Master of European Studies

Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation

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The Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation is a one-year postgraduate program, offered by the University of Bonn at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI). Taught by ZEI professors and a flying faculty of renowned experts from all over the EU, you will be a part of an international group of young professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The transformation process of the EU includes and affects the development of EU institutions and their interplay with national institutions in EU Member States. Based on subsequent treaty changes, more and more sovereignty has been transferred from the national to the EU level. The program examines the implications of EU governance for the EU as well as for its Member States, also taking into account national reservations. The program also introduces ZEI students to the basic theories and methods of economic integration and economic and monetary governance in the EU. Political decisions and legislative acts in the EU continuously generate new regulatory frameworks.

The regulation of network industries (electronic communication, energy, logistics) as well as of the financial sector are taught and analyzed in the framework of ZEI´s Master program. The interplay of governance and regulation constitutes today's reality in the European Union. ZEI's English-speaking post-graduate Master program is a research-based response to this development. Students take modules in:

  • 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.

Job description and job opportunities

The development of the European Union has increased the need for comprehensive expertise in European affairs as well as the sources and effects of integration at all levels of government and in the private sector in the EU. ZEI's Master in European Studies - Governance and Regulation prepares students for an international career in EU institutions, international organizations, national administrations, NGOs and global companies.

It enables European and non-European graduates to become experts in the interplay between political, legal and economic aspects that constitute today's life in the European Union as well as the EU's relations with other parts of the world.


1st semester:

Basic Modules: Basics Governance and Regulation

  • Governance in the EU: Historic evolution and political system
  • Law of the EU: Institutions and Procedures
  • Political economy of European integration

Specialized Modules: Focus Governance and Regulation Modules

  • Multi-level decision-making in the EU – between national and EU interests
    • Inter-institutional bargaining and multi-level decision-making in the EU
    • Legitimacy, democracy and public opinion in the EU
    • Conflict of aims between national and EU interests
  • The European Single Market
    • Economics of the internal market
    • Law of the internal market
    • Policies for coherence and structural change
  • Governance and regulatory issues of the EU's external relations
    • EU and the transformation of its neighborhood
    • EU and the global system
    • EU governance - regulatory aspects of the global economy

2nd semester:

Basic Modules

  • EU competition law and the EU law of sector-specific regulation
  • EU fiscal federalism
  • Agenda setting, decision-making and implementation

Specialized Modules

  • Sector-specific regulation in electronic communications and logistics
    • Electronic communications
    • Transportation
    • Logistics
  • Sector-specific regulation in energy and water
    • Gas
    • Electricity
    • Water

Admission/Entrance requirements

  • An above-average and completed, career-qualifying higher education degree (minimum Bachelor) from a German or foreign academic higher education institution, preferably in law, economics, or political science, with at least 180 credit points (CPs) according to the ECTS system
  • Proof of very good verbal and written English skills 
  • Proof of at least one year of practical work experience 

Tuition fee:

EUR 6,500


Excursions, all reading materials, Career Development Program, intercultural training sessions, welcome weeks.

Career Development Program

ZEI's Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation offers a Career Development Program (CDP). Professional training sessions prepare students for the application process and job interviews. During the course of study, students learn to work in multi-national teams, to be tolerant and cooperative, and to show strong intercultural understanding. These skills will be essential for a professional career. After successful participation, ZEI Fellows receive a certificate.

The Career Development Program includes trainings and workshops on:

  • Tools to improve your career-entry options:
    • Rhetorical skills training
    • Personal profiling / Interview training
    • Coaching sessionPreparation for European job entry-competitions
  • Intercultural skills:
    • Intercultural competence training (new)
    •  Negotiating & lobbying on international level

Excursions and Dialogues

ZEI brings you together with experts and practitioners of EU governance and regulation, many of them being ZEI alumni. During Europe Dialogues, practitioners from EU institutions, governmental administrations and international organizations provide an insight into their respective field of work. Experts from the private sector present their working places as well as their companies during Business Talks.

Each Master class conducts three field trips: to Brussels, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and the German capital, Berlin. During these excursions, ZEI Fellows visit the EU institutions, international organizations, companies and German governmental bodies related to EU affairs. While experiencing the EU in practice, ZEI Fellows can network with alumni and exchange ideas with practitioners.

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The Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) provides future oriented research on unresolved issues of European integration and the global role of Europe. The work of ZEI - basically in the fields of political science and law - is applied and linked with innovative knowledge transfer. ZEI was founded in 1995 on the basis of the Bonn-Berlin-law and by a decision of the Senate of Bonn University.

ZEI offers postgraduate students an English-speaking Master in European Studies with a focus on governance and regulation. An international faculty guarantees highest scholarly standards, diverse methods and perspectives on politics, law and economics. Practical experts and excursions to the decision-making centers of European politics add to the international atmosphere at ZEI in Bonn. A ZEI degree supports an excellent entrance into the European job market.


Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Center for European Integration Studies
Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

Tel.: +49 (0)228-73 1886