Programme European Union Studies

This one-year Master of Arts in European Union Studies offered by the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University focuses on the processes of European integration from an interdisciplinary angle, by a mix of specialist, academic researchers and experts with direct experience in policy-formulation and policy-making.

Programme information

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The European Union Studies programme offers a broad and general introduction into recent developments of post-war Europe. The European Union is best characterized as an evolving project encompassing several interrelated issue areas. The programme therefore borrows concepts, theories, methodologies and models from economics, history, law and political science and concentrates them on the issue areas that form the core concerns of the European Union.

The degree contains of a series of disciplinary modules during the first semester and a wide range of specialist courses in the second semester. By writing a thesis, the students will explore a topic of their own choice in depth.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the European Union Studies section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Alternatively to attending the graduation ceremony, you can choose to collect your diploma from the department office. This is possible from two working days after the ceremony date.
Your diploma can also be sent to you by registered mail. Please note: although the documents will be sent to you by registered mail, if you agree to this procedure the sending of the documents happens entirely at your own risk. Diploma’s and supplements cannot be issued twice. If you want to receive your diploma by mail, please send an e-mail from your university address to the department office. Sending of the documents by mail is possible from two working days after the ceremony date.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff for European Union Studies

A second MA at Bologna: International Affairs

Due to a special agreement between the two universities, it is possible to earn a second master’s degree in International Affairs at the University of Bologna. Your Leiden MA degree in International Relations gives you access to the second year of the research-oriented Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA), provided by Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe. Courses at SAIS Bologna emphasize economics, political science, history and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach.

Last Modified: 01-12-2016