Subject Specific Competences

Knowledge and understanding

The master programme in European Studies supplies knowledge which, within European Studies, especially regional studies, is based on the highest international research within a field of study. The graduate is able to understand and, on a scientific basis, reflect on the knowledge of the field/fields of study and be able to identify scientific issues of relevance


The graduate can, in a qualified manner, select and apply scientific methods and theories for the collection and analysis of data for description and complex analysis of specific problems within a company, public or private institution, as well as theoretical issues related to these areas. The graduate can set up new models of analysis and solutions for problems based on the performed analysis. The graduate can communicate her/his knowledge and discuss professional and scientific issues with colleagues, management, politicians and the surrounding society.


A MSc in European Studies has gained substantial competencies within the broad field of the Europe of Regions. She/he will be able to manage work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new models for solutions. Graduates can independently initiate and implement professional and interdisciplinary cooperation and take on professional responsibility. Graduates can independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialization. Graduates will be able to find occupation and job opportunities within a wide range of both public and private institutions such as international and national bodies, agencies, consultants, organisations or companies working with both European and regional areas of activities.

When you work with different academic challenges and tools, you acquire general academic competences.

Often it is not the product that’s being evaluated, but your capacity to be critical about the process you have gone through, and how you have approached the challenges during the process to the product.

What are my general academic competences?

Through your programme you’ll acquire among others the following general academic competences: 

  • Being able to isolate, define and analyze a professional problem by using relevant theories and methods
  • Being able to systematize complex knowledge and data and select and prioritize that which is important for the subject matter
  • Being able to critically assess the various theories and methods in the academic field
  • Being able to apply concepts precisely and consistently and being able to engage in dialogue and argue on a basic theoretical foundation
  • Being able to  critically assess sources and document them
  • Being able to convey professional problems and solutions in a way that make them relevant and understandable to various segments
  • Being able to handle complex and development-oriented situations and cooperate and being able to both give and accept constructive criticism
  • Being able to work independently, disciplined, structured and goal-oriented, and keep  deadlines and  formalities 

Read more about your general academic competences in your curriculum.