European Studies

European Studies

Aalborg University offers a two year (four semesters) Master of Social Science programme in European Studies. The focus is on European integration, and the courses are in English.

From 2022, the DIR and ES programs will be merged into the new Master of International Relations. Students who are already enrolled in the programs will of course continue in the DIR and ES programs, but new students will be admitted to the new master program. For more information about the program for Master of International Relations, please have a look at the website - Master of International Relations

The programme is open to Danish and foreign students with a B.S. or B.A. degree in social science.

European Integration - subjects of your own interest

We offer an innovative Master's programme on European Integration, understood in a wide sense. The courses cover a wide range of issues in this context, but most of the time our students can work independently on special subjects of their interest, in group work but also individually. A simulation game is also part of the programme. The many common activities make it easy to find friends.

Problem-Based Learning in a colourful international milieu

We believe in interdisciplinarity and problem-based, active learning to a very high extent. An internship at e.g. an EU institution is also part of the programme, assuring a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. Together with our neighbouring program of Development and International Relations, with whom we cooperate on many fields, we are part of a colourful international milieu, also on the side of the teachers. Our students thereby also learn to work in international teams, something which many employers appreciate. The Master's programme in European Studies aims at giving students a theoretical knowledge of economic and political developments in Europe and insights into the institutions and processes of the European Union. Students will also improve their ability to analyse economic, social, cultural or political aspects of developments in Europe within an interdisciplinary context.

Teaching Period

  • Full degree students begin 1 September.
  • Guest/exchange students begin 1 September or 1 February.

Guest Student Programme

Students may wish to join us for a half year (30 ECTS) following either the first semester of the Master's degree, or alternatively the second semester. Students wishing to join the second semester, which rebuilds on knowledge of the European Union and its policies and of International Relations taught in the first semester, should possess a similar knowledge at entry, possibly through previous European Studies or Political Science courses. Please note the English skills requirements of the courses.

Why choose to study European Studies at Aalborg University 

Introduction to European Studies Masters Programme at Aalborg University


Meet the lecturers in European Studies


Upcoming events at european studies


Student Life in Aalborg

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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