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A programme organised by the Institute for European Studies in collaboration with the Faculty of economic, social & political sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Solvay Business School.

Now in its 12th year, the EuroMaster provides students with an advanced academic, theory-based understanding of the policies, the institutions and the socio-economic processes in the European Union.

The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range professionals as well as advanced students. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions. The Programme operates as a ‘Master after Master’, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.

The programme is particularly oriented towards providing an academic, theory-based understanding of the policies, the institutions and the socio-economic processes in the European Union. The presentation of factual and practical knowledge on EU institutions and policies is important but does not constitute the essence of the programme. The programme emphasises the importance of theoretical and conceptual tools to interpret and analyse aspects of European integration. The programme offers detailed analysis on the EU, its institutions and its working practices, all of which are presented within a clear scientific framework. The programme does not aim to provide a vocational training.

For whom?

The EuroMaster is geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. For this purpose the Euromaster classes are organised after working hours to enable both full-time students and professionals to attend the lectures.

Our location in Brussels

Our location in Brussels, the 'Capital of Europe', offers exceptional opportunities for networking and contact with EU decision-makers.The composition of the faculty is a balanced mix of high level European officials and other policy makers (all of them have also a research background and a PhD.) as well as VUB/IES staff specialising in European issues. Students can benefit from the support and expertise of the faculty staff and from the research activities at the IES.

Scope and Goals

The one year 60 ECTS Advanced Master's programme has two 'specialisation streams':

  • European Political and Social Integration (EPSI)
  • European Economic Integration (EEI)

It offers students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. The Master is designed to provide graduate students of different backgrounds with an expert knowledge on European legislation, European institutions and the economic integration process.

Furthermore, those with professional backgrounds and experience in national administrations, European institutions, etc. will find the programme challenging and rewarding. A multidisciplinary approach ensures insight from economics, law, political sciences, and sociology. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted in each of the two specialisations in order to assure high quality interactive teaching.

Compulsory Courses

  • Institutional and Political Aspects of the European Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Youri Devuyst
  • Theory of European Economic Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Caroline Buts
  • The Rule of Law in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Irina Tanasescu
  • The EU and the Stakeholders of the Economy (first semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Harri Kallimo
  • Research Methods (first & second semester, 3 credits)
  • Prof. Manuela Alfé

'Economic Integration' Stream

  • Competition Policy and State Aids (second semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Doris Hildebrand
  • Regional Development (second semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Andrea Mairate
  • European Monetary Policy (first semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Leo Van Hove

'European Politics and Social Integration' stream

  • European Culture and Mentalities in Historical Comparative Prospective (first semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Peter Scholliers
  • EU Foreign Policy (first & second semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Amelia Hadfield
  • Civil Society Representation and Diversity in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)
    Prof. Alison Woodward

Master Thesis

(first & second semester, 15 credits)


Program requirements

Academic QualificationsTo qualify for admission you should have a university Master’s degree (preferably in social, economic or political sciences, business, law, or contemporary history)excellent academic resultsstrong referencesproven proficiency in English The Admission Board reserves the right to decide which qualifications will give access to the programme. Language RequirementThe language of instruction for the Programme is English. Non-native English speakers need to provide proof of knowledge of EnglishTOEFL-test [min. score 238 (computer-based) min. score 86 (internet-based)]IELTS: 6.5Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE (any grade)Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - CAE (grade A) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IES scholarship

The programme itself offers a number of scholarships that take the form of a reduced tuition fee. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstrable need. Students should apply for the tuition waiver when submitting their application for the programme.

Other scholarships

Other scholarships may be available from the following sources:

  • Rotary Foundation Fellowships may be available. Candidates should contact the Rotary Foundation within their district.
  • Within the framework of bilateral cultural agreements concluded by Belgium or the Flemish Community, fellowships are offered to students in a number of countries. Interested students should inquire directly with the relevant Ministry in their home country or the Belgian Embassy.
  • The Belgian office for Development Co-operation also awards fellowships for students from countries which are included on the list of developing countries as considered by Belgium. For information, contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
  • U.S. students can apply for
    • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship
    • Commission for Relief in Belgium Fellowships (Belgian American Education Foundation)
    • Post-graduate fellowships of the Flemish Community For further financial and scholarship opportunities please consult the university’s website.
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