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The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two Master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies focuses on the European Union, its policies and institutions. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the EU as well as interdisciplinary research skills. The Programme prepares students for high-level positions in the private or public sector which require international experience combined with a profound knowledge of the EU. Students that graduate with this Double Degree will have excellent opportunities to work, for example, in EU or national institutions, in NGOs or the media.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has approx. 1,800 students and is one of the six Faculties at Maastricht University. Its educational approach is based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The Faculty has a strong international orientation, evidenced by its international student body and its extensive research. The Faculty has an excellent location in the centre of Maastricht.

  • Degrees awarded: Research Master in European Studies by the Maastricht University and Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne
  • Programme duration: 4 semesters
  • Programme start: Beginning of September in Maastricht
  • Language: The programme is available in English at both universities
  • Tuition Fees: Students pay tuition fees at Maastricht University (approx. €1,800 for EU applicants) during their first year and a semester contribution at the University of Cologne in the second year (approx. €220 per semester, which includes a student travel card which is valid on all public transport in North Rhine-Westphalia)


The Double Master is an ambitious research-based and interdisciplinary programme which has a strong focus on the European Union, its institutions and its policies. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the EU and of the workings of politics and society in an integrated Europe. The programme equips graduates with excellent methodological skills, enabling them to operate at an advanced level in an international research environment. During their year abroad, students will be exposed to an international environment that allows them to improve their intercultural and language skills. Students admitted to the Double Master’s Programme pursue a Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University in their first year and complete modules of the Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Cologne in their second year.

The programme is based on the mutual recognition of credit points by both universities. Students attend a Colloquium and write their Master’s thesis during their year in Cologne. The thesis is jointly supervised by professors at both universities.

After successful completion of the Programme, students are awarded a Research Master in European Studies by Maastricht University and a Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne.

Ca­reer per­spec­tives

Grad­u­ates of this Dou­ble De­gree will be well pre­pared for the de­mands of an in­ter­na­tional em­ploy­ment mar­ket in Eu­ro­pean Stud­ies, which in­creas­ingly ex­pects ap­pli­cants to have stud­ied in more than one coun­try. Grad­u­ates of the pro­gramme are par­tic­u­larly well qual­i­fied for a ca­reer in the in­sti­tu­tions of the Eu­ro­pean Union, other areas of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion or in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. The re­search-ori­ented na­ture of the de­gree also en­ables grad­u­ates to move on to doc­toral re­search, or to re­search-re­lated work in think tanks or NGOs.

These ca­reer per­spec­tives re­quire fa­mil­iar­ity with dif­fer­ent aca­d­e­mic cul­tures, and thus grad­u­ates with a Dou­ble De­gree will be bet­ter pre­pared for these kinds of po­si­tions than most of their peers with de­grees from a sin­gle uni­ver­sity.

Entry Requirements

  • An excellent Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with strong proficiency in Political Science (30 ECTS). Furthermore a minimum of further 12 ECTS in Political Science or in Methodology and Empirical Social Research
  • Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system)
  • English at level C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; Cambridge CAE (B) or CPE (C))
  • Very good intercultural and social skills
  • Relevant practical experience desirable


Xenia Elbrächter
International Programmes Manager
Phone: + 49 (0) 221-470-7702

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