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European Studies

Master (2 years) of Social Sciences - European Studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Sønderborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Core themes including local and regional governance, media, social change and mobility, and historical analysis coalesce to provide a holistic view of Europe as it develops.

Career Opportunities  

The postgraduate job options are versatile. Possible job options could include:
• Public administration, e.g. developmental departments in regions and municipalities

• Developmental projects in regional forums of growth
• Cooperative organisations between trade organisations
•Public authorities regionally, nationally and internationally
• Educational institutions  

Graduates may also obtain jobs in European and international cooperative organisations, e.g. with the EU, OECD or regional co-operational organisations such as the Baltic council or the Nordic Counsel etc

About the Degree

“Europe of Regions” has become a fashionable way to describe European integration, but politicians, businesses and civil society usually do not have a clear picture of what “Europe of Regions” actually means. Borders still represent barriers to integration, and border regions are laboratories of European integration. The programme focuses on borders and border regions and includes a sophisticated course on qualitative social science methods.  

The study programme offers the opportunity to take electives at the University of Flensburg during the third semester, including the possibility of earning a dual degree. Students can also specialise by taking electives from other master programmes offered at the Department of Border Region Studies in Sønderborg, or by completing a company/institution internship or a study term abroad.

Compulsory courses  
1st semester - Autumn • Boundaries, Territorial States and Sovereignty, European Regions, Regionalism, Regionalisation Using Qualitative Research Methods.  
2nd semester - Spring European Border Regions Development European Integration and the Regional Dimension Social Change and Mobility    
3rd semester
• Project work in a company /institution (Denmark or abroad) + project work or • Studies abroad or • Studies at SDU or another Danish University  
4th semester • Master´s thesis


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a Bachelor of Science in European Studies or another corresponding qualifying degree. 
Applicants with other qualifying higher education degrees must have a minimum of 75 ECTS credits dedicated to courses within the social sciences, communication, history or anthropology, including methodology. 

Find more about entry requirements here.

In addition, applicants will need to document English at B Level or equivalent to this level. You can read more about English language requirements here. 

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact
University of Southern Denmark directly.

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.  

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Aug 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01


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