Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Introduction

The Institute for European Studies is an autonomous department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It was created in 2001 through an initiative taken by the Flemish Government. As a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the IES teaches advanced Master programmes, and focuses on interdisciplinary research in European Studies, more specifically on the role of the EU in an international setting. Within this scope, the IES provides academic services to scholars, policy makers and the general public.

The Institute’s central location in Brussels, the capital of Europe, makes it an ideal workplace for both students and established scholars wishing to conduct research in an international and interdisciplinary setting. The IES provides also an ideal forum for conferences and workshops on European issues.

The mission of the IES is threefold:

  1. Providing advanced education : through its LL.M in International and European Law, MA in European Integration and Development ("Euromaster"), its annual Summer School on the European Decision-Making Process and its 3 E-Learning modules on European Law, Institutions and Information Sources.
  2. Carrying out scientific research : research is coordinated by the IES Academic Director and conducted by PhD researchers as well as post-doctoral Senior Research Fellows that lead research clusters.
  3. Providing scientific services in the field of European Studies : organizing annual conferences, regular workshops and repeated lecture series, and by conducting commissioned research.

The Institute collaborates closely with numerous universities and research institutions in Belgium, Europe and internationally. These partnerships and the continuous exchange of new ideas with practitioners and scholars allows the IES to strengthen its research goals and produce a high-level blend of conceptual and practical expertise con all major EU policies.

Strategy

Research at the IES focuses on the EU in an international context. It explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalisation and international law and politics. Research projects analyse the role of the EU as a global actor and the interaction between the internal and external dimensions of EU policies. They also address the inter-relationship between the EU and international organisations. To this end, the Institute fosters an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal, economic, social and political expertise. It focuses on forward-looking research that produces policy-relevant results of interest to political decision-makers and the academic community.

Major Research Themes

While IES research principally embraces a wide range of European studies, the Institute focuses its resources on an evolving set of research cluster:

  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Migration, diversity and justice
  • International security
  • European Economic Governance

These clusters are nurtured by means of launching own research projects (principally at PhD level) as well as raising funds from external sponsors.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in European Integration

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

A programme, organised by the Institute for European Studies (IES) in collaboration with the faculty of economic, social and political sciences , Vrije Universiteit and the Solvay Business School. The programme is particularly oriented towards providing an academic, theory-based understanding of the policies, the institutions and the socio-economic processes in the European Union. [+]

The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions. The Programme operates as a “Master after Master”, required students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study. What can I study? The EuroMaster offers a common core of 4 courses on the essential features of European Integration: • Economics of European Integration • Policy-making and Interest Representation in the European Union • History and Law of the European Union • Research Methods Lab After these 4 mandatory courses, students have to take 2 pre-selected specialisation options, to be chosen from the list of 4 below: • European Economy • Migration and Europe • European External Relations and Security Policy • European Environmental Governance Master Thesis Students also have to complete a Master Thesis (15 ECTS) on a topic of relevance within the EPSI or EEI framework (first and second semester). Total: 60 ECTS It offers students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. The Master is designed to provide graduate students of different backgrounds with an expert knowledge on European legislation, European institutions and the economic integration process. For whom? The EuroMaster is... [-]

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Contact

Institute for European Studies

Address Boulevard de la Plaine 5
1050 Brussels, BE
Website http://www.ies.be/
Phone +32 2 614 80 01