Study real-life challenges from different angles

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today:

  • How do we handle the Covid-19 crisis collectively?

  • How do we manage flows of refugees into Europe?

  • How can we regulate financial markets?

  • How can Europe make the transition to a green economy and sustainable forms of energy?

  • Will reforms to welfare states foster economic growth, and if so, how do we approach these reforms?

  • How do we make the EU more legitimate and responsive to the needs of its citizens?

These are amongst the most important questions facing Europe today. Each issue involves activities at the local, national and European level, and each requires insight into the fields of economics, law and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s 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. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home.

Live and study in two different European locations

The Master in European Governance is a unique double-degree programme offered in partnership with Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), the University of Konstanz (Germany) and University College Dublin (Ireland). As a student in this programme, you will study and live in two different European locations. This means that during the first year of the master, students study at one of the partner universities (Masaryk University Brno, University of Konstanz, University College Dublin). After this all students will come to Utrecht for the second year of their programme. This will allow you to study European governance from two different perspectives in the context of a unique personal experience.

Double degree

Successful graduates will receive two Master's degrees, one from each university, specifying that the degree was completed in cooperation between the universities. The two degrees are equivalent to the Master’s degree in countries of the four partner universities as follows: 

  • Brno (Czech Republic): Magistr/ Magistra (Mgr)
  • Konstanz (Germany): Master of Arts (Ma)
  • Dublin (Ireland): Master of Science (MSc)
  • Utrecht (The Netherlands): Master of Science (MSc)
To study and live in Central Europe helps you to understand the diversity of Europe even better
Emma Smit, Second Secretary Political Affairs at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in France

After graduation

You will develop the skills to analyse complex problems of European governance from multiple perspectives, including economics, law, political science and public administration. You will also learn to apply abstract knowledge and theory to real-life problems through case studies, simulations and policy-oriented research projects. You will also receive training in professional skills. The challenging course content will train you to use academic knowledge to analyse and solve complex problems in different contexts and from different perspectives. This skill set opens up a wide range of job opportunities in local, regional and national governments; EU institutions; other European organisations; non-profit and for-profit organisations; and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance.

  • Kristina Olausson
    The multitude of backgrounds enriches the learning process
  • Bouke van Hilten
    Interdisciplinary character provides added value


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap
  • Programme: European Governance
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance