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 politicsEuropean 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.


2 semesters

3. Markets, Law and Welfare States

4. Research Internship, MA Thesis

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.

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