M.A. European Studies

M.A. European Studies

Signposts; Source: Fotolia
Quick facts
ProgrammeEuropean Studies
Degree awardedMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Languages of instructionGerman; includes individual modules taught
in English and one other foreign language

About the programme

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. In this programme, you will be able to set your own study focus by choosing from a wide variety of subjects, including a number of European linguistic subjects and history, sociology, political science, geography, art history, East Central European studies and philosophy. To round off your profile, you will study in depth one or more of the following areas: foreign languages, media, intercultural communication, empirical research methods in social sciences, business administration, computer science and/or digital humanities.


  • Core subjects: linguistics, literary, cultural, socio-historical and geographic studies, intercultural communication and foreign languages
  • Shape your academic profile by choosing your own focus areas
  • Subject-specific language programmes in eight languages with a special emphasis on economics/business or cultural studies
  • Double degree options with Universidad de Málaga (Spain) and Université de Strasbourg (France)
  • Languages of instruction: German, English and, depending on your choice of cultural region, an additional European language

Career prospects

Graduates from the M.A. European Studies programme are sought after wherever in-depth knowledge of Europe, its societies, institutions and cultures is needed. The career choices open to you depend on your chosen focus areas and the work experience you gather while at university. For instance, you could work for the public authorities, supranational organisations, commercial enterprises, e.g. in the tourism or advertising industries, cultural organisations or education providers, to name but a few. The programme also prepares you for a research role in such organisations. To achieve the desired outcome, you must demonstrate a high level of independent thinking, determination and dedication, not only in your job but during your studies.

You will have the opportunity to develop your own individual study focus, which may later form the basis for your doctoral research, should you decide to continue with an academic career.

Programme syllabus

The degree consists of three module groups:

A) Introductory modules
B) European modules
C) Profile modules

A) The main themes of the introductory modules are European politics, intercultural communication and comparative cultural studies.

Module group B consists of two groups of subjects for you to choose from to establish a study focus:

  • Group I subjects: cultural studies
    English studies, French studies, German studies, Spanish studies, Italian studies, East-Central European studies (literature and culture)
  • Group II subjects: socio-historical studies and geography
    History, sociology, political science, geography, art history, East-Central European studies (history), philosophy

C) In the profile module you will choose subjects from the following areas for advanced study: foreign languages, media in Europe, intercultural communication, methods of empirical social research, business administration, computer science and digital humanities.

You will complete examination modules from four subject areas, including at least one area from module group B and one from group C. The degree programme includes a written master's thesis on a topic chosen from module group B or from one of the areas 'media in Europe' or 'intercultural communication' studied in module group C.

The coursework for the programme amounts to 120 ECTS credits.

Module catalogue (German)

Academic entry requirements

To apply, you need a good first university degree in a social or cultural science, business studies, economics or a related discipline, earned after a standard period of three years' full-time study, with the result of 2.7 ('Gut') or better according to the German marking system or be ranked among the best 50% of your cohort.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF TDN 3×4 (i.e. level 3 in all four categories) with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or your first undergraduate degree (i.e. a German-taught bachelor's degree programme).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.

Additional language requirements

Applicants need to have language skills at level UNIcert® III or C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) or an equivalent level of another certification system in at least one of the following languages: Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.