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* European Politics and Society: Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme (joint degree)

The European Politics and Society (EPS): Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Programme linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policymaking. The key role of the programme is to identify and analyse the challenges Europe faces today (migration, security, populism). The first semester of the EPS Programme is based on Master level introductory courses (in Prague ); the second semester focuses on EU related courses (Krakow, Leiden). In the third and fourth semesters, the programme offers four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, an internship ((does not apply to Barcelona) and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.

The EPS Programme gives its students the possibility to acquire high-profile pluridisciplinary knowledge and skills. The first goal of the EPS Programme is to prepare a new generation of managers, policymakers and research leaders. The excellence of the programme is based on a central focus on the societal, political, economic and cultural processes that have formed contemporary Europe and its role in the international environment. The programme also fosters exchange among diverse European and non-European cultures, and offers a unique learning experience to both EU and non-EU students. The EPS Programme thus contributes to building a real trans-European community of students, experts and academia that deal with current European challenges.

Year 1

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

September Semester

All students spend their first semester in Prague

Charles University, Prague

February Semester

For the second semester, the students have two options: Leiden or Krakow

Leiden University

Justice and Home Affairs 5
Economics of the European Union 5
Social Justice 5
Thesis and Methods in International Relations Research (EUS) sem 2 5

Electives Leiden University (10 EC)

Students can choose electives offered by the following programmes: (semester 2 courses)

Vaclav Havel: Language Course 5

Extra-curriculair activity

Leiden Elective Academic Periodical 10

Year 2

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Year 2

For the second year of the European Politics and Society Joint Master Programme, students may choose among all * the universities that constitute the EPS consortium

  • Students cannot remain at the university of their second semster)

Charles University, Prague

Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Leiden University

Vaclav Havel: Internship 15
Master Thesis European Politics and Society 30

Electives Leiden University (10 EC)

Students can choose electives offered by the following programmes:

Extra-curriculair activity

Leiden Elective Academic Periodical 10

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Programme structure (1st year)

Semester 1

The EPS Programme is a two-year Master’s Programme divided into four semesters. Like all students you will spend your first semester in Prague. Before the beginning of the first semester, you participate in the Prague Introductory week, where you meet the academic coordinators and faculty staff. The first semester serves as an introduction to the programme so you enrol only in compulsory courses. It is based mainly on methodology and an introduction to the main challenges faced by Europe today as well as the key academic disciplines relevant to their understanding. At the end of the first semester, you choose the topic of your Master’s thesis with the assistance of academic coordinators from Charles University. In their first semester, students will also travel to Brussels, for the Brussels field trip, a 2-day event to meet experts from EU institutions.

Semester 2

For the second semester, you will have two options: Leiden or Krakow. This semester also contains a number of compulsory courses that cover different areas of EU studies. In addition, you can prepare for your own specialization by choosing from a range of facultative courses and language training. At the beginning of the second semester, second year students participate in a two-day Barcelona Research Seminar. First year students participate in an online one-day Research Seminar towards the end of their second semester. Each event gives students the opportunity to present their research, whether preliminary in the case of first year students or more developed in the case of the second year students. All students receive feedback from their peers and academic experts. In addition, experts in research design deliver guest lectures to talk students through the methodological issues associated with their own research.

Programme structure (2nd year)

For the second year of the EPS Programme, students may choose among all the universities that constitute the EPS consortium: Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland), Leiden University (Netherlands) and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (Spain). Their choice of preferences must already be specified in their application before they enter the programme and students cannot remain at the university of their second semester of study.

Semester 3 and 4

During the two final semesters, you will have a wide choice of facultative courses that reflect the added value of each member of the consortium – areas of academic expertise of these universities in terms of course offerings and research. These fields are the following: Traditions and Future of a Multilevel Europe (Prague), Policymaking in the EU (Barcelona), Centre and Periphery (Krakow) and Europe in the International Environment (Leiden). If you take your second year in Leiden, Prague or Krakow there is an obligatory internship of 15 ECTS with an international organization or company. Barcelona has a more scientific specialization and you concentrate on research skills.

Students studying at Leiden, Prague or Krakow should work on their thesis throughout the final year of study. In the cases of Prague and Krakow, students attend MA thesis seminars both semesters and work closely both with the MA thesis seminar teacher and their academic supervisor. In Leiden, students work with the academic supervisor. Thanks to the partnership with the Europaeum, students can submit a proposal to present their research and/or serve as a discussant at the Oxford Spring School, which takes place in the second semester of the second year. Selected second year students will travel to Oxford to participate in this unique student event and academic experience.

Course Registration

Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Master thesis and requirements for graduation

The MA thesis is an extended piece of original academic writing, which students are required to deliver to complete their studies.
The thesis production process starts in the first semester when students first propose their topic in the course Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences. After receiving feedback on this preliminary proposal, students reformulate the proposal as part of preparation for presenting at the online Research Seminar. During the second semester, students continue working on the MA thesis proposal as a part of methodological courses at Jagiellonian University and Leiden University.
During the second year, MA thesis seminars and/or consultation with the academic supervisor are designed to help students with the research progress. In January, students will receive feedback from peers and EPS academics at the Barcelona Research Seminar. Thesis supervision arrangements may differ depending on the partner university at which the student is writing it.
The thesis deadline for submission is usually in mid-June of the final year of study. For those who defend the MA thesis at Charles University, Jagiellonian University or Leiden University, the thesis is required to be 20,000 words (± 10 %). For those at Pompeu Fabra University, the thesis should be constituted of 40 pages (12,000 words ± 10 %). All students undertake an oral defence of their thesis. Before that, it is independently assessed by the academic supervisor and by the second reviewer, an academic from a different partner university than the student’s final year of study.
In total, students are required to have 120 ECTS for graduation.