Universiteit Leiden

nl en

European Union Studies (MA)

The master’s in European Union Studies at Leiden University covers the EU's broad geographical sweep from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Master International Relations at Leiden University

Due to the selected cookie settings, we cannot show this video here.

Watch the video on the original website or

Apply now

Why study European Union Studies at Leiden University?

During the EU Studies programme you will attend lectures and seminars by academic staff members who are internationally renowned in their field. You also get the opportunity to attend elective European studies courses taught by practitioners, combining academic insights with practical experience in politics, government, advisory bodies, NGOs and think tanks.

Learn more about the study programme

Explore the EU’s core concerns

This international master’s examines the European Union with theories and concepts from different disciplines: history, economics, political science and law. You will analyse and explore the core concerns of the European Union, an increasingly complex and fascinating political and socio-economic landscape. You will also look at the developments of post-war Europe and examine the current state of affairs within the European Union.

Real-world learning

A highlight of the master’s in European Union Studies is a three-day trip to Brussels, where you will visit EU institutions, member states' representations and lobby groups. During your studies you will also benefit from the close contacts between the university and national and international government institutions in The Hague, as well as the unique wealth of area studies at Leiden University.

Beaudine Verhoek

Graduated in MA European Union Studies, now works at NATO

Beaudine Verhoek

"The MA European Union Studies prepared me to launch my career outside the Netherlands. I developed my interest in international relations, with a special focus on Russia relations, foreign security policy and multilateralism. It helped me to understand how policies constitute endless dialogues between powers of continuity and powers of change."

Cultural diversity "In addition, working side-by-side with international students in a political context taught me to cope with minds shaped by cultural diversity. As an Officer at NATO, this is an invaluable skill when negotiating and shaping policies with 28 Allies and partners to project stability in the Transatlantic area and beyond."

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 54 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 15 Non-profit
  • 10 Communication and marketing
  • 5 Financial institutions
  • 4 IT
  • 4 Education
  • 4 Consulting
  • 4 Media and journalism

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA European Union Studies 2016-2020.

Find out more about the career prospects

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme?

Check the entry requirements

International Relations Degree

European Union Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of International Relations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in International Relations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Chat with a student

Do you have a question about studying at leiden University or student life in Leiden? Do you want more information about the International Relations master's programme? 

Chat with a current student for answers to your questions!

This website uses cookies. More information.