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Master of Public Administration in European Studies

Degree awarded
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

RWTH International Academy, Campus-Boulevard 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany

+49 (0) 241 - 8099367

+49 (0) 241 - 8092525

E-mail address

Type of course
Full-time with block lecturer / extra-occupational option

Language of tuition

Length of course
3 semester (1.5 years)

Date of commencement

Application deadline
Non-EU national - 1 March
EU national - 15 July

Class size

Cost / fees
5350 € per semester (discounts available)

Student grants / Financial assistance
Available upon request

Accommodation guidance provided

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Public sector on local and EU-level
Commercial sector developing EU-related topics
NGOs handling European topics

Admission requirements

  • First academic degree
  • A minimum of 1 year work experience
  • Fluent in English

  • Programme Director
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ralph Rotte, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, RWTH Aachen

    Contact details for application
    RWTH International Academy
    Campus-Boulevard 30
    52074 Aachen
    Phone +49 (0) 241 - 8097860
    Fax: +49 (0) 241 - 8092525

    RWTH International Academy

    Master of Public Administration in European Studies

    This programme is a modern European Studies degree program, connecting politics, law and economics with social influences of technologies for Energy and Climate as well as for Digital Transformation.

    European Union priority setting engages decision-makers in energy, transport, the environment and the digital economy accordingly. The RWTH has combined its academic strengths in technological fields with the study of ever-dynamic EU politics. The result is the highly multidisciplinary programme Master of Public Administration in European Studies. Study it part-time and qualify for leadership positions with international impact.

    The challenges of globalization of the 21st century including social changes, strongly driven by digital technologies, require new laws for many areas, but also new social rights.

    Although European legislative authority varies widely according the fields of politics, it can be stated that roughly one third of the energy legislation as well as almost a half of the legislation according to transport, economy, environment and agriculture id made in Brussels.

    To understand the European institutional structure and the legislative and decision-making procedures of the European Union, seems to be an important competence for all social actors, wanting to individually implement sustainable changes on economic, political-social or ecological level.

    An understanding of advocacy, influence and of the functioning of the European Union alone is no longer enough to successfully compete with the large number of graduates of European Studies.

    "Academics will need more and more in-depth digital skills because their job is supported by digital technologies in almost all areas”. The term digital competence describes much more than the efficient use of digital technologies. It seems rather more important to convey a clear knowledge and understanding of current technologies taking the European dimension into account.

    The ability to consider technical functioning, advantages and disadvantages of certain technologies and related positions and backgrounds at EU level for strategic decision-making and apply these meaningful needs a specialized further qualification.

    The master programme "European Studies" is therefore a highly interdisciplinary degree programme combining European Studies with specific application-oriented topics of Energy and Climate as well as Digital transformation.

    This further education programme focuses firstly on the European Union. In addition to the EU institutions and relevant EU policies, European Economics and EU law, in particular the functioning of legislative and decision-making processes on the EU are explored to provide a profound knowledge about the European Union.

    The elective tracks focus on the two main topics: Energy and Climate as well as Digital Transformation and Technology whereby the students should opt for one track.

    The tracks will provide a basic technical understanding related to the political guidelines and regulatory mechanisms of the European Union.

    All modules of the degree programme are about the connections between law, politics and business, including an understanding of technical backgrounds. Application- and action-oriented learning aligned to the practical everyday work in the public or private sector is therefore the core element of the knowledge transfer within this programme.

    Not only the geographical location of the city Aachen, but especially Aachen as a technology and business location, but also as city of the Charlemagne Prize and part of the Euregio Maas-Rhine offers numerous advantages, positively influence a European degree programme.

    In particular, the spatial proximity to Brussels and the EU institutions as well as the direct border proximity to Belgium and the Netherlands makes it possible for students to practically experience the European Union quickly and easily.

    With the completion of the master's programme the graduates acquired special skills, analytical techniques, methodological expertise and interpersonal skills to efficiently and sustainably solve versatile tasks within the private or public sector, requiring the understanding of the EU and certain technologies.

    To achieve these objectives, the knowledge transfer takes place in the interaction of compulsory modules to the European Union and two elective specializations modules and elective modules enhancing personal skills such as methodological competencies.

    The curriculum is supplemented by a mobility window, where the students either does an internship in the private or public sector at home or abroad or completes a topic-specific research project.

    RWTH Aachen University

    Founded in 1870, nowadays RWTH Aachen is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, 45.377 students in 157 courses of study are registered for the winter semester of 2017/18, including 9.651 international students from 131 countries. Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry.

    Thinking the Future

    The Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments provided a huge boost to the further development of RWTH Aachen University. The institutional strategy on which the successful Excellence Initiative application was based has, in the meantime, been expanded to form a long-term strategy to strengthen all the areas of the University and enhance their profiles. In the process it has gained great momentum, which can be seen, among other things, in the extensive building activities.

    Visible evidence of this is the RWTH Aachen Campus that is being developed in close cooperation with industry and which is to form one of the largest research campuses in Europe. Students and employees of RWTH Aachen will benefit equally from these developments and are expressly invited to get involved in shaping the individual initiatives.

    The many stimulating ideas already have an impact on the whole urban region of Aachen and the entire tri-border area of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. An innovative knowledge community is evolving that is closely networked with some of the world’s leading research and industry partners.

    RWTH Aachen is a major driving force behind this development. And Aachen, as a liveable and lovable city at the crossroads of three cultures, provides an ideal environment for this creative process of development.

    National rankings (de) and international assessments attest to the RWTH graduates’ marked ability to handle complex tasks, to solve problems constructively in team work and to take on leadership roles. It is therefore not surprising that many board members of German corporate groups studied at RWTH Aachen.

    Research Centers, Collaborations and Patents

    The work of the research centers of RWTH Aachen is closely oriented towards the current needs of industry. This leads to numerous developments that are patented and utilized. The competence centers of RWTH Aachen achieve very effective cross-subject, inter-faculty collaboration in interdisciplinary networks while maintaining a high level of specialization and differentiation into distinct subject areas. This was also the deciding factor for international research institutions, such as Microsoft and Ford, to be set up in the Aachen region.

    The University’s innovative capacity is further reflected in the high number of business start-ups (currently more than 1,400). As a result, around 32,000 jobs have been created in the region in the last 25 years.

    Furthermore, RWTH Aachen is the largest employer and education provider in the region. It will continue to play a decisive role as a driving force in influencing and shaping this high-tech region in the future.

    The Vision

    RWTH Aachen has set for itself clearly defined goals. By the year 2020, it aims to be the best German University of technology and one of the top five in Europe as measured by academic output, by the quality of its graduates, and by external funding. It strives to be a leading player in interdisciplinary large-scale research projects. It aims to be an internationally recognized university with lasting excellence in research and teaching that trains outstanding academics and well-qualified young leaders for industry and society in both the national and international context.

    In this radical and complex process of reorientation, RWTH Aachen sees itself as a university in which all groups actively contribute to a lasting and open communication culture. All members of the university, including the students, pledge to support a joint high-performance culture: competition is regarded as a constructive aspect of academic life. RWTH Aachen considers this creative culture of change a fundamental principle for innovation and societal progress.

    The Location

    Many new products and processes originate in Aachen. In the research laboratories and testing facilities of RWTH, for example, the first all-metal aircraft was developed, as was the diesel soot filter. This is where the first wind tunnel stood and the first particle accelerator.

    This trend-setting innovative capacity and the practical technology transfer to the economic world have a long history in Aachen, the City of Science. Here the first German Technology Development Center opened in 1982. With its business start-ups and the approximately 32,000 jobs created as a result, Aachen has become the city with the highest density of university spin-offs and engineering offices in Germany.

    Science has defined the structural change from a mining area to a technology region and today it is the most important economic factor. More than 50,000 people study and teach at the four universities and colleges in the Aachen region. Because of the academic expertise here, Forschungszentrum Jülich and numerous research centers of international corporate groups have been established in and around Aachen, making the urban region a Silicon Valley at the heart of Europe.

    Aachen, known as an “Europastadt” (City of Europe), is Germany’s westernmost major city at whose city boundaries three nations with three languages converge. It is the centre of a dynamic, cross-border knowledge region and stands for world-class university education in Natural Sciences and Engineering.

    A total of 8,556 international RWTH students from 128 countries, along with the close contacts the University has with many registered alumni, give the scientific center of Aachen an international atmosphere.

    Teaching and research are also reflected in the image of the city. Thanks to the students and their diverse cultural life, the tradition-rich City of Aachen has a lively and young appearance, particularly in the student quarter of Pontviertel. Its proximity to the Eifel and the Ardennes, to Maastricht and Brussels with their linguistic and cultural distinctiveness, give the city that lies in the shadow of Charlemagne’s palace chapel a particular charm. Anyone who has been here once, according to a study by the Prognos consultancy, keeps coming back...