European and Global Studies - a.y. 2018/19

The course is aimed at providing students with conceptual, analytical and methodological tools which will enable them to understand political, social and cultural processes and develop and manage projects at the European and global level.


Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-90 - European Studies

Degree awarded: Master of Science in European and Global Studies

Start date: September 2018

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 50 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

EGoS is a Master’s degree completely taught in English to train the future leading class who will be working in European and global politics, administration and communication.

Students acquire knowledges, competences, methods and tools to understand political, social and cultural processes, to develop and manage projects at the European and international levels. They learn to effectively intervene in multi-actor and multi-level settings through innovative, critical and interdisciplinary approaches and the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices.

They also develop global perspectives on political and institutional scenarios, communication and technological developments, coupled with solid roots in the analysis of political, historical, social and economic contexts in multiple countries, and the planning of specific strategies for intervention.

Students will benefit from an international learning environment in Padova, but also abroad exploiting the network of more than 40 university partners for the Erasmus+ program, bilateral agreements and other structured partnerships.

Double degree with the University of Kraków; double degree with the University of Helsinki, Vienna and Heidelberg are being developed.


  Course structure

The programme is articulated around a common track, providing multidisciplinary knowledge and competences, and two thematic tracks.

Courses offered in the common track (1st year) cover the fields of history of ideas, political philosophy, political science, law, economics, sociology and applied linguistics.

The two thematic tracks (2nd year) maintain a common pedagogic vision, but are dedicated, respectively, to European and Global policies: the European Policies track is devoted to the multidisciplinary analysis of the main policy and governance challenges that the European Union is facing, whereas the Global Communication Policies track focuses on how governance, communication and digital transformations intersect on emerging policy and societal challenges.

Common track (1st year)

  • Public Management and Multi-Level Governance (9 credits)
  • European and Global Economics (6 credits)
  • EU and International Law (6 credits)
  • Terrorism and Security in International History (9 credits)
  • Governing Transnational Processes (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Contemporary Political Thought (6 credits)
  • Module B – Decolonial strategies (6 credits)
  • Social Research Methods (6 credits)
  • English as a Global Language (6 credits)

European Policies track (2nd year)

  • Policy Design and Implementation (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Sustainable Development Policies in Europe (6 credits)
  • Module B – Project Management and Policy Evaluation (6 credits)
  • European Economic Policy (6 credits)
  • EU-US Relations (6 credits) OR Lobbying the EU: Theory and Practice (6 credits)
  • History of European Integration (6 credits) OR Conflicts in European and Global History (6 credits)

Global Communication Policies track (2nd year)

  • Global Communication Governance (12 credits - Integrated course)
  • Module A – Communication governance and transnational networks (6 credits)
  • Module B – Digital innovation and society (6 credits)
    • European and Global Citizenship (6 credits) OR Gender, EU Politics and Globalisation (6 credits)
    • International History of Science and Technology (6 credits)
    • Digital Citizenship and Law (6 credits)

Students are also required to write a final thesis (15 credits), choose from a range of electives (12 credits), take part in workshops or do an internship (6 credits).

  Career opportunities

The Course aims at transferring knowledge and developing skills to access leading positions such as:

  • policy analysts, public managers (at all levels), project developers and managers, policy evaluators;
  • directors of international offices in public, private and academic institutions;
  • experts on the interplay of science, technology and society, to support digital policy elaboration, ICT application to societal challenges, Internet governance;
  • gender experts for inclusive and responsive governance in policy planning, project managements, technological development;
  • managers of virtual exchanges for multi-sited team working towards community building, cultural conflict transformations, critical approaches to safety and sustainability;
  • academic and non- academic researchers.

You will be trained to work within professional contexts that require specialized professionals able to design and manage innovative and forward looking strategies in multi-level environments, such as: public administrations, European institutions, international organizations, research centers, universities, consultancy firms, interest representation groups at various levels of government. The skills acquired will also be useful in areas such as development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, cultural diversity and integration programmes, gender-sensitive cultural and policy interventions, analysis and planning for social change.

In those contexts, you will be able to elaborate projects, manage and coordinate activities linked to decision-making, policy design, implementation and monitoring to critically support strategic paths of internationalization and innovation.

  Entry requirements

University first-cycle degree equivalent to an Italian Laurea triennale of at least 180 credits.

Students may come from a number of disciplinary fields, including: political science, international relations and diplomacy; international economics, management, cooperation and development; intercultural communication, media and cultural studies; international law; linguistics; political philosophy; geography; psychology; sociology; history.

  Language requirements

English: level B2


The link to the online application platform as well as step by step guidelines on the online application procedure are included in the Call for Application below (page 2). Please follow the instructions carefully when applying online since links and procedures differ depending on the degree course.

The payment of the application fee (euro 30) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. For detailed payment instructions please read our guide. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. 

For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees are available on page:

The total amount (euro 2507,00) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 185,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Roberto Graziano (