free online master’s degree in Europe
- EUCLID is a treaty-based intergovernmental university and an accredited higher education institution under the Intergovernmental Organization status with UN DESA.
- Its headquarters are located in the Republic of Gabon, but classes are also offered online and in French or Spanish.
- The Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Law is offered in English.
European University Association
The European University Association (EUA) is a non-profit organisation that represents more than 800 universities in 47 European countries. Its members include the top performing universities, but also community and private institutions.
With 16,000 higher education institutions in Europe and beyond, EUA provides a gateway for collaboration among professionals and universities across disciplines. The association seeks to promote good practice, sharing of knowledge, and policy expertise through workshops and seminars offered throughout the year. These sessions revolve around important topics related to teaching and research such as innovation in student assessment and university leadership. They are primarily offered for free or at a low cost to their attendees.
Although it does not offer degrees itself, the EUA maintains relationships with many of the universities offering degrees online for free (including the ones featured here) as well as other online learning initiatives like Coursera’s Global Skills Initiative or EdX’s MicroMasters programs which we cover later on this page!
Open Universiteit Nederland (Open University of the Netherlands)
The Open Universiteit Nederland is a public institution founded in 1984. It has more than 110,000 students and offers distance learning on bachelor’s, master’s and professional degree programs as well as providing open courseware to the general public. The university has about 3,700 employees, most of whom work at the main campus in Heerlen in the province of Limburg in the southeastern part of the Netherlands, not far from Belgium and Germany.
With a focus on open learning and flexible study options, Open University of the Netherlands offers various master’s degrees taught entirely in English including Master of Science (MSc) programs in Business Information Management; Economics; Health Sciences; IT & Education; Knowledge Engineering; Nutrition & Dietetics; Physical Activity & Sport Studies; Safety Management and Transport & Logistics Studies. The university also has two Dutch-taught masters: Data Science and Sustainable Development.
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a public university in Glasgow, Scotland. It was formed in 1993 by the merger of The Queen’s College, Glasgow and Glasgow Polytechnic. Its main campus is in the Cowcaddens area of the city, and it has a presence in London and New York City through GCU London and GCU New York.
The university offers degree programmes in a range of disciplines including: business, engineering, built environment, health & life sciences and social sciences. In addition to this GCU also offers short courses on a part-time basis.
In June 2017, Dr. Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE was named Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University; she became only the second woman to hold that office since the foundation of The Queen’s College in 1875.
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University is located in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. It has more than 18,000 students and 7,300 international students. The university offers two online master’s degrees: an MSc Information Technology (e-Business) and an MSc Information Technology (e-Learning).
The Open University (UK)
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. The OU offers over 500 courses at certificate, diploma and degree level, as well as postgraduate qualifications. Most of these are studied part-time with many starting in September 2017.
The OU has been ranked top in the UK for student satisfaction for the last three years by the National Student Survey (NSS). It was also named ‘University of the Year’ in 2015 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide, thanks to its brilliant teaching and facilities.
Universidad de Granada, Spain
Universidad de Granada, Spain
- What programs are offered?
- Master’s Degree in Quality in the Public Sector and Local Government
- Master’s Degree in Higher Education Teaching
- How long is each course?
1 year, but students are also allowed to take individual courses within the program by paying a fee. Each course takes 10 weeks to complete.
- What is the tuition fee per semester?
Free for students who are residents of EU countries including the UK (until Brexit). For full time students from a country outside the EU, there’s a tuition fee of $1700 per course.
- What Language does it use for instruction?
English and Spanish
European Union Studies Center at Wayne State
While the EU Studies Center at Wayne State University does not offer a master’s degree, they do have free online tutorials in European Union studies. The center provides a variety of faculty-led classes on topics like multiculturalism, human rights, and European identity. These educational resources are excellent for anyone looking to learn more about the history and complexities of Europe.
We have listed 8 top universities that offer free online masters degree in Europe.
- University of Lund, Sweden
- German University in Cairo, Egypt
- Aarhus University, Denmark
- University of Turku, Finland
- KU Leuven , Belgium
- Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
- The SLHS Flexible Learning Program at the University of Oslo in Norway
- The International Master’s Programme in Practicing Human Rights at Uppsala University