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Why European studies?

EMAES is an academic programme that as a whole equips students with the knowledge needed to address the challenges of contemporary and future society. It is taught by research-linked teachers at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Gothenburg, and a council of prominent members of the field is tied to the programme, including Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The programme is cross-disciplinary, with teachers from some dozen disciplines across the university. EMAES is designed to fit students who wish to remain professionally active while studying, with a reduced speed of studying. The majority of the programme is taught online, so that you do not need to relocate to Gothenburg. Each year a small group of students is admitted to the programme, from different fields but with a common interest in learning more about European affairs and explaining their analytical skills on the grounds of the scientific methods. To take advantage of this the courses are designed to allow students to draw on their particular expertise and learn from each other.

Programme Structure

The Executive Master in European Studies (60 credits) is a one year degree programme which is taught part-time over two years to allow students to stay professionally active. It comprises courses on the theory and methods of European research. One of the courses is semi-elective, opening up for thematic specialization. 

EMAES has an innovative approach to teaching research methods, with the majority of the methods teaching integrated into the other courses, so that as you learn the methods you immediately get to apply them to relevant materials and questions. At the successful completion of the Executive Master of European Studies, the participant will obtain a Degree of Master of Science in European Studies (MsSc, 60 credits).



Idea of the programme

EMAES was inaugurated in 2016 thanks to the initiative of our high-level counselors in REGU: The Council of European Studies at the University of Gothenburg, with EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at the forefront (see the REGU composition below). EMAES attaches great importance to the scientific method, in the broadest sense, because we believe it is the way forward towards increased analytical capacity and critical thinking. In that light, our very unique organization of the studies should also be seen, giving method teaching a prominent position. Methods initiate the program and then integrate continuously with the substantive courses. Therefore, I would like to say that EMAES leads to sharpen analytic capacity and methodological knowledge in general. The methods that are particularly prioritized are statistical analysis, interview methodology, and text analysis.

Networking bonus

In addition to the education itself, the students get a great deal of widening their networks both beyond their own sector and country. It is simply amazingly exciting to get to know the driving and sharp-minded people who work in organizations other than oneself, but basically handle the same kind of questions, though, from a few other angles. Challenging and developing at the same time!


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