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The curriculum comprises 360 hours of basic and specialized modules. It is arranged in an interdisciplinary way. All courses are compulsory. Students take modules in

  • Political Science, where the focus is on contemporary political issues in Europe, multi-level decision-making in the EU, as well as the institutional and policy development of the EU since the ratification of the Treaties of Rome;
  • Law, which deals with the constitutional principles of the EU, the sources and application of EU law, as well as the legal structure of the internal market and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and other constitutional courts in the EU.
  • Economics, which covers the principles of economic governance in the EU, i. e. economic, monetary and financial aspects of the EU, and includes analyses of the EU's internal market against the backdrop of economic globalization, and the international trade regime;

Basic modules provide students with a general knowledge and an overview of the subject. Specialized modules help to gain a deeper understanding of particularly important policy areas.



The Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) has published a reader entitled “Governance and Regulation in the EU” which provides the Master of European Studies students with an overview of the ideas and concepts relating to the dynamic interplay between governance and regulation shapes the EU, its impact on citizens’ lives and its role globally.

This book offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the important relationship between governance and regulation, and on the increasingly complex process of European integration. Its authors include distinguished academics and professional experts who form the Faculty of ZEI’s postgraduate programme “Master of European Studies – Governance and Regulation”, through which they come together to share their perspectives and knowledge.


Module plan 


1st Semester  

Basic Modules
Module examination


Governance in the EU: Historic evolution and political system                   



Law of the EU: Institutions and Procedures



Political economy of European integration










Specialized Modules

Module examination


Multi-level decision-making in the EU – between national and EU interests

1: Inter-institutional bargaining and multi-level decision-making in the EU  
2: Legitimacy, democracy and public opinion in the EU  
3: Conflict of aims between national and EU interests  


The European Single Market

1: Economics of the internal market  
2: Law of the internal market  
3: Policies for coherence and structural change  


Governance and regulatory issues of the EU’s external relations

1: EU and the transformation of its neighborhood  
2: EU and the global system  
3: EU governance - regulatory aspects of the global economy  


2nd Semester 

Basic Modules Module examination


EU competition law and the EU law of sector-specific regulation                  



EU fiscal federalism



Agenda setting, decision-making and implementation



Specialized Moldules Module examination


Sector-specific regulation in electronic communications and logistics           

1: Electronic communications  
2: Transportation  
3: Logistics  


Sector-specific regulation in energy and water

1: Gas  
2: Electricity  
3: Water  





















After all modules have been completed students are given three months to write their Master Thesis supported by their Supervisors. You can find the Master Thesis Guidelines here....

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