Since its inception in the 1950s, the European Union has come to have an increasing impact on both its member states and neighbouring countries. For instance, Norway’s special association with the EU through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement means that the EU affects virtually all areas of Norwegian society.
Also, over the last two decades the European project has been time and again contested and challenged both within and outside the EU. As a result, member states like Denmark and Sweden have formal and informal opt-outs and Great Britain is in the process of leaving the Union. Under the overarching theme of “Differentiated Europe: Integration, Cooperation and Conflict”, the Master in European Studies provides in-depth knowledge of the multiplicity of forms and degrees of European integration and cooperation, how they came about, and what implications this has for governance and democracy in Europe. Norway and its unique relationship to the EU through its joint participation in the EEA and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) is an important focal point of the MA in European Studies.
The MA in European Studies is a full time, two-year, English-taught study programme. The first semester consists of four compulsory units exploring contemporary developments in the EU and Europe. During the second semester students can do either an internship in Norway or abroad or spend a semester abroad at one of the universities in Europe with which the Faculty of Humanities has exchange agreements. The third semester consists of three compulsory units, including a course offering a thorough training in research methods and skills. The last semester is entirely devoted to writing the MA thesis on a topic related to the European Union, European integration or European relations broadly conceived.
The MA in European Studies is particularly suited if you are looking to acquire a thorough understanding of the political, economic and societal developments in Europe and the EU, the multi-faceted processes of European integration and cooperation, European relations, and of how various European countries – particularly Norway – have chosen to participate in or opt out of European integration schemes.