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European governance

Double-degree programme with Utrecht University.

Dealing with important questions in today's Europe

  • Financial markets in crisis - how can they be regulated?
  • Sustainable energy - how can we make the transition to a green economy?
  • Welfare states - should they be reformed to foster economic growth, and if so how can this be done?
  • Cross-border policing - what are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement?
  • Homogenisation - are European countries becoming more similar because of the EU?
  • Unifier or underminer - does the EU pose a threat to democracy?

These are among the most important questions in Europe today. Each of them involves activities at local, national and European level, and each requires insights from economics, law and public administration. The interdisciplinary MA Programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. In this way, it prepares you to deal with and work within the complexity of European governance - both in Brussels and at home.

A unique programme with Utrecht University

As a student on this MA Programme in European Governance, you will study and live in two different places. This allows you to study and experience European governance from two different perspectives while providing you with a unique personal experience.

Year 1 of the programme is spent at Masaryk University in Brno which has, among other things, particular expertise in the democratic and market economy developments that have been transforming Central and Eastern Europe since the late 1980s.

Year 2 is taken by all students together at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Utrecht University focuses on the interdisciplinary study of European governance, using the combined insights of law, economics, public administration and organisational science.

Become an academic professional

During the MA Programme in European Governance you will be trained to analyse complex problems of European governance from multiple perspectives, including economics, law, political science and public administration. Moreover, you will learn to apply abstract knowledge and theory to real-life problems, through case studies, simulations and policy-oriented research projects. In this way, you will become an academic professional, someone who can use academic knowledge to analyse and solve complex problems in different contexts and from different perspectives. This opens up a wide range of job opportunities in local, regional and national governments, the EU institutions, other European organisations, non-profit and profit organisations, and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance.

Detailed structure of the program (2015-2017)

Year 1 (Masaryk University, Brno)

Fall Semester 2015

Compulsory courses

  • Introduction to Governance and Multi Level Politics (incl. a joint seminar with Utrecht)
  • European Law and Human Rights (incl. a contribution from the Utrecht School of Law)
  • EU in European Politics after 1989

Optional courses

  • The making of Europe
  • International and Transnational Organizations and European Politics

Spring Semester 2016

Compulsory courses

  • Europe in Global Economy (incl. a joint seminar with the Utrecht School of Economics)
  • Transformation of Eastern and Central Europe
  • Comparative politics of EU Countries

Optional courses

  • Energy Security of the EU
  • Europe and Global Politics

Year 2 (Utrecht University)

Fall Semester 2016

  • Labour Markets and Welfare States in Europe
  • Regulating Markets
  • Designing Institutions in a Multi-level Context
  • Enforcement and the Rule of Law in Europe

Spring Semester 2017

  • A research internship within an organization dealing with European Governance issues or working within an EU context
  • Thesis and public defense

Please note that students are only admitted to the double-degree Master programme after a selection process.

Each academic year is divided into two semesters. The dates these semesters start and end may differ per university. Look at the academic calendars of the universities for more details. There is a break over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

During the programme, you will acquire the appropriate theoretical basis, and an excellent analytic toolkit for real-life problems, through case studies, simulations and policy-oriented research that have a strong link with current practice.

Lectures and work groups in the programme are small-scale, and structured in a way that maximises personal interaction between students and faculty. Students are expected to fully and actively participate in projects, discussions and seminars. You will be supervised (in some cases individually) by professors and researchers.

The entire curriculum, including lectures, literature, assignments and exams, is in English.

Career prospects

The unique combination of expertise within the participating Universities' faculties offers an opportunity for a challenging international Master's programme. It provides students with a sound academic training that prepares them for professional positions in a range of organisations:

  • Local, regional and national governments, which increasingly work within a European context.
  • The EU institutions, such as the European Commission and EU agencies.
  • Other international organisations working in Europe.
  • Non-profit organisations that are confronted with issues of European governance.
  • Firms, whose regulatory environment is largely shaped by processes of European governance.
  • Consultancy firms.

Programme graduates typically acquire academic-level jobs in private organisations or organisations with a public function, in positions such as policy advisor, consultant, or a manager or researcher at research and consultancy organisations.

Financial matters

The tuition fee covers the cost of teaching, but not the cost of study materials, travelling to and from Brno and Utrecht, or living expenses (such as accommodation, food and insurance). You will therefore need a well-balanced financial plan to support you through your studies.

Tuition fee Year 1 (Masaryk University): 3000 EUR

Tuition fee Year 2 (Utrecht University): 1951 EUR for EU/EEA applicants; 15.330 EUR for non-EU/EEA applicants

Scholarship opportunities: e.g. Visegrad Fund (http://visegradfund.org/)


Entrance Requirements

We welcome applications to the Double-Degree Master programme in European Governance from candidates with a BSc or BA in disciplines such as social studies, law, economics, governance and organizational science, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, political science, international relations or European studies. A visible previous interest in European issues is expected. The minimum conditions of entry are to hold a Dutch or Czech Bachelor's Degree in these fields, or an international equivalent thereof.

For applicants a minimum score is required in one of the following tests of English-language proficiency;

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - Academic test: A minimum score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (including writing) is required.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL 100 or above on the internet-based test is required.
  • Cambridge EFL examinations: applicants with the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English must have obtained at least a B grade. Applicants with the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English must have obtained at least a C grade.

Students are considered to be proficient in English and do not need to provide an English language test score if they are from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, and the language in which they gained all their qualifications was English.

The students must have passed the exams of all courses of first year in order to continue with the second year.

Application and selection procedure

The deadline for application is 1 April 2015.

See the details here: http://www.uu.nl/masters/en/european-governance.

Only qualified and motivated students will be selected to participate in this study programme. Selection will take place on the basis of the above-mentioned criteria and a personal interview, which will take place at the participating university most convenient to the candidates.

A joint selection committee will recommend applicants for admission based on:

  • a CV
  • a motivation letter
  • two letters of recommendation
  • list of followed courses and grading
  • (if applicable) English Language test

An interview at one of the participating universities can be part of the selection procedure.

More Information


For general questions about studying at Masaryk University, Brno (including visa requirements and housing) please contact our student admissions and support by e-mail: Mrs Jolana Navratilova: jnavrati@fss.muni.cz.

Contact person for the programme: Hubert Smekal (hsmekal@fss.muni.cz)

Faculty of Social Studies website: http://www.fss.muni.cz/en

Faculty of Social Studies brochure: http://www.fss.muni.cz/static/173/FSS_brochure.pdf

Masaryk University: http://www.muni.cz/?lang=en


For general questions about studying at Utrecht University (including visa requirements and housing) please contact the International Office (e-mail:internationaloffice.leg@uu.nl).

Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance: http://www.uu.nl/faculty/leg/en/pages/default.aspx

Utrecht University: http://www.uu.nl/En/

City of Utrecht: http://www.utrecht.nl/smartsite.dws?id=13353