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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 2020/21: 15 June 2020

Please note: If you want to apply this year and you are having trouble getting your documents certified or can't do your language test because the test centres are closed due to the pandemic, then please contact us via email so we can help you find a solution.


  • 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 2,89 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
  • application form for international students (only for international applicants) Please note: Our MA programme is a single subject programme, thus it is not possible to combine two or more subjects
  •  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 15 (deadline). For details on the order of the documents and the name of the file, please follow our Application Guidelines. Applicants with a final or preliminary final grade between 1,8 and 2,89 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.

Course Structure


  • 4 semesters / 120 credit points (including M.A. thesis)
  • 12 classes in Regensburg + semester abroad + 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. 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. Your fourth semester should be dedicated to your master’s thesis and the academic writing course that goes with it.

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

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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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Are you interested?

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

Master European Studies



E-Mail: european.studies@ur.de

Phone: 0049-941-943-3544