English Language Masters

English-Taught Master's Programs in Europe

New Findings on Supply and Demand

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This IIE briefing paper, English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe: New Findings on Supply and Demand, provides a detailed, data-drive look at the burgeoning growth of English-taught master’s programs in Europe. The authors, Megan Brenn-White and Edwin van Rest, examine statistics that they have obtained from MastersPortal.eu, an online directory and comprehensive source of information about postgraduate degree programs in Europe. The authors examine the growth of English-taught master’s programs in Europe, including the total number of programs offered by country and academic discipline, their duration, and data on prospective students.

This briefing paper was produced through the recently launched IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research. This Center brings together the Institute’s in-house research expertise with leading minds from around the world to conduct and disseminate timely and relevant research and policy analysis in the field of international student and faculty mobility. The Center provides applied research and program evaluation services to domestic and international governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and foundations.

Table of Contents



I. Tracking Growth in English-Taught Programs

II. Duration and Types of English-Taught Programs

III. Surveying the Field: What Institutions Are Offering

IV. Prospective Students: Where They Are from and What They Want


Appendix: Disciplinary Categories in MastersPortal