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European Governance

MSc European Governance

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Learn to analyse issues of European governance from different angles, involving law, and public administration in an interdisciplinary environment.

Unique double-masters degree from UCD and Utrecht University

Multidisciplinary degree includes law, political science and public administration

Internship with organisation that deals with European governance issues

Course Description

This innovative two-year double-masters degree from University College Dublin and the Utrecht University investigates vital questions facing European countries today.

It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. In Year 1 you study in UCD with a particular focus on Law and Governance of the EU, and European Political Economy.

In Year 2, you study in the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and complete a research internship as part of your masters thesis, which is co-supervised by both universities.

You graduate with two masters degrees – an MSc in European Governance from UCD and an MSc in European Governance from the Utrecht University

Vision and Values Statement

The MSc in European Governance is a double degree programme to be run in conjunction with the University of Utrecht School of Governance, starting in September 2016. As an interdisciplinary programme leading to two degrees, with bi-location and internships (in the Netherlands), and a co-supervised, end of programme(s) thesis, students will develop interdisciplinary skills, working in the domains of law and politics, with an enhanced capacity for problem solving. The distinctive contribution of the UCD programme is that it brings legal insights into questions of European governance, exploring law as a framing and constraining device and looks at the EU as an actor from a global perspective paying close attention to political economy questions.

Programme Outcomes

Specialised and detailed knowledge in EU Governance and Law; Application of knowledge and understanding and enhanced capacity for problem solving in the context of EU law and governance; Understanding of the interdisciplinary context of EU governance and law; Ability to communicate their ideas.

Entry requirements

You will need:

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. Exceptional cases will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

MSc European Governance

You will need:
This programme is intended for applicants with an upper second class honours or international equivalent in a primary degree in a relevant subject such as archaeology, development studies, economics, EU studies, geography, global studies, history, international relations, law, philosophy, political science, public policy,social science, sociology, .

Relevant professional experience may also be taken into account.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Please apply directly to Utrecht University:

Note application is directly via Utrecht University and not through the online application system in UCD


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The skill set acquired in this double degree opens up a wide-range of job opportunities in local, regional and national governments; EU institutions; other European organisations; non-profit and for-profit organisations; and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Gillian Johnston
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 8643

Subjects taught

Year 1 - University College Dublin

You will study six modules worth ten credits each in UCD Sutherland School of Law and UCD School of Politics and International Relations (60 credits in total).

Year 2 - Utrecht University

Year 2 is taken at Utrecht University focusing on an interdisciplinary study of European governance, using the combined insights of law, economics, public administration and organisational science.

You will study four modules worth fifteen credits each in the School of Law, Economics and Governance (60 credits in total).

Research Internship and Thesis (30 credits)

In the final semester, all students write a thesis as part of a research internship within an organisation that deals with issues of European governance. This can be an EU organisation in Brussels or an organisation working at the national, regional or local level. The dissertation is supervised jointly by UCD and the Utrecht University.

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

Please apply directly to Utrecht University: Please note deadline 30 April 2018.

Note application is directly via Utrecht University and not through the online application system in UCD

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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