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EU Studies, Elective study profile of International Relations

Master (2 years) of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations, European Studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Aalborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3310 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


EU Studies is a profile of the Master of International Relations. The European Union (EU) is not only one of the main players on the international scene, but also the most important economic and political frame for the 27 EU Member States. With the two EU elective courses you will acquire: 1) an in-depth understanding of the EU, ranging from its legal and decision-making system to its institutions and interactions with its engagement with civil society (Course on EU-Polity & Politics, 7th semester) and 2) a comprehensive knowledge of the Union’s different internal and external policies and how to approach and analyze these (Course on EU Policy, 8th semester). In addition, you will be able to do your internship and write your master’s thesis within an EU-related area (broadly understood). This will provide you with specific competences, skills and a profile that can make the difference when looking for a job after graduation.

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Career Opportunities  

In the European Studies programme you have the opportunity to become a dynamic practitioner in your field, whether your interests are strategic, managerial, policy-related, or all of the above. A comprehensive study undertaken by the Career Centre of Aalborg University revealed that graduates have been successful entrants on the labour market, finding relevant positions in numerous fields, in the public sector and in private companies. 


Although International Relations, European Studies is an interdisciplinary study, a social science background is essential. A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science, History, Human Geography, Law or Anthropology qualifies for admission. Certain humanistic Bachelor’s degrees such as Languages and International Studies and International Business Communication equally qualify for admission.

In addition, documentation will be required to verify that your proficiency in English is at an acceptable level. 
Read more about the language requirements of Aalborg University

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | Non-EU and EU applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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