European Culture and Economy (ECUE), Master 1 subject

  • How can the development of the EU be explained from a social and economic perspective?
  • How is Europe to be understood in historical terms?
  • How is Europe to be understood in its role as a cultural space?
  • How does the EU work from a legal perspective?
  • How can one integrate different approaches to and perspectives of these questions in an interdisciplinary manner?
Nicolas Wigger Gen. Lütke Lembeck

The exchange within a strongly internationalised environment in our small student group is what I enjoy most.

– Nicolas Wigger Gen. Lütke Lembeck, Master's degree


Master of Arts
Winter semester
4 semesters
Classroom language
German, English
Not restricted, application at the faculty required
Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Application information for international applicants

Application information for international applicants

What's it all about?
This degree programme is unique, because ...
international students have the chance to gain an insight into and to study the complexity of Europe in an interdisciplinary manner, working in small groups of max. 35 participants.
It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields ...
  • Europeanisation, Governance, Institutions and Policy Areas in the EU
  • International Institutions and Processes of Globalisation
  • Internationalisation and Transnationalisation
  • Societies, Cultures, Labour and Participation in Europe
  • European History and History of Economics
  • International Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Energy Management and Law
  • Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies (Media, Literature, Language)

Choosing a major is possible in the 3rd and 4th semester.

Who is suited?
Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,
  • interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the degree programme and its contents
  • excellent German and English-language skills
  • very good or good grades acquired in the B.A. course


  • international exchange
  • European topics
  • interdisciplinary and intercultural learning
  • discovering new topics and subjects

struggles through:

  • unfamiliar topics
  • a lot of specialist literature
  • scientific theories
  • methods and models
  • diverse disciplinary ways of working and thinking.
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • in the fields of social science, cultural science, humanities and/or economics.
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in project management and administration in international institutions and organisations
  • in project management in international enterprises
  • in PR, communication and marketing
  • in universities (research and administration)
  • in HR development and consulting
And else?
An internship ...
​Students may earn credit points by completing an internship that counts as a practical module in the compulsory-elective module in the 3rd semester.
Studying abroad ... is recommended. It is done from the 3rd or 4th semester.
Where do I find help?
Academic advisory office

Marcus Reinecke, M. A.
Building, Room: GD 1/159
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28750
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft ECUE
Building, Room: GABF 05/508
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23581
Website Fachschaft


Degree programmes' website

Nicolas Wigger Gen. Lütke Lembeck
Nicolas Wigger is a first-year student of European Culture and Economy (ECUE). He is pursuing the Master of Arts degree.

What made you choose this degree programme?

Because of my interest in Europe and in order to be able to embark on my future career with an interdisciplinary and comprehensive expertise.

In which respect have or haven’t your expectations been fulfilled?

The degree programme provides a multifaceted insight into the subject matter ‘Europe’ – considered from the points of views of different disciplines. Unfortunately, this approach results in an immense exam workload, with introductory, intermediate and final colloquiums as well as term papers, written exams and oral presentations.

Which aspect of your degree programme do you enjoy most?

The exchange within a strongly internationalised environment in our small student group.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Mastering the high exam workload.

What would you like to become after completing your degree?

I would like to work in the field of political consultancy, focusing on European and global topics.

Which advice would you like to give to students who consider enrolling in this degree programme?

The study programme is very demanding and, because of the international environment, very rewarding at the same time. Therefore, I would advise you against holding a part-time job.