Analysing current developments is a common topic in the programme: themes such as expansion, institutional issues, the relationship with neighbouring countries, the European Union's role in the world etc. are dealt with in depth. Various course units are set up in an interactive manner, and debates take place as well. The guest speakers who are invited in some course units establish the connection with practice. A visit to the European institutions in Strasbourg and Luxembourg is also planned as part of the study programme. By means of the Master's dissertation you prove that you are able to study and report on specific European problems in a nuanced and academically justified manner. The first semester features general course units. The second semester allows for a personal emphasis through your choice of major. Each major consists of a wide range of course units. The Major Specific EU Issues contains two options: either you will immerse yourself in two specialized course units such as: Tutorial: Decision-Making in the EU, European Trade Policy, European International Development Policy, Agricultural and Rural Policy - EU Perspective, The European Union's Neighbourhood Policies, European Criminal Policy, and European Economic Integration; or you sign up for a work placement in combination with one of these course units. During the work placement you put the theoretical insights from the study programme into practice in the European institutions themselves or in governments, organizations and companies that come into contact with the Union. The Major International Politics deals with various aspects of the international reality, including global governance and diplomacy.
The Master's programme offers the opportunity to study abroad. One possibility, among others, is the Erasmus+ programme. For more information, join one of our information sessions or contact the Faculty Internationalisation Committee. There is an annual excursion to the European Institutions in Luxembourg and Strasbourg, and optional participation in a Summer School at Sichuan University (China).
The work placement takes place in the second semester because it builds on the theoretical course units of taught in the first semester. Any work placement must be least 5 weeks and is taken up in combination with one specialized course unit in the first or second semester. A work placement abroad is also possible.
Master's Programmes in Teaching
In addition to the (domain) master described above, you can also choose a Master's Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). For more information, go to www.ugent.be/educatievemaster.