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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 Program Overview

  • 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 ECTS


Governance in the EU: Historic evolution and political system     

The module offers a comprehensive introduction to the evolution and context of European integration, also through a systematic historical overview of the key events and processes of European integration since the early 1950s.  

 paper 4


Law of the EU: Institutions and Procedures

This module outlines the legal foundations of European integration. The emergence of the European legal system is outlined, together with the reconnection to national legal cultures, legal dogmas and terms. The module provides the link between legislation and decision-making in the EU.

 exam 4


Political economy of European integration

The module covers the main microeconomic aspects of the European Union. In addition to the analysis of the interplay of the four fundamental freedoms (capital, labour, goods and services), obstacles for economic integration are critically examined from a political economy perspective.


 exam 4



Specialized Modules

Module examination ECTS


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

 paper 4
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

 exam 4
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

 paper 4
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 ECTS


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

The course will introduce the general policies and principles of EU competition law as well as intersections and differentiations of competition law and sectoral regulations. The module specifically deals with offenses and legal consequences of the competition law standards of European primary law (Article 101, 102 and 107 TFEU) and the relevant exemption regulations

 exam 4


EU fiscal federalism

Political science theories on the meaning of and the generation of public goods, are processed in the context of the euro zone and the complex discussions on economic, monetary and fiscal policy in the EU. Also taking into account the importance of financial market regulation.

 exam 4


Agenda setting, decision-making and implementation

This module will introduce students to the foundations of effective negotiations (negotiation management, strategies and tactics) as well as to different state and non-state actors and their options for influencing EU politics and policy-making through negotiation and lobbying.

 paper 4


Specialized Moldules Module examination ECTS


Sector-specific regulation in electronic communications and logistics           

 exam 4
1: Electronic communications    
2: Transportation    
3: Logistics    


Sector-specific regulation in energy and water

 exam 4
1: Gas    
2: Electricity    
3: Water    


Master thesis                                                                                                    


Master thesis                 
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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