal and written English skills 
  • Relevant work experience of 1 to 2 years (Students who in their undergraduate studies have obtained 240 ECTS points require 1 year, students who have obtained 180 ECTS points require 2 years work experience)

Course Languages: English
Program Duration: 1 year (Start October)
Early application deadline: January 15th
Regular application deadline: March 15th


Liska Wittenberg
Academic Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)228-73 4929 

Ralf Meyer
Program Coordinator
phone: +49 (0)228-73 1886
fax: +49 (0)228-73 1793 

Center for European Integration Studies
Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn, Germany

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