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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    On Friday, 27 October, 2017, two identical workshops on the prevention of religious radicalization ("Religiöse Radikalisierungsprävention") will take place in HS 103 of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Salzburg (Universitätsplatz 1, Salzburg, 3rd floor). The Workshop I will take place from 10:00 - 12:30; Workshop II from 13:30 - 16:00.
    BOOK PRESENTATION "WHEN I WAS A KING AND A MASON" - With these words begins one of Rudyard Kipling's enigmatic Freemason poems. From the texts of famous literati the actor Joseph Lorenz reads.
    On 11 October, 2017, the University of Salzburg warmly congratulated graduates who celebrated their graduations and/or completion of doctoral theses.
    Rudolf Mosler, Labor and Social Law expert at the University of Salzburg, talks about the topic "Schöne neue Arbeitswelt. Wie reagiert das Arbeitsrecht auf die Arbeit 4.0?"
    The Russlandzentrum of the University of Salzburg, together with partners has organized a series of events "Schwerpunkt Russland 1917" from 18 October until 23 November, 2017.
    Jan Rybak, MA (European University Institute, Florence) Tuesday, 24 October, 2017, 18:00, HS 380 (GesWi, Rudolfskai 42)
    Project presentation and reading from "Ubuntu and the Birds".
    In the minimum time of four semesters, six students of the University of Salzburg successfully completed the course of studies Bewegtes Lernen.
    Since 1979, a congress of the European Society for Herpetology (Societas Europaea Herpetologica) has been held every two years. This year, for the second time in Austria and for the first time in Salzburg, the Congress took place 18 – 23 September, 2017.
    More than 360 exchange students from 57 countries took up their studies at the University of Salzburg at the beginning of the winter term 2017/18. Karin Dollinger and Vice Rector Sylvia Hahn welcomed them in the "Wissensstadt Salzburg". The evening was accompanied by singing students of the University Mozarteum.
    In a half-day expert conference on the topic of "Trends in ESG & CSR - 17 Sustainable Development Goals", specialists and strategists from various branches and sectors will come together to present the topic of sustainability inter-disciplinarily and practically. Organizers of the conference are Univ.-Prof. Claudia B. Wöhle, Department of Social and Economic Sciences, and CSSP (Center for Social and Sustainable Products AG).
    The seminar facilitator is Sandra Chatterjee. Organization: gendup - Center for Gender Studies and Promotion of Women at the University of Salzburg.
    On 3 October, 2017, the Center for Theology Intercultural and Study of the Religions of the University of Salzburg awarded the Erwin Kräutler Prize for the fourth time. This year, the award went to theologians Sebastian Pittl (IWM St. Georgen) and Stefan Silber (University of Osnabrück).
    "Geisterstunde" / 19:00 lectury by Didi Neidhart (pop theorist, author, musician, DJ), subsequent discourse with discussion and music in the Kunstquartier (W & K Atelier, Bergstrasse 12a, 1. OG) www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/kunstpolemik-polemikkunst/aktuelles
    Reading Action Week „Österreich liest“ at the Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg.
    Christina von Braun, cultural theorist, author and filmmaker, will be holding a guest lecture at the Unipark Nonntal (Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1, HS E.004 Anna Bahr-Mildenburg) on 25 October. www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/kunstpolemik-polemikkunst/aktuelles
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    17.10.17 Salzburger Vorlesung mit Heinz Sichrovsky, Literaturkritiker, Wien
    17.10.17 Lesung mit Thomas Sautner
    18.10.17 Eröffnungsveranstaltung der Uni 55-PLUS
    18.10.17 Eröffnungsveranstaltung der Uni 55-PLUS
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