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Master European Studies

Welcome to our new master’s programme!

The English-language master’s programme European Studies at Regensburg University provides a thorough understanding of Europe not only as an actor in an increasingly globalised world, but also as a transnational community. Students approach Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective through the areas of 


The programme also teaches advanced research and methodological skills and students have the opportunity of studying abroad for a semester at one of Regensburg’s many Erasmus partner universities.


Deadline for applications for the academic year 2022/23: 1 June 2022

Please note: There is no official starting date for the application period, so you can send us your documents at any time before June 1. Since we assess all applications on a competitive basis, though, you will not be notified about your admission status until after the deadline.


  • Applicants are required to hold a first academic degree (usually a B.A. or equivalent or higher) in the humanities, the social sciences, economics, or law. The final or preliminary final grade of your first degree must be 2,5 or better  according to the German grading system to be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need to possess an excellent command of the English language at level C1 or higher (or equivalent) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We accept all the usual certificates as proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL [iBT at least 95 points] or IELTS [band score at least 7,0]).

Application documents:

  • your CV (including your name, address, email address, the exact titles + grades of your qualifications, and the full name of your university)
  • a cover letter in English (approx. 1-2 pages) outlining your motivation for applying for the M.A. programme as well as the relevance of this programme for your professional and academic plans/goals
  • APS-certificate (all applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia)
  • copy of your passport (only for international applicants)
  • English-language certificate (level C1 or higher or equiv.)
  • B.A.-certificate or higher; or equiv.
  • transcript of academic records, citing your attended courses and documenting your hitherto achieved credit points (at least 150 credit points ECTS) and your average grade
  • secondary school-leaving certificate (high-school or equiv.)

Please note:

  • This M.A. is an English-taught programme. However, students without prior knowledge of the German language have to reach a level of A1+ (according to CEFR) in German until the end of their first year.
  • All documents must be in either English or German. Simple copies of certificates and certified translations are sufficient for the application. However, all original documents must be shown at the Registrar's Office for enrolment.
  • Recommendation letters are not required.

Application process:

Please send your application documents as one PDF-file to european.studies@ur.de until June 1 (deadline). Applicants with a final or preliminary final grade between 1,51 and 2,50 in their first academic degree (according to the German grading system) will be invited to an interview in order to prove their aptitude for the M.A. programme. In case the applicant is not from Germany or one of its neighbouring countries, the interview can be conducted via videocall. Applicants will be notified about the time and date of their interview at least two weeks in advance.

If you want to apply for our master's programme, please follow these application guidelines. Thank you!

FAQ Regarding Admission

Q1: I am not a native speaker of English, but my undergraduate degree was taught entirely in English. Do I still need an English certificate such as the TOEFL or the IELTS?

A1: Yes, you do, except if you did your first degree in an entirely English-speaking country such as the United Kingdom.


Q2: I come from a non-EU country and will have to apply for a visa to come to Germany. This can take some time. Can I therefore be notified about my admission status sooner?

A2: Unfortunately not. We assess all applications on a competitive basis after the deadline, so early notifications are not possible. We do our best to be quick with the selection process, though, and in almost all cases, our students got their visa in time for the beginning of the winter teaching period (usually mid-October).


Q3: When does the application period start?

A3: We don't have an official starting date, so in principle, you can send us your application at any time during the academic year. See A2, though: even if you send us your documents early, you won't be notified about the outcome any sooner.

Course Structure


  • 4 semesters / 120 credit points (including M.A. thesis)
  • 12 classes in Regensburg + third semester abroad (or in Regensburg) + M.A. thesis
  • interdisciplinary and/or international component through a semester abroad
  • degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • start: every winter term (October)

Module Structure:

The programme consists of eight modules (90 credit points including the master’s thesis) that have to be completed at the home university and an additional 30 CP from the partner university where students spend their third semester if they choose to go abroad (if not, they can earn the 30 CP for the third semester at Regensburg University). These 120 CP can be accumulated within four semesters. Thus, courses worth around 30 points should be selected each semester.


In your first semester, you should take the courses in Module 1, 2, and 3. This is equivalent to the desired 30 CP. In your second semester, you should do the thematic Modules 4, 5, and 6 as well as Module 7 on intercultural communication. The number of courses you take during your semester abroad depends on the university you go to. You should aim for 30 CP during your third semester as well. The majority of the 30 CP students earn during the term abroad should be dedicated to thematical courses focussing on European Studies, but students will be allowed to take a limited number of language courses as well should they wish to do so. The idea behind this option is to have the chance to develop a deeper understanding of Europe's linguistic diversity. Your fourth semester should be dedicated to your master’s thesis and the academic writing course that goes with it.

If you do not want to go abroad in the third term, you can choose between two different tracks. Option A is available for non-native speakers of German only and includes a taught module on "German as a foreign language" as well as another taught module on European Area Studies. Option B is available for everyone and is comprised of two taught modules on European Area Studies, one with a focus on the national and subnational level, the other one with a focus on comparative transnational Area Studies. Both options include an internships worth 10 ECTS as well. The internship has to be at least six weeks long and must be done in a company or institution relevant for our discipline.

Click here if you want to take a closer look at our course structure.

The current M.A. course catalogue will help you find the courses for the respective modules.

Erasmus Partner Universities

The M.A. European Studies currently has thirteen excellent Erasmus partner universities in twelve different European countries:

  • Charles University Prague (Czech Republic)
  • University of Wrocław (Poland)
  • Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • University of Pécs (Hungary)
  • University of Malta
  • University of Cyprus
  • University of Trento (Italy)
  • University of Padua (Italy)
  • University of Aalborg (Denmark)
  • University of Lund (Sweden)
  • University of Limerick (Ireland)
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași (Romania)

Life in Regensburg

Despite its long history and medieval old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Regensburg is a young city – every fifth inhabitant is a student. This is particularly obvious in the town centre: an abundance of bars, pubs, and restaurants make the city’s historical centre the place to be (when you’re not on campus). Countless attractions such as music festivals, concerts, theatres, and cinemas complement the recreational opportunities in this beautiful and bustling city.

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The University of Regensburg is situated south of the city centre and is very easy to reach by bus. When you’re on campus, you will find it easy to get around – all the important spots are in walking distance from each other. No matter if you’re going to a lecture, the library, your professor’s office hours, or just to meet your friends for a nice cup of coffee in one of the many cafeterias, it won’t take you longer than a few minutes to get there.


In your free time at the university you can choose from a wide range of cultural and athletic activities. The University Sports Centre offers everything from A as in Acrobatics to Z as in Zumba. If you are more into the arts than sports, why not try your hand at acting? We currently have 13 (German- as well as English-language) drama groups. And we have our own theatre hall right on campus! Or if you are musically inclined, why not join one of the university’s choirs or orchestras?

No matter what you do in your free time, you certainly won’t get bored on campus. If you choose to come to the University of Regensburg, you will become one of the 25,000 students, researchers, and teachers from more than 100 different countries that make our university the great place that it is.

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Extracurricular Activities

Talking about Europe

In our informal lecture series "Talking about Europe," we invite guests who work in a European context to talk to us about their jobs and European affairs. So far, we have had the following guests:

Winter term 2020-21:

Dr. Florian Schweyer, Deputy Head of Unit "Political Priorities, Media Policy", Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU, Brussels

Lea Pfefferle, Press Office, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU, Brussels

Ismail Ertug, Member of the European Parliament for Oberpfalz and Niederbayern, Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

Summer term 2021:

Paul Smith, OBE, Director of British Council Germany

Stefanie Ismaili-Rohleder from CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme), a programme funded by the European Commission

Winter term 2021-22:
John Stubbs, Consul for Public Affairs at the US Consulate in Munich
Corinne Pereira, Consul General for France in Munich 



Boat Trip 2021

On Thursday, 29 July 2021, students and lecturers of the MA European Studies came together on the River Naab for a trip on the "Navis Lusoria". This boat was built by students and staff from the Chair of Ancient History after the model of the boats that were used by the Romans on the River Danube and elsewhere in late antiquity. We spent a very interesting morning learning how to row like Roman soldiers under the formidable command of Captain Schad!

Study Regulations + Module Catalogue

Link to the module catalogues for the MA European Studies (in German).

Link to the study regulations ("Prüfungsordnung") for the MA European Studies (in German).

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  1. Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunst-, Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Master European Studies



E-Mail: european.studies@ur.de

Phone: 0049-941-943-5782

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