European Studies MPA-ES


Private Course of Study

Basic Information

Master of Public Administration - MPA (RWTH)
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
3 semesters
ECTS Credits:
90Mehr Informationen

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ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

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    Proficiency in English  

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

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    What does that mean?Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next start: September 2020

Program Description

The postgraduate Master's program "Master of Public Administration in European Studies (MPA-ES)" focuses on current and future socially relevant and technology-oriented topics and combines European competence with technical know-how. The degree program specifically addresses the changing requirements and needs of corporate practice and the public sector, which are created, in particular, by digital transformation. European policy education is linked with technology trends and policy areas at EU level in order to develop solutions for European and global issues.

The degree program features an application- and action-oriented approach based on practical everyday work in the public or private sector. You have to choose between two specializations – energy and climate or digital transformation. In the specialization courses, a basic understanding of technology and engineering is put in the context of EU political guidelines and regulatory mechanisms.

European Studies MPA-ES is an English taught degree program offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and allows you to organize your studies in a flexible way thanks to block courses and web seminars. The interdisciplinary nature of the course is accentuated by the involvement of the various different RWTH faculties. In addition, soft skill modules and a compulsory internship offer you many opportunities to strengthen not only your holistic thinking, but also your networking skills. RWTH lecturers as well as various external lecturers from industry will teach the degree program. MPA-ES is aimed at students with a first university degree and at least one year of professional experience.


Degree Content

MPA-ES is an interdisciplinary course of study that combines EU knowledge with the topics energy and climate as well as digital transformation in an application-oriented way. This continuing education program begins with an in-depth look at the European Union.

The first semester comprises six modules focusing on fundamental aspects of the European Union, such as EU institutions, EU-relevant policy fields, European business and EU law, with particular emphasis on legislative and decision-making processes.

In the second semester, you can choose to specialize in either Energy and Climate or Digital Transformation (each 15 CP) and also select a soft skill module (5 CP). In addition to your Master's thesis (30 CP), an internship or a project (10 CP) is also a compulsory component of the program.

The modules are taught as block courses in Aachen as well as via web seminars. During your self-study time, you will acquire new knowledge, reflect on and enhance what you have learned and prepare for your exams. The program lasts 3 semesters (90 CP in total) and is compatible with part-time work and family life thanks to its block-course format.




To be eligible to study MPA-ES, you must have a first university degree, sufficient language skills in English and professional experience of at least one year. The degree program is open to all disciplines.


Career Prospects

The study program focuses on European and technical aspects as well as methodical competencies. This is fundamental in ensuring organizational processes and strategic decisions are created and managed in a responsible way in an EU context. In addition, you will gain skills to develop concepts that make the most of the emerging potential of digital transformation and new European policy developments.

As an MPA-ES graduate, you will be able to propose innovative solutions to European and technological issues. You will therefore not only be a European expert, but above all an important actor with technical and technological expertise in the EU policy areas of energy, climate, and digital transformation. This creates a multitude of professional opportunities for you in political, social, cultural, or economic fields. Considering the numerous occupational fields in different organizations and sectors, a variety of job profiles will be open to you.

The program prepares you for positions in the private or public sector at the interface of politics and technology, such as EU or national government institutions, public administration sectors, NGOs, international companies, or the media.

Networking events, discussions with experts, and visits to institutions relevant to the EU, as well as a compulsory internship and project work, enable you to get in contact with European policy stakeholders to enhance your career profile.


Examination Regulations

Examination regulations stipulate the course of study objectives, structure, and exam procedures.



The Master's program is offered by RWTH’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities in cooperation with RWTH International Academy.


For Your Information

RWTH Aachen offers some of its courses of study in collaboration with other (private) institutions. They are not part of the courses of study under public law, and thus are not governed by legal guidelines, e.g. university placement allocation.  Some have tuition fees and require a period of professional experience.

Information about prerequisites, application processes, the university placement allocation process, and academic content is available from the host institution, to which you are applying.


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