Master Programme European Union Studies

Politics, Law and Economics are highly influenced by European decisions. Knowledge of European institutions, policies, decision procedures and  law is therefore extremely relevant for everybody working in the public and private sectors. The unique master programme in European Union Studies imparts students with a profound theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas, by connecting political science, law, economics, history, communication studies and languages.

The programme also provides opportunities for studying abroad, enhancing the international qualification and the language competences of its students. Also the whole study programme is taught in English (since Curriculum 2016), intensifying the international focus . The master programme takes account of political and socio-economic processes and includes European practitioners and experts from the European institutions in its teaching programme. By simulating decision procedures and moot courts students practice preparing bargaining positions and negotiating these position in the framework of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the European Court of Justice.

The Master programme provides students with:

  • a qualification as experts in European law, politics and economics a profound knowledge of political processes and decision making mechanisms within the European Union 
  • a first intensive contact with European institutions during the study visit to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg 
  • the chance to acquire additional skills during a semester abroad
  • the possibility to develop their cultural and language skills within an international educational environment
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The process of European integration changes the political, economic and cultural practice in all member states. It demands for profound knowledge of European Union law, the underlying decision procedures and the implementation on the national level. Further knowledge on the legal and political settings in other member states, the social-economic background and their positions is a prerequisite. In line with enlargement processes this demands have multiplied and with the transformation of the European Union into an internationally relevant actor, Foreign Policy is newly defined. This demands for an academic reflection and a practice-oriented education, imparting this knowledge on transformation processes.  

Relevance for the employment sector

Within this dynamic field, not only public actors play a role, but also private actors - including  small and medium sized businesses, interest groups, and civil society organizations - are required to present their demands within a constantly changing framework. European Union studies provides the necessary competence for this dynamic field. At the University of Salzburg it complements the Bachelor programme "Law and Economics", but alos other bachelor programmes in the area of social but also natural sciences. The relevance of this study programme is underlined by the high number of students from neighboring countries. Graduates find their field of employment in the public (parliaments, public administration, EU institutions, UN) as well as in the private sector.

Didactically innovative

To fully implement its ambitious aim of providing high quality education – practice-oriented and interdisciplinary –, the master programme has to advantages over other programmes: on one hand, team-teaching includes perspectives from other disciplines; on the other hand, innovative teaching methods are introduced, particularly in the „simulation“ courses. These courses are taught by teams of teachers of different disciplines and experts from European institutions, and real European negotiation situations are simulated. This allows very effective and intensive capacity building for students.  

Co-operation with Palacky University Olomouc – „Competences in Central Europe“

Based on intensive co-operation with the legal faculty at the Palacky University Olomouc, skills are developed with a focus on a specific geographical region, to highlight regional transformation processes following the requirements of EU-membership. At the same time possibilities for co-operation and specific problem areas of Central and Eastern European States are illustrated. Different exchange programmes, ranging from a two-week intensive course to a two-semester stay abroad, make it possible to acquire a double degree from the Universities of Salzburg and Olomouc. This aims at building the expertise, which was regarded as lacking in the above mentioned OMG-survey. Last but not least, the programme also aims to enhance the language skills of students, by providing the possibility to learn Czech.

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    Starting 1 March, 2018, an interdisciplinary series on the topic of "Migration, Labor Market and Social Policy" takes place at the Department of Labor and Business Law every Thursday between 17:00 and 20:00. The lectures focus on the topic of migration and the question of providing adequate answers regarding social policy challenges for state and society. The series consists of 13 contributions from a historical, political and jurisprudential perspective.
    On 1 February, 2018, the third-party-funded research project “TransMiK”, which is based at the Department of Education, started. The acronym stands for "Transit", "Migration" and "Köln", and makes reference to the theme of "Living and working in Köln (Cologne)". On-site guided interviews were conducted with 150 employees of the airport Köln (Cologne) / Bonn from the business division "Ground Services”.
    Orientation week for Erasmus and exchange students who will be attending the University of Salzburg during the summer term 2018 will take place Monday, 19 February until Friday, 23 February, 2018.
    As many as 160 pupils closely followed a lecture on on topic of "Cybermobbing, hate postings & illegal downloads. The criminal law view on cybercrime and other phenomena in the WWW ". The criminal law expert of the University of Salzburg, Prof. Hubert Hinterhofer, provided information on when you make yourself punishable and how to protect yourself.
    Important dates and information regarding registration for the courses available at the Language Center during the 2018 Summer Semester. .
    Dr. Karoline Kollmann will hold a guest lecture on "CDK6 in hematopoietic malignancies" on 19 February, 2018, at 16:00 in HS 403 (grüner HS) at the NAWI. The Department of Life Sciences invites you to attend!
    From 7 March to 27 June, 2018, on Wednesdays, 18:00 to 19:30, the Unipark Nonntal will be holding lectures from various disciplines in the lecture series, AUFKLÄRUNG UND GEGENAUFKLÄRUNG: RELIGIÖSE POLEMIK GEGEN KUNST - KÜNSTLERISCHE POLEMIK GEGEN RELIGION.
    Organized by the Department of Philosophy KTH and the International Ferdinand Ebner Society: on 8 and 9 March 2018 (University of Salzburg, Europasaal in Edmundsburg).
    Lecture at the 17th Austrian Archaeological Day on Monday, 26 February, 2018, at 19:00 in HS 230 (Kapitelgasse 4) by Prof. Dr. Ing. Andreas Schachner (German Archaeological Institute, Turkey).
    At the end of May 2018, the new EU Data Protection Basic Regulation enters into force and with it the amendments to the Austrian Data Protection Act. The new data protection law aims at better protection of personal data in the digital age. On 1 February, 2018, the Department of Public Law, National and European Law of the University of Salzburg organized a conference at the Edmundsburg Salzburg with lectures from both academics and practitioners in the field.
    On Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, the University of Salzburg cordially invites pupils, parents and interested parties to inform themselves about the wide range of courses offered. The program can be found here.
    Once again this year, the WissensNetzwerk Recht, Wirtschaft und Arbeitswelt, together with the Vienna Center for Legal Informatics (WZRI) of the University of Vienna, has organized the largest and most important scientific conference in Austria and Central Europe in the field of legal informatics: the International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS. The event will be held from 22 to 24 February, 2018, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Salzburg.
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    23.02.18 Transformative Recovery? The European Recovery Program (ERP)/Marshall Plan in European Tourism
    23.02.18 Buchpräsentation: The Marshall Plan - since 1947. Saving Europe, rebuilding Austria.
    24.02.18 Transformative Recovery? The European Recovery Program (ERP)/Marshall Plan in European Tourism
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