Master in European Studies

General Objectives of the Course

The Master in European Studies aims at training future experts in the EU. The programme focuses on the EU’s key actors, structures and processes, but looks beyond it, examining its role in the world. The core Political Science courses (complemented with optional courses) and a problem-oriented teaching method provide students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge on European issues in relation with national and global changes.
At the end of the programme students are expected to:
1) apply theoretical knowledge to practical problem solving;
2) critically assess EU polity, and its actorness in a broader international context, using transdisciplinary insights;
3) apply such knowledge to address domestic and global political, economic and societal challenges.
Through this, students develop a wide range of transferable and professional skills such as adaptability, organization and teamwork, as well as negotiation, presentation, policy analysis and research skills.

Admission Requirements

Those who meet the conditions indicated in DL 74/2006, of March 26, in its current wording, and in the regulation of the study cycle leading to this course may apply for this Master’s degree:

1) Holders of a degree or legal equivalent in the fields of European Studies, Political Sciences, International Relations, other Social Sciences and Humanities, and Law
2) Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded in a first cycle of studies organized in accordance with the principles of Bologna, granted by a country that joined the Process
3) Holders of a foreign higher education degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the graduate degree by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
4) Holders of school, scientific or professional curriculum, recognised by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

The graduates of the Master in European Studies acquire a sound range of theoretical and practical skills and competences that enable them to successfully pursue a career both in public and private sectors, namely in relevant international, European, domestic or local administration and governance, IGOs, NGOs and non-profit sector, political parties, lobby groups, international business and academia. Examples of careers include, but are not limited to, civil service, diplomacy, advocacy, consultancy, policy advice and analysis, teaching and research.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognise and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently enrolled in under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Regulation. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above-mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Regulation.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

With the MA in European Studies, it is intended that students acquire and deepen skills corresponding to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework to allow them to:
1. Understand and apply key epistemological and methodological frameworks in European Studies
2. Develop critical awareness about the complexity of the European polity
3. Analyse the main actors, practices and contemporary issues involved in the EU’s role as a global player
4. Develop problem-solving capabilities in a transdisciplinary fashion
5. Gain specialized skills essential to the holding of relevant civic, political or academic positions in the field of European Studies
6. Produce relevant and original research in the field of European Studies
7. Apply the acquired knowledge in the real context of professional exercise, scientific events and in partnership with external entities.

Course Coordinator(s)

Isabel Anunciação Ferraz Camisão

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albertino Paulo Vila Maior Guimarães Monteiro

Vanda Rafaela Amaro Dias

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

DL 74/2006, in its current wording, and Portaria 782/2009, 23 of July

Graduation Requirements

According to Article 18 of Executive Order No. 74/2006, in its current wording, a master's degree will be conferred on students who complete a total of 120 ECTS over 2 academic years (4 semesters), according to the existing regulations for this level of education. To students not willing to enroll in a second year of studies, the successful completion of the first two semesters’ units of study, corresponding to 60 ECTS, will award a Specialization Course diploma in European Union Studies.

Access to Further Studies


Study Programme

European Studies

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6113

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 217/2021