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MA in European Studies - 3 Study Tracks

The MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English.  Students will take classes from the core, key, speciality, and optional categories according to their academic specialisation and personal interest. The maximum duration of studies is 4 semesters.  

MA in European Studies is composed of 3 specialisations which students can choose from to pursue their studies. 


This programme is designed to provide students with advanced and interdisciplinary knowledge of contemporary European affairs. Our focus is the study of the political, economic and cultural character of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union.  Most of our graduates apply their expertise in careers in either non-governmental or business sectors, while others continue with their studies on a doctoral level.

Students are required to earn a total of 122 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points, consisting of:

  • The courses listed under each specialisation, chosen as part of the student's individually tailored curriculum
  • Two semesters of foreign language training (Polish beg. to intermediate level or French, German and Russian at beginners' level)
  • Workshops in methodology, academic writing and speaking, as well as the MA seminar
  • an MA thesis.

The degree is completed when the student passes the MA exam and thesis defence.

The full study programme can be found here.

At IES, we encourage students to develop their own independent curriculum and study track so that they can learn about and research topics that best reflect their interests and academic background. Students follow one of three related study tracks, and the MA degree with which they graduate reflects their specialisation.

EU Studies (from 2022-23)

Central and Eastern European Studies (from 2022-23)

European Culture and Heritage (from 2022-23)



Study programmes for the previous cohorts:

European Studies: EU Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European Studies – Research Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European, Russian and Euroasian Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Europeanisation & Governance in CEE Track (from 2021-22)