New Double Masters in European Governance with Utrecht University

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is delighted to announce a new innovative two-year double-masters degree from University College Dublin and the Utrecht University.
The Masters in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today:
  • How can we regulate financial markets in crisis?
  • How can we make the transition to a green economy and sustainable forms of energy?
  • Will reforms to welfare states foster economic growth, and if so, how do we approach these reforms?
  • What are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement within the context of cross-border policing?
  • Are European countries becoming more similar and homogenous because of the EU?
  • Does the EU unify us as equals or undermine democracy?

This masters will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these vital questions and formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. You graduate with two masters degrees – an MSc in European Governance from UCD and an MSc in European Governance from the Utrecht University.

Who is the MSc in European Governance for?

The programme was developed for graduates in the social sciences and related disciplines who are interested in, or working in, the area of European governance.

  • Unique double-masters degree from UCD and Utrecht University
  • Study and live in two European countries
  • Multidisciplinary degree includes law, political science and public administration
  • Internship with organisation that deals with European governance issues

This unique multidisciplinary degree gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and institutional differences within Europe by studying in two European countries. You graduate with two masters degrees from two prestigious research-intensive universities in Ireland and the Netherlands. Through your research internship, you gain first-hand experience of working within an organisation that deals with issues of European governance.

Year 1 – University College Dublin

In Year 1 you study in UCD with a particular focus on Law and Governance of the EU, and European Political Economy. Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide, UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and is Ireland's largest and most international university.

Year 2 – Utrecht University

In Year 2, you study in the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and complete a research internship as part of your masters thesis, which is co-supervised by both universities. Utrecht University is an international research university of the highest quality and the alma mater of many leading names, academics and scientists who have made an important contribution to the quality of society. To find out more about studying at Utrecht, visit the Utrecht University website

For more information about studying in Utrecht University: MSc in European Governance at Utrecht University 

What will I learn?

  • You will develop the skills to analyse complex problems of European governance from multiple perspectives, including law, political science and public administration. 
  • You will learn to analyse issues of European governance from different angles, involving law, and public administration in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • You will become a trained professional with the skills to apply theory to real-life challenges.

How will I benefit?

  • You will obtain two Masters degrees from prestigious European universities.
  • You will study in two different cities and countries, where you will have a unique opportunity to see various levels of government at work in two different contexts.
  • You will complete an internship in an organisation that deals with issues of European governance – on an issue that is relevant to that organisation.


Year 1 - University College Dublin

You will study six modules worth ten credits each in UCD Sutherland School of Law and UCD School of Politics and International Relations (60 credits in total).

Core Modules:

  • Law and Governance of the EU
  • European Political Economy

Selection of Optional Modules:

  • Selection of optional modules:
  • EU External Relations Law
  • Politics European Governance
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU Competition Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Theory of Human Rights
  • Governing the Global Economy

Modules are subject to change from year to year.

Year 2 - Utrecht University

Year 2 is taken at Utrecht University focusing on an interdisciplinary study of European governance, using the combined insights of law, economics, public administration and organisational science. You will study four modules worth fifteen credits each in the School of Law, Economics and Governance (60 credits in total).

Core modules:

  • Labour Markets and Welfare States in Europe
  • Regulating Markets
  • Designing Institutions in a multilevel Context
  • Enforcement in Europe

Research Internship and Thesis

In the final semester, all students write a thesis (30 credits) as part of a research internship within an organisation that deals with issues of European governance. This can be an EU organisation in Brussels or an organisation working at the national, regional or local level. The dissertation is supervised jointly by UCD and the Utrecht University.


The skill set acquired in this double degree opens up a wide-range of job opportunities in local, regional and national governments; EU institutions; other European organisations; non-profit and for-profit organisations; and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance.


If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. Exceptional cases will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

  • This programme is intended for applicants with an upper second class honours or international equivalent in a primary degree in a relevant subject such as archaeology, development studies, economics, EU studies, geography, global studies, history, international relations, law, philosophy, political science, public policy,social science, sociology.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent
  • Relevant professional experience may also be taken into account.

Please apply directly to Utrecht University:



You pay UCD Fees while studying in UCD. For more information on UCD fees visit
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Schedule: Full Time

Next Intake: September 2017

Duration: Two years

UCD contact: Gillian Johnston


Phone: +353 1 716 8643