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MSc in European Integration

Institute for European Studies (IES) - Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrussels - BELGIUM

Field(s) of study: International relations
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 4 100 €
Possible funding options: 
  • Academic excellence scholarships
  • Financial assistance or scholarships awarded by the institution

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots:
Places available per academic year: 40

Program Language

  • English

Course length: 

  • 1 year (12 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+4 years



Unique 60 ECTS Advanced Master evening programme taught in English at a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels, the heart of Europe. The programme provides a solid interdisciplinary basis on the European integration process, and then allows students to focus on any two of the following central policy fields of the EU: economy, migration, the environment, and external relations and security.

Compulsory courses:

  • Economics of European Integration
  • Policy-making and Interest Representation in the European Union
  • History and Law of the European Union
  • Research Methods Lab

After the 4 mandatory courses, students have to take 2 pre-selected specialization options, to be chosen from the list of 4 below:

  • European Economy
  • Migration and Europe
  • European External Relations and Security Policy
  • European Environmental Governance

 You close off the programme with a Master's thesis.

Course format: 

Full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years); evening classes (6-9PM)

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

  • Knowledge and comprehension:
    • Interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of:
      • theory, concepts, research and scientific debates on the European Union and its integration process
      • the economic, political, legal and cultural evolution as well as the main challenges of the European integration process
      • the EU's modes of governance, institutions, policy processes, practices and instruments
      • substantive policies in and specificities of two of the following four major policy fields: economy, environment, external relations and security and migration. These 4 fields are highly topical in today's globalized world and will therefore be a major plus on your resume when applying for a job
  • Application of knowledge:
    • autonomous, critical and innovative thinking, constructively challenging the fashionable and dominant theories and explanations about European integration
    • plan and carry out scientifically sound, theoretically inspired and question-driven research of advanced master level
    • develop convincing arguments and propose creative, balanced and contextualised solutions to challenging economic, political and legal issues of European integration, in particular recent events
    • work with EU's governance processes while understanding their main strengths and weaknesses
    • enhanced ability to communicate orally and in a written form with a wide range of policy stakeholders in an international, multi-cultural environment
    • independently acquiring further knowledge on and work with demanding issues on the European integration process, acting in a multi-cultural setting for the further development of a harmonious international society
  • Having studied this programme at the IES in Brussels, you will have an excellent starting point for establishing contacts and applying for positions in the Brussels job market. We will help you find and successfully apply for fascinating job opportunities.

Entry requirements


  • The Master in International and European Law is in the terminology of the Bologna European educational area a post-graduate “Master after Master” programme. Our courses are not a part of the regular Master degree programmes of the university.
  • A university degree equivalent to a Master's degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 240 ECTS.
    If your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.
  • Excellent academic results for both prior degrees of 70% (2nd class honours upper division, Belgian equivalent; upper 2:1 UK equivalent, 2.8/4 GPA).

The Programme's language of instruction is English. Non-native English speakers need to provide proof that their knowledge of English meets one of the following four requirements:

  • TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - CAE (grade B)
  • ITACE (at the VUB) - C1

Admission criteria: 

Upon receiving the application form and its attachments, the IES will first check that the file is complete. If not, you will be requested to send any missing documents and your application will be put on hold until completed. As soon as your application is complete, the members of a Selection Committee, nominated by the Programme Board, each assess the file individually and then decide upon it jointly against the selection criteria (including academic record, linguistic capabilities, international experience, motivation - see website) on the basis of the submitted documents. The Committee aims at providing a decision within two weeks from receiving a complete file. You will receive the decision by e-mail.

Course cost description: 

We have made special efforts to maintain our tuition as affordable as possible. Full-time students pay €4.500 for an academic year (60 Study Points/ECTS).
For the academic year 2018-19, all students pay €900 Annual Registration Fee + €60 per Study Point/ECTS. This means that fulltime students pay €4.500 for an academic year (60 Study Points/ECTS). Part-time students pay €2.700 for their first year.
Foreign students must make their own arrangements to be covered by health insurance, valid during their stay in Belgium.

IES Scholarships take the form of partial tuition waivers. The waivers are awarded on the basis of a separate request, submitted as a part of the application for the Programme. The waivers are awarded upon an assessment of merit and demonstrable need.


Professor Harri Kalimo
Mrs/Ms Marion Tomsett

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