Master studies in Europe

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Master studies in Europe

Master studies are postgraduate programs which are offered at universities and colleges across Europe. There are few thousands of academic and research master programs offered at official European languages and besides that there is a significant number of programs in English language.

Master studies in Europe represent the second cycle of higher education according to the Bologna Declaration and in general these programs last 1 to 2 years and are worth 60 to 120 ECTS. In certain European countries research master programs could last up to 4 years.

Master programs are generally closely more specialized than Bachelor studies and their focus is improving knowledge and skills in specific scientific disciplines. These studies include theoretical lectures, academic writing, and research as well as writing and defending and independent master thesis. Certain programs include practical training within the industry. Most common qualifications at the level of master studies are MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science), MRes (Master of Research), and apart from that more specific qualifications such as MBA, MEng, MPhil etc.

Tuition fees for master studies

Tuition fees for master studies depend on the country, location, institution, study field, and program as well as on the students’ nationality. Tuition fees for nationals of EU, EEA and Switzerland are lower and start from 1.000 EUR annually. Tuition fees for international students generally range from 2.000 up to 20.000 EUR per year. Public institutions around Europe are significantly more affordable than private institutions and in some countries public institutions charge only administrative costs, while tuition is free.

Conditions and benefits of master studies in Europe

  • In order to enroll in master studies in Europe students generally need to fulfill 2 conditions: to have Bachelor degree and to have sufficient knowledge of language in which program is taught. Some programs can have additional conditions such as taking GRE or GMAT test.
  • Master studies in Europe are very popular option for international students because there is a significant offer of programs in English language
  • Europe has some of the most resepcted educational institutions in the world and many other institutions which offer excellent study conditions
  • Master diploma obtained at European educational institutions as well as knowledge and skills, are highly sought after by employers and open many doors of successful career worldwide
  • Across Europe there are many scholarships for master studies which can ease costs of studying abroad
  • Student usually have the right to work during their studies with some limitations and gain work experience and connections in that way
  • In certain number of European countries students have the right to stay for some time after graduation and find a permanent job in order to stay in that country

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