Master in European Studies

Study economics, law and politics in Europe for your leadership career

The focus of the Master’s Degree in European Studies at the International Graduate Center of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences is politics, economics/business, law and administration of Europe. You will gain a deeper understanding of the key challenges that the European Union, its member states as well as its international partners and business actors inside and outside the EU have to face. Our program offers you a comprehensive and up-to-date study of the economic, legal and political developments in the public sector and in private business, thus qualifying you to work in the EU institutions, the diplomatic service, the public sector of the member states or partner states of the EU or in private business or think tanks, interest groups or in lobbying.

Your benefits

  • International Student Assistance (ISA)
  • Close contact with EU representatives
  • Intensive seminar in Brussels
  • "Meet the Europeans" program
  • International network
  • Free German language course (optional)


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, politics, public law or similar (240 ECTS or less under conditions)
  • A minimum of 1 year of relevant experience after first degree
  • High English proficiency (IELTS 6.0, or TOEFL iBT min. 80)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • All documents must be provided in English
  • Funding for tuition fees and living costs

Career perspectives

  • EU Institutions
  • International Organizations/NGOs
  • Civil service/Foreign service
  • Management or consulting activities
  • Academic career

Program start fall 2022

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Key Facts - Master in European Studies

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Master of Arts
Degree - Master of Arts

Upon completion of this postgraduate management degree, you will earn your Master’s in Arts. You will have high order skills in analysis and critical evaluation. The IGC encourages students to solve complex problems and think independently. You need to hold an undergraduate degree in order to receive admission.

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Language - English

As the language of education is English, very good English knowledge is required. Please be advised that while it is possible to complete your degree without any German language knowledge, most local jobs will require German skills. For this reason, if you plan to work in Germany following your studies, we recommend that you take advantage of our free German courses.

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October 2023
Start - October 2023

The program begins in the winter semester. Our introductory events and courses start in October, so please make sure to plan accordingly. The summer semester begins after a short break in March. Starting in May, you can use the lecture-free period to work on your master’s thesis.

Duration & Type
2 semesters / full-time
Duration & Type - 2 semesters / full-time

You can complete your studies in two semesters as a full-time student.

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Accreditation - AQAS

Accreditation of our degree programs is very important to us. For this reason, we regularly have our programs reviewed for quality by independent external agencies. The Master in European Studies is accredited by the agency AQAS (Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen e.V.). Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany.

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Group size
About 25 students
Group size - About 25 students

Our classes take place in small groups of about 25 students. This gives you the opportunity to maintain close contact with teachers and lecturers and facilitates cooperation and intercultural exchange among fellow-students.

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Tuition fee
9,800 Euro
Tuition fee - 9,800 Euro

The tuition for the intake 2022 is 9,800 euros for the entire course, plus an additional semester fee of roughly 350 euros per semester (as of 09/2022). The semester fee covers your student ticket that entitles you to free public transportation in Bremen, as well as to Lower Saxony and Hamburg.

To get more information about financing your studies, discounts or arranging a personalized payment plan, please see the menu item finance.

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Application deadline
March 31, 2023
Application deadline - March 31, 2023

The application deadline for the intake 2023 is March 31 of the same year. Application submission is possible online only using our application tool. We look forward to receiving your application, even if you don’t yet have all of your documents available to you.

Program description - Master in European Studies

Intensive preparation for your career in or connected with the EU

The Master's Program European Studies at the International Graduate Center is a practice-oriented postgraduate course. You will take modules in public and private management, law, economics, management and politics – always with a view to the European Union. After the introductory weeks at the IGC we offer the Intensive Seminar in Brussels where you will obtain an inside glance of the EU institutions and of interacting public and private enterprises and organizations. This study visit is organized collectively with our partner institutions from Riga and Western Switzerland in the 3D Network.
To help you prepare for your career in an EU institution, diplomatic career, a career in government or administration in one of the member states, partner states or in undertakings in the EU or dealing with partners in the EU, or an academic career, you will study core modules on the EU institutions, EU Business law, Economic integration, EU funding, Public and Private Management, and the EU as a Global Player, as well as have the opportunity to participate in a development program or take a unit in intercultural management, group processes or personal skills training. The career opportunities of graduates of the Master’s Degree in European Studies range from positions at EU institutions, executive positions in the private and public sectors to lobby activities and political posts.

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  • MES is not only about providing you with knowledge - it opens your eyes and forms your personality. It builds leader in you and friendships around you. It gives you something, what stays forever.

    Arunas Molis
    Origin: Lithuania

  • Because of MES, I have gained a thorough knowledge of EU affairs. Also, the combination of theories and practice of public and private management makes me feel confident and have an advantage in the job market.

    Fjorinda Baholli
    Origin: Albania

    DAAD award winner

  • Studying MES has caused me to get to know more about the approaches of the European Union towards the current demanding and controversial topics of the world from economic and politic to the very significant issue of environment and climate change.

    Morteza Etezadibehzadi
    Origin: Iran

  • In addition to having first-class lecturers with an international background, enrolling in the MES program offers students a sound knowledge of European matters.

    Rubisel Velázquez
    Origin: Mexico

  • I enjoyed the international experience, I learnt how to work in intercultural teams and I improved my English.

    Denise Schroten
    Origin: Germany

  • The knowledge and expertise acquired through the Master has provided me with a sound basis for collaborating in any private or public institution.

    Marisol Oropeza
    Origin: Mexico

  • I developed the skills of critical thinking, scientific questioning and independent work, applied on a diverse range of topics in European context.

    Murat Serdaroglu
    Origin: Turkey

  • Studying MES at HS-Bremen was a magnificent opportunity for me to expand my vision.

    Saadia Khatoon
    Origin: Pakistan

  • I have gained a general overview of the EU trading and business regulations and also improved my personal presentation skills and team work ability.

    Yuzhu Zhao
    Origin: China

  • MES helped me to discover the areas I would like to be involved in the future. Now I am an active lobbyist based in Brussels.

    Symeon Christofyllidis
    Origin: Greece

  • MES Program at Hochschule Bremen provided me an interdisciplinary knowledge which is an advantage for my career as (junior) lecturer.

    Irwan Iskandar
    Origin: Indonesia

  • No doubt, the MES gave me a profound knowledge and exposure about European affiars, but the thing which I value the most is the inspiration which I got from my professors to know more, to understand more, and to apply the knowledge in my professional and personal life.

    Ijaz Ali
    Origin: Pakistan

Program Coordinator Contact

Since 1999, the Master in European Studies Program has been preparing students for leadership roles in the private and public sector. Small intercultural groups allow individual treatment and close contacts to our international lecturers and staff. Join our international student body and benefit from our long experience.

Prof. Dr. Christiane Trüe
Prof. Dr. Christiane Trüe
Program Director

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