Master of European Union Studies


This new 180-point degree studies the European Union (EU) in the global context, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region and European Union-New Zealand relations. Master of European Union Studies (MEURO) participants will analyse the influence of global and regional conditions on the EU and gain an understanding of issues around multiculturalism in the European context and in the Asia-Pacific.

The economic and political importance of the EU within the Asia-Pacific region has never been higher. In 2016 the EU and New Zealand initiated a joint Pacific energy partnership programme (worth €2 billion), a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded with Korea, and FTA negotiations are currently underway with ASEAN, Malaysia, India and Singapore and are due to commence with New Zealand in 2016. The impact of BREXIT in our region is an area that the MEURO degree explores from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Features of the MEURO

  • This is the only programme of its kind in this discipline in Australasia, and is part-funded by the European Commission.
  • Teaching staff include two current Jean Monnet Chairs, which is a title awarded by the European Commission in recognition of teaching and research excellence in the field of European integration. Two other staff members have been recipients of Jean Monnet course funding.
  • Participants can take advantage of the expertise, staff and resources that exist within the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), New Zealand’s only research centre devoted to the study of Europe and the European Union.
  • The core courses are research-informed by the NCRE’s internationally acknowledged research projects and published works.

Entry requirements

The MEURO builds on a three-year undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (or a bachelor's degree plus qualifying course) completed at a specified minimum level of attainment. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of European Union Studies or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The master’s consists of 180 points and half of these are accounted for by a dissertation. As a research degree the MEURO builds on and reinforces the NCRE’s international reputation for quality research and its established network of international contacts in Europe and Asia.


The Master of European Union Studies will normally be completed within one year full-time, but may be completed part-time in up to three years. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

There are three compulsory courses (45 points) and a further 45 points of elective courses. Of these electives, one may be selected from a group of courses taught by staff in other programmes (eg, Law, Political Science and International Relations). Students may also select a 15-point internship (EURO 481 European Studies Internship Paper).

Compulsory courses:

Elective courses:

At least 30 points from courses that form a regular part of the EURO Honours programme.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

As the MEURO has a strong research component, it will prepare students for further research at a doctoral level. The NCRE offers a Doctor of Philosophy in European Studies.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare graduates for careers in government organisations, non-government organisations and business with international connections.

Graduates will have engaged in one of the two internships which builds community engagement skills and all graduates will have had the opportunity to reflect on multicultural identities in contemporary Europe and on contemporary relations between the EU and the nations of Asia and the Pacific, including Māori and indigenous societies. These skills and the knowledge gained are of great benefit to government departments such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, as well as educational programmes such as WestREAP and ISD Dusseldorf.

Previous EURO graduates have been employed as policy consultants for Antarctic issues and with NGO's such as the Lawyer’s Committee on Nuclear Policy and Global Focus Aotearoa, as well as project managers and lease advisors for educational institutions.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of European Union Studies.

For general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For study planning help contact the College of Arts:

College of Arts
University of Canterbury
Level 4, Karl Popper Building
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 364 2176
Email: artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz