Course Details

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2 Years FT
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Frank Haege
Address: Department of Politics and Public Administration. Email: Telephone: 353-61-234897

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Brief Description

The Master of Arts in European Studies is an innovative Double Degree programme offered in cooperation with the Europa-Universität Flensburg in Germany. Its interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with diverse perspectives on current issues in European politics, economics, law, and culture, and prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities. The programme also enables students to gain first-hand experience of life in two very different European countries and to practice or improve their foreign language skills. Students study the first year at the University of Limerick and the second year at Europa-Universität Flensburg. Graduates obtain two MA degrees from both participating institutions.

As a strategic international cooperation project of the University of Limerick, the first year of the programme is offered at significantly reduced tuition fees. Europa-Universität Flensburg only charges administrative fees for the second year (see further details under ‘Fees’ below). Given the reduced tuition fees, the number of places on the programme is strictly limited, so early application is advised.

The Master of Arts in European Studies is a two-year, full-time programme taught in cooperation with the Europa Universität Flensburg. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary programme draws on a range of subject areas, including politics, law, economics, cultural studies and languages. The first year of the programme is spent at the University of Limerick, and the second year at the Europa Universität Flensburg. The programme takes advantage of complementary strengths of the two universities in different subject areas. The programme is taught entirely in English at both universities, but students are encouraged to also study an EU language at beginners or advanced level to gain a more comprehensive sense of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Europe, and to be better prepared for an increasingly integrated European job market. 

Year 1

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Core Module

PO5017 Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union


Electives: Select two modules from two different areas (9 credits each)1

Electives: Select three modules from at least two different areas (9 credits each)1

Area 1: European Politics and Governance

PA6011 Graduate Seminar in International Relations

PO5051 Public Administration: Theory and Practice

PO5016 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory

Area 2: European Law

LA5153 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights

LA6121 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law

Area 3: European Cultural Studies

CU6041 Literature of Migration

CU6011 Language and Culture

GE6021 German-Irish Cultural Connections

Language for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Organisations

Area 1: European Politics and Governance

PO5007 Graduate Seminar in European Governance

PO5009 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics

PO5010 Graduate Seminar in International Cooperation and Conflict

Area 2: European Law

LA6062 Comparative and European Criminal Justice

LA6132 International Criminal Law

LA5152 European Criminal Law

Area 3: European Cultural Studies

JM6012 Critical Economic and Media Studies

HI6062 People on the Move: Studying Migration

Skills electives: Select one module

CO6001 Professional Development 1: Mastering your Employability

AW6001 Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1

Skills electives: Select one module

CO6002 Professional Development 2: Mastering your Employability

AW6012 Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 2


Year 2 at Europa Universität Flensburg


Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Electives: Select a total of 30 credits

MA Thesis (30 credits)

Research Colloquium

Optional study trip to Brussels

Area 1: Political and Legal Europe

Current Topics in EU Law and Politics (10 credits)

External Relations of the EU (5 credits)


Area 2: Societal and Economic Europe

Transformation of European Economies (5 credits)

Challenges to European Society (10 credits)


Area 3: European Ideas and Diversity

Social and Political Philosophy of Europe (10 credits)

Cultural Diversity in Europe (5 credits)


1 The suite of elective modules offered in a particular academic year may vary, depending on student numbers and staff availability.
Students can also take optional language classes in French, German, and Spanish at beginners and advanced level.

Applicants must have a primary degree in a related discipline, with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English.

What to Include with Your Application

  • Letter of motivation and CV
  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is not an official language, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate (for more information 
    click here)

Please note that non-EU students will require a separate visa for Germany to complete the second year of the programme at Europa-Universität Flensburg. Completion of the second year at Europa-Universität Flensburg is a prerequisite for graduating from the programme with an MA degree. If the visa application for Germany is unsuccessful or students are prevented from studying their second year in Germany for other reasons, they can exit the programme after the first year with a ‘Graduate Diploma in European Studies’ (NFQ Level 9).

Europa-Universität Flensburg provides information about visa applications and blocked accounts, which outline the additional financial implications and the administrative steps required for studying there.

Guidelines for completing your application

The application should include a motivation letter of no more than two pages, highlighting any existing training or relevant practical experience in this area, outlining the applicant’s general interest in European Studies, and explaining the applicant’s reasons for applying for admission to this particular degree programme. It should also include a CV of no more than two pages.

Please upload the above documents with your application form and title them appropriately (for example, "Letter of motivation", “CV”, "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate", etc.)

Year 1 at the University of Limerick

EU - €3,422 tuition fee

Non-EU - €6,900 tuition fee

Year 2 at Europa-Universität Flensburg

EU and Non-EU – €525 administrative fee (subject to change, amount based on 2023/24 autumn semester administrative fee; includes regional public transport ticket; see here for latest information).

Please note, fees are subject to change.

Further information on University of Limerick fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353-61-213007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

The programme prepares graduates for a labour market in an increasingly integrated European Union, where deeper insights into the workings of the EU, as well as economic, legal, and cultural aspects of European societies (incl. language skills) will be in ever more demand. It is particularly well-suited for students who hope to pursue a career in organisations with a trans- or international dimension, be they governmental (e.g., EU institutions, UN agencies, diplomatic service, national administration), non-governmental (e.g., interest groups, cultural institutions, media), or private organisation (e.g., consultancies, multinational companies). The programme also provides a solid academic foundation for further doctoral research in European Studies and related disciplines.