Study Programme

The study programme of the non-consecutive interdisciplinary European Studies programme combines contributions from the economic, political and social sciences, cultural studies and history, as well as religion and theology to create a contemporary and real-world picture of the different Europeanisation processes. Developments in Western and Eastern Europe and integration processes in the European Union are given equal importance within the modules contributed by the participating disciplines.

This interdisciplinary programme analyses the European unification process in the context of its consolidation and amplification. Thus, Europe is seen as a political, economic, social and cultural project from a historical perspective. Central subjects of European Studies at Leipzig are the historical moments and social arenas of Europeanisation in their diversity and openness. At the same time, the programme is not limited to one single angle of interpretation. Accordingly, the Master's programme combines contributions from five departments to bring together historical, social, economic, political and cultural as well as theological aspects for a critical examination of the Europe and Europeanisation phenomena.

The programme aims at qualifying students to deal critically, responsibly and on an advanced scientific level with the phenomenon of Europeanisation and its accompanying processes in Western and Eastern European countries on the basis of findings, theories and methods from the humanities and social sciences, law, history and cultural science.

Courses at a Glance

M.A. in European Studies at a glance

The Master's programme in European Studies starts in the winter semester of an academic year. It has a modular structure (see above for a compact overview). To obtain the M.A. degree in European Studies, students will complete the following course of studies:

  • In the first and second semesters, Europe is analysed from a historical, political, legal, and economic perspective. Students attend four systematic modules: European Modern History, Economics in Europe, Law in Europe and European Institutions and Political Systems.
  • In the second or third semester, a semester abroad is obligatory. During this period, students must take three modules according to the requirements of the partner university.
  • In the third semester, students choose three from the following interdisciplinary, regionally focused modules: Europeanisation in Eastern, Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Western Europe in the Europeanisation of the 20th and 21st century, European Cultural History of the Jews and Christianity in Europe.
  • In the fourth semester, students choose from two regional modules: Europeanisation in Eastern, Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Western Europe in the Europeanisation of the 20th and 21st century, and write their Master's thesis.