Study Programmes Master in Border Studies

Study and Career opportunities

The Master in Border Studies prepares for employment opportunities in cross-border and inter-cultural working settings: cultural agencies or institutions, media relations, public administrations, cross-border cultural management and regional marketing. Students can also continue their studies at PhD level.

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    Students benefit from a multicultural and multilingual study experience which is essential for their future professional career.

    The first semester takes place at the University of Luxembourg and the Université de Lorraine. Students get introduced to the main concepts and research methods related to the study of cross-border regions and the current debates on border issues.
    Students spend large parts of the second semester at the University of Lorraine and the University of Luxembourg. They chose one of the two tracks of the programme:
    – spatial track including geography and spatial planning
    – language and cultural track including cultural studies, literature, linguistics, inter-cultural communication.

    The third semester is taught at Saarland University and the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau. Students take part in a seven-day excursion. On top of that, they can carry out a case study on cross-border relations and cooperation. They deepen their knowledge in the specialisation track chosen in the second semester. The final semester is dedicated to the Master thesis. Two workshops are organised at the beginning and end of the semester to allow students to discuss and present their work.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the programme, the students will be able to:

    • critically analyse and theorize border regions, as well as to consider borders as complex spatial, political, economic, social and cultural processes (re-/de-bordering),
    • understand and comment on the social, cultural, political and economic challenges of border regions, and cross-border cooperations,
    • recognize the interdependences built between (trans)regional and (trans)national, local and global, individual and collective patterns of migration, of mobility, of identity and of memories in the context of region and nation,
    • understand intercultural and transcultural phenomena as well as analyse cultural identities and their aesthetic representation in border regions,
    • question the potentials and risks of transnationalisation processes in modern societies and to develop future approaches,
    • compare different border regions, identify problem areas of border regions and mobilise border (region) knowledge and competences,
    • design and develop interdisciplinary research,
    • handle digital media and different forms of blended learning.