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European Politics and Society (MA)

About the programme

In European Politics and Society you will be studying an academic field that is an entirely new research area. You will be at the forefront of a new approach to understand how the fields of European politics, contemporary history, culture, economy, international relations and policy making are linked.

Programme structure (1st year)

Semester 1

The EPS Programme is a two-year Master Programme divided into four semesters. Like all students you will spend your first semester in Prague. Before the beginning of the first semester, you participate in the Prague Introductory week, where you meet the academic coordinators and faculty staff. During the first semester, you enrol only in compulsory courses. This semester serves as an Introduction to the Master Programme. It is based mainly on methodology and an introduction to the main challenges faced by Europe today as well as the key academic disciplines relevant to their understanding. At the end of the first semester, you choose the topic of your  Master thesis with the assistance of academic coordinators from Charles University.

Semester 2

For the second semester, you will  have two options: Leiden or Krakow. This semester is also contains a number of compulsory courses that cover different areas of EU studies. In addition, you can prepare for your own specialization by choosing from a range of facultative courses and language training. At the beginning of the second semester, all students participate in a three-day Barcelona Research Seminar. This event has multiple objectives. All first and second year students meet each other to enable them to share their experience and built an international community. First year students present their MA thesis project plans, while second year students can show the progress they have made. They all receive feedback from other students and academic experts,. Apart from this there will be an intensive training in research methods offered.

Programme structure (2nd year)

For the second year of the EPS Programme, you may choose between all the universities that constitute the EPS consortium: Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland), Leiden University (Netherlands) and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (Spain).

Semester 3

During the two final semesters, you will have a wide choice of facultative courses that reflect the added value of each member of the consortium – areas of academic expertise of these universities in terms of course offerings and research. These fields are the following: Traditions and Future of a Multilevel Europe (Prague), Policymaking in the EU (Barcelona), Centre and Periphery  (Krakow) and Europe in the International Environment (Leiden). If you take your second year in Leiden, Prague or Krakow there is an obligatory internship of 15 ec with an international organization or company. Barcelona has a more scientific specialization and you concentrate on research skills. In the third semester all students will also travel to Brussels, for the Brussels field trip,  a 3-day event to meet experts from EU institutions.

Semester 4

Students devote their final semester to the Master thesis. This is why they attend MA thesis seminars both semesters and work closely both with the MA thesis seminar teacher and their academic supervisor. In April, second year students participate in the Oxford Spring School. Thanks to the partnership with Europaeum, the students take part in this unique student event and academic experience.

Educational methods

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Self-study
  • Internship
  • workshops

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, research papers
  • Oral presentations
  • Thesis

Credit structure

EPS is a two-year Master Programme. The number of credits (ECTS) students must obtain in order to obtain the Master diploma is equally divided among four semesters: the total of ECTS for the programme is 120, 30 ECTS per semester in the first year and 30 per semester in the second year.


The joint master degree European Politics and Society aims to bring you state-of-the-art knowledge in your subject area of choice, and prepare you for a central role in relation to Europe’s future as the next generations of managers, policy makers and research leaders.

Detailed programme

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