The Master in European Studies (MES) aims to provide a holistic understanding of the modern Europe and its major representative regional organisation – the European Union. The courses taught in this programme provide a holistic perspective on Europe’s distinctive history and how it began to transform during the twentieth century and witnessed several new political, security, and economic changes. Another interesting feature of this programme is that it offers perspectives on Europe both from within and from outside. This is facilitated by academic collaborative exercises offered by the AEI in-house experts and Europe-based professors, scholars, and policy makers. A distinct feature of the Master in European Studies programme is that rather than being deeply embedded in history alone, it offers a blending of historical, modern international relations, regionalism, and political economy perspectives. In doing so, the programme pays due attention to the European Union and its affiliate regional and inter-regional initiatives, thereby presenting itself as a one of its kind Master’s degree programme on European Studies in Asia.

The main aim of this program is to produce graduates that have advanced knowledge of political security, economic and strategic issues on the European region.

As a post graduate programme, the educational objectives (PEO) that AEI hopes to prepare its graduates for are as follows:

  • PEO 1: Graduates will be employed in relevant positions pertaining to the EU Europe and other related fields.
  • PEO 2: Graduates will engage in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and interdisciplinary learning appropriate for government, organizations, industry, and academia.
  • PEO 3: Graduates will contribute to sustainable development and the well-being of society.
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Programme Duration:

  • Minimum - 3 semesters
  • Maximum - 9 semesters

Semester Intake:

  • Semester 1: October
  • Semester 2: March

Academic Session Calendar:

Mode of Study:

  • Coursework

Academic Qualification: Bachelor's degree (CGPA 3.00 and above)

For international candidates whose degree is from a university where the medium of instruction is not English, a minimum score in one of the following standard language tests is required:

  • TOEFL test (paper-based) - 550 or higher
  • TOEFL test (computer-based) - 213 or higher
  • TOEFL test (internet-based) - 80 or higher
  • IELTS test (academic) - Band 5.5 or higher

Academic Session 2021/2022

Semester 1
Code Subject Credits
QQX7007 Regionalism and Regionalisation 3
QQB7007 Regionalism in Europe 3
QQB7008 Modern Europe 3
Elective Courses **
QQD7008 The Making of Modern Southeast Asia (3)
QQD7009 ASEAN and Regional Security (3)
QQD7010 ASEAN and Economic Integration (3)
Total Credits for Semester 1 9
Semester 2
Code Subject Credits
QQX7001 Research Methodology 3
QQX7006 Political Economy of Asia-Europe Relations 3
QQX7008 Comparative Regionalism 3
QQB7009 Regional Security in Europe 3
QQB7010 Economic Integration in Europe 3
QQB7011 Research Project 6*
Elective Courses **
QQD7007 ASEAN Regionalism (3)
Total Credits for Semester 2 21
Semester 3
Code Subject Credits
QQB7011 Research Project 6*
Elective Courses **
QQX7009 Internship 6
Total Credits for Semester 3 6
Total All Credits (Sem. 1 + Sem. 2 + Sem. 3 + Elective Courses)
Elective Courses = 6 credit hours

* 12 credits divided into 2 semesters: 12/2 = 6 credits
** To choose 6 credit hours of elective course from either Sem. 1 / Sem.2 / Sem.3

Last Update: 22/11/2021