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Study programme

Identity and Integration (European Studies)

In the first two blocks of semester 1 students take three mandatory courses of the MA programme, as well as two electives. The mandatory skills seminar runs from early October to the end of April, and results in a study trip to one of the European Cultural Capitals. In the second semester, students take two more electives and write their thesis.

Programme structure

The Master's in Identity and Integration comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for core courses
  • 24 credits for electives
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis

Core courses

  1. Cultures of Nationalism in Contemporary Europe. This course offers a comparative cultural history of Europe with a focus on nation-building in the past two centuries, and on the intellectual history of national culture and nationalism;
  2. Uniting Europe: contested identities and ideas for integration studies the diversity of European thought, of competing ideas about European identity, of  schemes for European unity, as well as the ways in which such ideas were communicated across Europe.
  3. Skills Seminar. European Capitals of Culture studies the EU ECOC programme. Students gain knowledge about EU’s cultural policies and train their more practical skills by organising and programming a symposium with expert speakers and a study trip to the European Cultural Capital.


The electives complement the core courses of Identity and Integration. They add to the interdisciplinary approach to studying European culture and history and allow students to pursue specific interests in terms of themes, periods, regions and methods.


We enable students to do an internship during the MA programme. The student is responsible for organising the internship and should do so in consultation with the programme coordinator, as possibilities need to be sought to accommodate the internship within the framework of the programme.


You complete the Identity and Integration programme by executing your own in-depth research project. We will help you find a suitable thesis supervisor. Upon completion, you will have gained profound understanding of the complexity of a theme of your own choice and you will have mastered the necessary skills to conduct independent research in this field.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, see: 

UvA Course Catalogue: Identity and Integration