European Studies - Master of Arts
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
The Master of Arts Programme in European Studies (aka MAPES) is an interdisciplinary Master´s programme with a unique perspective on Europe. The program specifically targets those who are interested in understanding Europe from a broader, humanist, point of view and who want to apply this perspective in careers related to European cultural and identity politics and Europe-wide communication. Our focus lies on culture, identity and communication, addressed with both theoretical sophistication and career pragmatism.
Academically, the programme benefits from the presence of the Centre for European Studies (www.cfe.lu.se), a research-focused network covering the whole of Lund University. The lectures are given by qualified lecturers with an exemplary research and teaching record, as well as by guest speakers from both academia and industry. Thus, our programme offers a solid theoretical foundation for the study of European culture and identity and develops students’ practical skills through a project management course and the possibility of internships.
As a student on this programme you will learn to:
- understand notions of European culture and history as well as collective identity dynamics,
- master the important features of European Union institutions and governance,
- focus on the European Union’s culture and communication policies and their related areas,
- develop project management and communication skills.
Our previous generations of European Studies graduates have found jobs at embassies and think-tanks. Some others have obtained relevant experience during their internships with European institutions, NGOs, research institutes and cultural organizations across the continent, both within and outside the EU. Some of the Master alumni have also chosen an academic path as doctoral students.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 17 October to 16 January.
Chat with a student ambassador about this programme and student life at Lund University
Phone: +46 46-222 88 23
Email: mattias [dot] nowak [at] eu [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 46 222 84 65
Email: susan [dot] hyden [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
To be admitted to the programme, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences, or the equivalent. The overriding criterion for admission is the applicant’s ability to profit from the programme.
Based on grades on previous courses, statement of purpose, and 2 letters of recommendation.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
* Svensk student?
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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a statement of purpose (letter of intent) and two letters of recommendation when you apply for this programme.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.