European and European Legal Studies
Faculty: Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Duration: 10 months
Teaching language: English
Program start: winter semester, Important semester dates
Application period: s. below
Admission restrictions: yes
Tuition Fees: 8.500 EUR plus Semester contribution
Since 1994 the University of Hamburg has been offering a study program on European integration in cooperation with the Europa-Kolleg. The interdisciplinary Master's programme offers graduates of a first degree in a variety of disciplines the opportunity to understand the process of European integration in its legal, political and economic dimensions.
This is about much more than mere theoretical reflection: it is about enabling students to pursue a successful career in a challenging international working environment - from the European institutions to globally operating think tanks, companies or law firms. A compulsory internship during the course of studies provides initial insights into subsequent professional practice and promotes problem-conscious, solution-oriented thinking.
What makes the Hamburg Master's programme "European and European Legal Studies" special is not only its multi-perspective approach, but also the possibility of living and studying together "on campus": In a way, in a multicultural living room and classroom!
Due to the specialization of this program, students acquire special qualifications for internationally-oriented tasks in the corporate sector, organizations, research institutions or political offices.
The Master's programme lasts ten months from October to July of the following year and comprises eleven modules, which are evaluated with a total of 60 credits according to ECTS.
The programme begins with three basic modules. Here, students are taught the essential legal, economic and political aspects of European integration in a way that is both fundamental and interdisciplinary:
- The EU as a legal community,
- The EU as an economic community,
- The EU as a political community.
- Public International Law and International Organizations
This is followed by in-depth modules. Two optional focal points shed light on the various sub-areas, actors and levels of action of European integration:
- International Relations of the EU,
- European Business Law.
The completion of the lecture phase of the winter semester is followed by an academic master's thesis, for which a four-month period of work is planned.
Between the two semesters, there is time for an internship during the course of studies. This takes place in an institution of the EU, in federal or state ministries, in the economy or other suitable institutions. In addition, excursions to the European institutions in Frankfurt am Main, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels as well as to the German Foreign Office in Berlin provide further insights into the relevant fields of work.
Upon completion of the programme, students acquire the degree of "Master of Arts (M.A.)" or, if they have completed a first degree in law and have primarily studied law in the Master's programme, the degree of "Master of Laws (LL.M.)".
The programme is taught exclusively in English.
A detailed description of the course of studies can be found on the website of the Europa-Kolleg.
Information on studying at Universität Hamburg
Applicants are only admitted to the winter semester. Program start: September
The following are required
- a university degree with above-average grades, primarily in law, economics or political science (Bachelor's degree of 240 ECTS credits or equivalent), and
- proof of sufficient knowledge of English: TOEFL with an overall score of at least 100 (iBT); IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CEP) or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with at least Grade C in each section
- A letter of recommendation from one person who supports your application
Applying / Application procedure
General academic advising
Master Programme ‘European and European Legal Studies’
Coordination: Christian Kisczio
30. Nov. 2023