Information about study

Master on European Governance is a graduate study program taught in cooperation of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of the Utrecht University and the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University, Brno. The 2-year (4-semester) program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the environment of both schools.

The first year is organized in Brno and the second year in Utrecht; moreover, during the program, joint seminars with participation of lecturers from both universities are held. Typically, the first three semesters are devoted to coursework, while the last semester consists of a research internship and writing the thesis. Coursework includes reading assignments, written assignments, class presentations and exams. All courses are taught in English. The language of assigned readings, exams and individual consultations is also English.

Courses are divided into two categories: compulsory and optional. Compulsory courses constitute the core of the program. All of them must be completed in the course of study. In addition, the program offers optional courses. The number of optional courses taken must be such that the ECTS credit requirements for optional courses are fulfilled. Credits are awarded for successful completion of the courses.


2 semesters

1. Development of Institutions and Governance

2. Economics and Organizations

The first year of the program is aimed at the introduction to theoretical concepts of governance with focus on multilevel governance perspective of the contemporary European Union and its member states. We focus on domestic politics, European Union politics and interdependence between the two. Structure and composition of compulsory courses should establish solid knowledge of politics both at level of the EU and level of member states with special focus on new member (and candidate) countries with post-communist heritage.

The faculty includes lecturers who combine political science approach with law, history, and economy which helps the student to connect comprehensive orientation in political science with interdisciplinary perspective. Interdisciplinary approach is further developed in the set of optional courses that allow the student to shape his or her qualification according to own preference inside the studies of European politics.

The second year of the program at Utrecht University combines teaching and research in the fields of law, economics and governance studies, the third semester is titled accordingly – “Markets, Law and Welfare States”. In research and teaching the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance seeks to in the study of the EU into the broader thematic concerns of political science, public administration and organizational studies, such as public accountability, administrative organization, and public policy-making. The fourth semester consists of a research internship and writing an MA thesis.


2 semesters

3. Markets, Law and Welfare States

4. Research Internship, MA Thesis

Compulsory courses

EGO401 Introduction to Governance and Multilevel Politics EGO404 Europe in Global Economy 
EGO402 EU Law and European System of Human Rights Protection EGO405 Comparative Politics of EU countries
EGO421 European Union in European Politics since 1989 EGO406 Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe

List of Optional Courses


  • International and Transnational Organizations and European Politics
  • International Politics in Modern Europe
  • Energy Policy of the EU
  • The European dimension of local policymaking
  • Politics of Euroscepticism 
    Europeanisation: EU impact on national, regional and local governance
  • What’s new in the EU I.
  • U.S. Energy Policy: Development and Challenges
  • Energy in International Law
  • Academic skills review
  • Political Issues and Social Policy in the European Union
  • Israel and the EU
  • Designed to Fail: What's Wrong With the Euro?
  • Introduction to quantitative data analysis
  • Social Network Analysis in R
  • Introduction to fundamentals of energy regulation
  • Creative Leadership: Facing 21st Century Challenges
  • Israel and Politics of Innovation: The Start-up Nation in International Perspective
  • Environmental Aspects of Energy
  • Framework for Sustainability 


  • Europe and Global Politics
  • EU Foreign Policy: Eastern Dimension
  • Academics Skills Review
  • Energy Law
  • EU External Energy Policy
  • EU Peace Promotion
  • Economic, Political and Social Identity in the European Union 
  • Stáž (Internship) 
  • European refugee crisis 
  • The Schengen Roadmap: adapting EU’s justice and home affairs to new challenges 
  • Brexit: Politics, Policies and Processes 
  • Energy Security of Visegrad Countries 
  • Human Evolution and International Politics 
  • Global Security Challenges 
  • Introduction to research design and analysis 
  • Introduction to linear models 
  • Political and International Ethics 
  • Israel: Nationalism, Religion and the New Middle East 
  • Managing Projects in an International Context 
  • Economic Integration in a globalising world economy: History, drivers and effects 
  • Afghanistan's regional security complex 
  • Designed to Fail: What's Wrong With the Euro? 
  • Politics of the world economy 
  • Negotiating in a globalized arena 

For the courses in Utrecht, see the website of Utrecht university.