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.
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 international master’s programme 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.
Please check our website for more information on the programme, entry requirements and the application procedure.
In cooperation with Maastricht University
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.
Programme duration: 4 semesters, full-time
Programme start: Beginning of September in Maastricht
Degrees awarded: Research Master in European Studies by Maastricht University and Master of Arts in Political Science by the University of Cologne
Language of instruction: English
Fees: Students pay tuition fees at Maastricht University during their first year of studies (approx. €1,980 for EU applicants; for more details on the tuition fee, please see the website of Maastricht University) and a semester contribution at the University of Cologne (approx. €260 per term, 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 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.
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.
For admission, candidates need to apply for the Double Master’s Programme in European Studies at the University of Cologne and at Maastricht University.
The application period for the Double Master’s Programme at the University of Cologne runs from early April to 15 May. Applications must be submitted online via the application portal. Once the application portal has opened, the link will be published on this website.
In addition, applicants who have not obtained their bachelor’s degree in Germany or at Maastricht University must apply online via uni-assist and by post until 1 May. When applying via uni-assist, please select the programme ‘MA in Political Sciences’ at the University of Cologne.
For more information on the obligatory additional application and admission at Maastricht University, please visit Maastricht University's website.
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)). Please note that the Maastricht University also requires minimum scores in writing. IELTS: minimum score overall 7.0, minimum score writing 7.0; TOEFL ibt: minimum score overall 100, minimum score writing 28.
Very good intercultural and social skills
Relevant practical experience is desirable
DMP application form
CV in English
Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master’s Programme (aprox. 500 words)
Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1 (CEFR)
Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate, including all exams taken to date, listing the grades received and the number of credit points per course
Descriptions of all relevant courses taken during bachelor’s degree (e.g. extracts from the course catalogue)
If applicable, written confirmation of any studies abroad which may have already been completed. In case any of the courses completed abroad have been credited towards the bachelor's degree of the home university, this written document must contain an official record of the courses taken and the grades received. Please also attach a description of the modules taken abroad.
An essay in English written by the applicant, either specifically for this application or for earlier studies or other occasions. It is preferable, but not absolutely necessary, that the topic is related to the Double Master’s Programme. There are no requirements as to the length of the essay
A photocopy of a valid passport or EU ID card
A recent passport photo
All documents must be provided in English or German. Documents in any other language must have an authorised translation into English or German attached. We may need to ask for further documentation at a later stage of the application process.
For more information on the application documents to be handed in at Maastricht University, please check Maastricht University's website.
The online application for the Double Master’s Programme in European Studies takes place both through Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. Please note the different application deadlines at the two universities.
At the University of Cologne:
For applicants with a German bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree from Maastricht University: 15 May 2017
For applicants who have not obtained their bachelor’s degree in Germany or at Maastricht University: 1 May 2017
At the University of Cologne, please apply online. Once the application portal opens, the link will be published on this website.
At Maastricht University:
For EU applicants: 1 June 2017
For non-EU applicants: 1 May 2017
For more details on the application deadlines at Maastricht University, please visit Maastricht University's website.
Candidates need to apply separately at Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. Please note the different application deadlines.
Applications for the Double Master’s Programme will be assessed by the admissions boards at both universities. The admission boards will assess all applications and communicate its decision no later than the end of July. Enrolment takes place in late August or early September. The study programme starts in October in Cologne.
Please note that in case your application for the Double Master’s Programme is not successful, your application may still be considered for the regular MA in Political Science at the University of Cologne or for the regular Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University given that all entry requirements are fulfilled.