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Our Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs MA will give you an in-depth knowledge of the politics, economics and society of Asia and Europe. Read more

Our Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs MA will give you an in-depth knowledge of the politics, economics and society of Asia and Europe. You will study at two world-leading institutions: Renmin University of China, where you will benefit from its expertise on China and Asia; and King’s College London, where you will benefit from our expertise in European affairs. Together we will provide you with the knowledge to critically understand and assess Asian, European and global politics. 

Key benefits

  • Opportunity to learn about both contemporary Asia and Europe with a particular focus on economic, political and societal dynamics.
  • Study at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, in two of the world’s most dynamic cities (one year in Beijing, one year in London).
  • Unique opportunity to develop a sensitivity towards social, cultural and political differences greatly valued by employers.
  • Possibility of learning Chinese contributes to employability.
  • For Chinese students, reaching proficiency in English contributes to employability.
  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics and International Relations (2014 Research Excellence Framework).

Description

The EU is the largest economic block in the world and Asia is the fastest-growing region. This course will equip you with sufficient knowledge about the two regions to work in either of them or in international institutions. You will have the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of your choice and develop advanced research skills through two research dissertations – one for Renmin University of China and one for King’s.

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a leading research university focusing on humanities and social sciences. Its scope covers natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences. According to the China Ministry of Education, Renmin is ranked first for the study of political science, public administration, economics, law, statistics, business administration and sociology. The School of International Studies (SIS) is one of the earliest institutes to engage in the teaching and research of political science and international affairs. Because of this, the school has established strong academic traditions and accumulated invaluable historical experience, making it a leading and influential teaching and research base in the fields of political science and international studies in China.

King’s is one of the top universities in the world, as well as one of the most recognised institutions for the study of politics, political economy and international relations. Our Department benefits from links to other departments via the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Law and Governance, making us an excellent place to study contemporary European affairs.

Course purpose

Offers postgraduate-level education in Asian and European affairs. Provides students with the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of their choice through the completion of two research dissertations (one for Renmin University of China, the other for King's).

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.

In year 1, students are expected to successfully complete 28 RUC credits. In year 2, students will have six hours per week of teaching during term time as well as 34 hours of self-study per week.

For Renmin University of China, one credit equates to 16 class hours.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work at King’s.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 50% examination and 50% coursework in year 1, and 100% coursework in year 2.

Year 2: The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Students undertaking this course would be ideally placed to work in the public sector, in government and international organisations, particularly in departments working on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates would be well placed to gain roles in journalism, consultancy and think tanks in the private sector.

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What is the Master of European Studies. Transnational and Global Perspectives all about?. This.  interdisciplinary programme. Read more

What is the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives all about?

This interdisciplinary programme engages students to study Europe both as a transnational community and as an actor in a globalised world. The programme offers insight and knowledge about the nature and functioning of Europe both in the contemporary world and in a historical perspective. Interaction with staff members from various disciplines and faculties (Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Economics, and Theology) exposes students to a wide range of theoretical approaches and allows them to acquire the necessary methodological skills. The programme strongly emphasises the need to engage in a critical debate about the challenges that confront Europe with respect to its internal, diversified identities and its interaction with other actors in the world. 

Structure

The programme consists of five interdisciplinary modules. You choose four courses from one particular module.

  • Module 1: European History, Diversity, and Culture focuses on historical diversities and transnational movements and institutions in Europe.
  • Module 2: EU External Relations analyses the external policies and relations of the European Union within the context of globalisation and new forms of global governance.
  • Module 3: Globalising Europe investigates different dimensions of globalisation and their relevance for contemporary European society, politics, and culture.
  • Module 4: Europe - Asia: Interactions and Comparisons offers students the possibility to complement their European perspective with knowledge of developments in contemporary Asia.
  • Module 5: Russia, Wider Europe and the EU unveils connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of wider Europe and its relations with Russia.

In addition, you will be asked to select two courses from the list of electives. Finally, all students take the course 'Transnational and Global Perspectives on Europe' and write a master's thesis.

This initial master's programme can only be followed on a full-time basis. All courses are taught during the day and for most courses your attendance is required. It is therefore not possible to combine a job with this demanding programme.

Objectives

The multidisciplinary ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’ engages students to study Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. By choosing one of the five modules, students focus on

  • transnational perspectives on European history, society, diversity and culture;
  • the external relations and policies of the European Union;
  • the position and interactions of Europe in a context of globalisation and global governance;
  • the interactions and comparisons between Europe and Asia or the connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of Russia, wider Europe and the European Union.

The multidisciplinary and research-based education enables students to acquire skills to understand, contextualize and assess complex challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries as well as national and regional borders. It allows students to engage in a critical debate about Europe within a context of complex internal and external dynamics, and formulate alternative options. Interaction with staff members of various disciplines and faculties exposes students to a wide range of academic approaches in the study of Europe. Supervision by individual staff members, particularly in the context of their master thesis, provides students with focus and guidance for their own research.

Career paths

 MAES graduates are equipped with in-depth knowledge of various aspects of European politics, law, history and culture, are schooled in various research methodologies, and are able to communicate their findings to a diverse audience. MAES graduates are thus well positioned for a wide range of professional pursuits.

Many alumni work for European institutions and interest groups, provide advice on European affairs to national, regional or local administrations and governments, or work as European affairs officers for private companies and non-governmental organisations. Others are engaged in national and multinational diplomacy.

Many hold academic positions in European politics, economy, history and culture at universities all over the world. Still other alumni inform the public about European affairs as journalists and cultural officers.

Having delivered its first graduates 20 years ago, MAES counts many prominent figures in European affairs among its alumni. Many of them attribute their MA degree in European Studies as a decisive factor in their career success.



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Learning and living Europe. Study in 3 cities! Berlin - Nice - Rome or Istanbul. The. Master in Advanced European and International Studies - European integration and global studies. Read more

Learning and living Europe: Study in 3 cities! Berlin - Nice - Rome or Istanbul

The Master in Advanced European and International Studies - European integration and global studies provides an overarching and extensive view of the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the present times. Its encompassing teaching method at the crossroads of theory and practice helps the students to gain thorough academic expertise in European affairs as well as a first hand-insight into the work as a Policy Officer at a European institution or international organisation. With its leitmotiv "Learning and living Europe", the programme follows an original approach that distinguishes it from other Master's courses in European Studies and International Relations: the European integration and global studies programme is taught in English and takes place in three different study locations: Berlin, Nice, Rome or Istanbul. After two common terms, the participants have the possibility to chose between two options for the spring term: they can opt to finish their studies either in Rome or in Istanbul.

Programme

Berlin, Germany

The academic year starts in Berlin (from October to December), it encompasses classes on the basics of all the four modules (Conflict and cooperation in the international system, European integration and external action; Federalism and multi-level governance; Globalisation and sustainable development), completed by the seminar « Project cycle management », the core part of the fifth module "Professional Skills Workshops".

Nice, France

In Nice, teaching focuses on the current international order, examining the reasons for conflict and the perspectives for cooperation. Lectures explore Europe's policies in diverse fields (trade, democracy promotion, conflict resolution, climate change, development aid) to explain how important a role the EU plays on the international stage.

At the same time, the programme looks into the current challenges the European integration project is facing (euroscepticism, the challenges of economic governance, Brexit, refugee crisis). During this term, students take their mid-term exams.

A one-week study trip takes the students to European and international institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Visits to the European Council, the European Commission and NATO are highlights of the stay in Brussels, whereas Strasbourg hosts not only the headquarters of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rignts, but also the plenary sessions of the European Parliament.

Rome, Italy or Istanbul, Turkey

According to their choice, students will do their third trimester either in Rome or in Istanbul.

In Rome, special focus is given to the Mediterranean region and Africa with particular emphasis on the issues of migration, poverty and food security. Students will visit relevant UN institutions.

In Istanbul, students study the changing EU-Turkey relations and focus on area studies of the Black Sea region, the Caucasus including ENP, and Central Asia.

During the third term, students have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as they are free of obligations from mid-May to mid-June to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation, students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network.

Teaching Modules

Conflict and cooperation in the international system

A theoretically grounded approach to revisit the continuities and changes of international relations. Following a theoretical introduction into the grand schools of thought of international relations theory, we will approach the interdisciplinary field of conflict and violence studies. From its very beginning, understanding and explaining questions of war and peace has been at the heart of 'International Relations' as an academic discipline. A special focus will be given to inter-group violence and inter-state conflicts in both the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe: from the Western Balkans to Cyprus, from Israel to Palestine, from Ukraine to Syria.

European Integration and external action

This module aims at familiarising the students, who could well become the next generation of European and international decision-makers, with an expert knowledge of the structures, institutions, and problems of the European Union.We focus firstly on the historical development of European integration and then go on to analyse the Union’s institutions and study the basics of EU law. The last part of the program is devoted to the different policies of the EU and especially emphasises the challenges of enlargement.

Federalism, multi-level governance and conflict resolution

For the last fifteen years, federalism has known a revival as an international field of studies. In this framework, three major developments can be considered. The first is the study of the European Union, not analysed any more as a process of integration but in terms of federal institutional comparative approach. The second development is multi-level governance, that can be conceived as an extension of federalism as it deals with any form of multi-tier institutional system. This cooperative/competitive approach has appeared to understand the institutional consequences of the process of globalisation in post-industrialised societies, and of the subsequent changing of nature of sovereignty in the relevant states. Eventually, federalism has become a tool of conflict resolution, in order to resolve violent conflicts all over the world.

Economy, globalisation and sustainable development

The module puts a specific focus on the role of the EU as an economic actor on the global stage, with its opportunities and challenges driven both by European specific evolutions and globalisation trends. Finally, the module proposes an introduction to global sustainable development issues (climate change, access to water, etc.), as they are among the most decisive challenges that will shape the future of the world economy.

Professional Skills Workshops

This module equips the participants with the professional skills and competences that will enable them to work in the context of the European and international organisations. They will take actively part in several simulation games and follow workshops on project cycle management, intercultural management, as well as on mediation and negotiation.

Application deadline is 30 June of the current year.



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The master's programme in European Public Affairs is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. Read more

The master's programme in European Public Affairs is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. As policy problems transcend national borders and national problem-solving capacities, there is a need for individuals who are familiar with the complexities of Europe and the European Union, and who can reformulate intricate problems in manageable and achievable terms.

From the perspectives of political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration, the programme delves into contemporary policy problems. You will be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration.

The programme is organised in close cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). EIPA is a professional organisation that provides training, research and consultancy within the field of European affairs. The many lectures and workshops by EIPA professionals underline the practice-oriented approach of the programme and allow you to become familiar with the complexities of transnational policy-making. You will be equipped not only with academic skills, but also the tools that you will need in professional practice.

Why this programme?

The master's programme in European Public Affairs (EPA) provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. The policy context in the European Union is complex, and contemporary policy problems transcend national and disciplinary borders. You will therefore learn various academic concepts, theories and research methods from disciplines such as political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration. You will use this knowledge to research, analyse and critically evaluate EU policy problems. You will also be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration. You will put this knowledge and these skills to work by teaming up with your fellow students to develop concrete solutions to real policy problems.



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Master's specialisation in Europe. Borders, Identity and Governance. Rather than withering away under the impact of globalisation, borders have become privileged sites today for investigating the contemporary transformation of European governance, sovereignty, territory and identit(ies). Read more

Master's specialisation in Europe: Borders, Identity and Governance

Rather than withering away under the impact of globalisation, borders have become privileged sites today for investigating the contemporary transformation of European governance, sovereignty, territory and identit(ies). The masters specialisation Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance will focus on b/ordering processes occurring within Europe’s internal cross-border regions (or Euregions), taking into account the context of shifts in state sovereignty, territoriality, and cultural identity in Europe’s borderlands. Courses within this program will also train attention on the external bordering dimension of the European Union (ie, Eastward Enlargement, European Neighbourhood Programme), while also addressing the EU’s search for a broader role in the world. Key themes raised in this master specialisation are e.g.: cross-border governance, transnational and multi-level governance, European citizenship and ‘cosmopolitical’ identit(ies), critical border geopolitics, biopolitical b/orderings and border securitisation, European post-colonial b/ordering and ‘othering’, and the search for an ‘ethical’ dimension to European borders.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ebig

Career prospects

The Master's specialisation Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance provides graduates entry into rapidly growing sectors of the job market, be it government, business or academia. Students will be able to apply the scientific insights and practical skills acquired to topics as varied as Europeanisation, internationalisation, borders, identities, cross-border governance and international cooperation and politics.

With expertise gained through this master a graduate may work for a local, provincial, or national (e.g. Foreign Affairs section) government, becoming responsible for, sharing expertise in and delivering advice on cross-border cooperation, international mobility, the attraction of international firms and investments, or the acquisition of European Union funds.

Another major category of employment may be found in the field of consultancy.As a consultant or advisor, a graduate may help promote the internationalisation of a city or region, or assist regional and city governments in obtaining and managing EU- funded projects.

The master is also very well suited as preparation for an international career. A graduate may find employment with the European parliament, European Commission or related institutions, or work as a programme officer with a European organisation or as an International/European affairs expert in a firm. Opportunities also abound within the rapidly growing job market for academic researchers and/or lecturers with one of the many Dutch or international research institutes and schools focusing on European issues.

Our approach to this field

The Master's "Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance" is an engaged and inspiring master that offers state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the field of European studies. As the European Union is a construction of politically engaged human beings, we will focus on this construction process first and foremost. We will try to find answers to questions like: why do we wish to have a European Union and in what form then, where are the borders of the European Union, how do the policies of the European

Union affect our daily lives, our national identities and national borders and how do the policies of the European Union affect the people outside the European Union, that is the neighbour countries as well as countries further away. You will be taught by distinguished and internationally recognised professors who

study these issues and publish their findings in international academic journals and contribute to the public debate. Our goal is to help you gain up-to-date insights and exchange views on this important knowledge field in a spirit of curiosity, openness and thoughtfulness. You will study theories, methods and instruments, but above all you will develop a knowledge-seeking and critical attitude.

The Master's ‘Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance’ includes a variety of cases, individual and group assignments, international excursions, lectures and seminars. This unique programme gives you the opportunity to share experiences with other students and to link theory Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance with practice. You can select the elective courses that you find interesting and important and you can choose your own topic for your master thesis. Furthermore, we offer to find an exciting and

challenging national or international internship in the field of your own interest.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ebig



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Learning and living Europe. Study in 3 cities! Nice - Canterbury - Berlin. The. Master in Advanced European and International Studies - Trilingual studies. Read more

Learning and living Europe: Study in 3 cities! Nice - Canterbury - Berlin

The Master in Advanced European and International Studies - Trilingual studies (MAEIS) provides an overarching and extensive view of the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the global world. The MAEIS is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme which aims to educate the next generation of European decision-makers. Its encompassing teaching method at the crossroads of theory and practice helps the students to gain thorough academic expertise in European affairs as well as a firsthand-insight into the work as a Policy Officer at a European institution or international organisation. With its leitmotiv "Learning and living Europe", the programme follows an original approach that distinguishes it from other Master's courses in European Studies and International Relations: the trilingual studies programme is taught in English, French and German and takes place in three different study locations: Nice, Canterbury and Berlin. At the end of the programme, students can opt to do a professional internship (3 to 6 months).

Programme

Nice, France

The programme starts in Nice, France.

The first term encompasses introductory classes to all of the five modules (International Relations, European Integration, Economy and Globalisation, Federalism and Governance, and Professional Skills), completed by international conferences and seminars dealing with current world politics events. This term is concluded by a mid-term exam and a three-day-simulation.

Canterbury, UK

The second term takes place in Canterbury, UK, in co-operation with the University of Kent.

During this term, students choose three courses among the curriculum proposed by the School of Politics and International Relations of the University, in line with their specialisation. At the end of the term, students write an essay for each of the three courses.

A one-week study trip to the European and international organisations in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg is organised during the second or third term.

Berlin, Germany

During the third term in Berlin, Germany the programme aims at deepening the students' knowledge of European integration and contemporary problems in international relations, through several thematic workshops.

Our partner in Berlin, the Institut für Europäische Politik provides a dialogue with European integration experts and offers an insight into political life in Berlin. Students have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as they are free of obligations from mid-May to mid-June to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation, students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network. The Master programme is credited with 60 ECTS.

Optional Internship

Subsequently, students who have taken this option, will do an internship of three to six months. The internship can be accomplished in a European institution, an international organisation, national diplomacy, consultancies, non-governmental organisations or research institutes. At the end of the internship, students submit a substantial internship report, which is assessed by a board of examiners. Internship and internship report are credited with supplementary 30 ECTS.

Teaching Modules

International Relations

Complex interdependency, dynamic power figurations and imbalances characterise today's world politics, an arena that is influenced by diverse actors in multi-level processes. Since its establishment in the early 20th century, the academic discipline of International Relations (IR) has been shaped by different schools of thought. We will explore the major theories that draft a comprehensive or holistic explanation of international politics, in order both to identify presuppositions in public debates and to apply those theoretical tools to academic analysis.

European Integration

At the beginning of the new millennium, the European Union can look back at considerable achievements such as the completion of the monetary union. On the other hand, the EU remains confronted with greater challenges: new member states need to be fully integrated, the EU institutions must be reformed, a common identity for foreign and security politics must be reinforced, the acceptance of the EU amongst its Member States' populations needs to be strengthened.

Federalism and Governance

For the last fifteen years, federalism has known a revival as an international field of studies. Three major developments can be considered. The first is the study of the EU, not analysed any more as a process of integration but in terms of federal institutional comparative approach. The second development is multi-level governance, that can be conceived as an extension of federalism as it deals with any form of multi-tier institutional system. This cooperative/competitive approach has appeared to understand the institutional consequences of the process of globalisation in post-industrialised societies, and of the subsequent changing of nature of sovereignty in the relevant states. Eventually, federalism has become a tool of conflict resolution.

Economy and Globalisation

This course aims at giving an overview of the forces that drive world trade. International economics analyses the exchanges of goods, services and capitals between countries. It also analyses the conditions under which these exchanges take place. If the rule of free trade appears to have priority, in actuality, many countries resort to protectionism, in spite of WTO rules. Globalisation is at the heart of the concerns (or fears) of various players, such as political leaders, unions, businesses, households, civil society, etc. Are we witnessing the shifting of the world's centre in favour of South and East Asia?

Professional Skills Workshops

This module equips the participants with the professional skills and competences that will enable them to work in the context of the European and international organisations. They will take actively part in several simulation games and follow workshops on project cycle management, intercultural management, as well as on mediation and negotiation.

Applications and Scholarships

Candidates can submit their application dossier via online form. They should also include all the relevant documents, or send them by post or email. An academic committee meets regularly in order to review complete applications. 

A limited number of scholarship funds can be awarded to particularly qualified candidates to cover some of the costs related to studies or accommodation. The application deadline is 15 June of the current year.



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This interdisciplinary MA promotes the understanding of Europe in its political, social and philosophical dimensions. Read more

This interdisciplinary MA promotes the understanding of Europe in its political, social and philosophical dimensions. Choosing specialisms within European thought, society, history and politics you will develop discipline-specific skills and regional expertise, while the interdisciplinary programme structure encourages thinking across boundaries, gaining an expansive overview of the continent.

About this degree

The Modern European Studies pathway focuses on the emergence of modern Europe, the political implications of integration, and its transition from competing nation states and forms of governance to an expanding political and economic union. Students take complementary optional modules, which may be national, regional, or European in scope.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Two pathways are offered: Taught and Research.

The Taught pathway consists of two core modules (60 credits), four optional inter-faculty modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The Research pathway consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional inter-faculty modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), four inter-faculty optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Questions of European Integration
  • The Making of Modern Europe

Optional modules

Students on the Taught pathway take four, and students on the Research pathway take two of the following inter-faculty optional modules

  • Relevant Modules - UCL Arts & Humanities Faculty
  • Relevant Courses - UCL Social & Historical Sciences Faculty
  • Relevant Modules - UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES)

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words, or 18,000 words for the Research pathway.

Teaching and learning

Key aspects of European theory and culture are taught through participation in lectures and seminars. Through feedback sessions on presentations and essays, students are encouraged to reflect on, and improve, their own work. Assessment is through a combination of coursework essays, unseen written examinations, and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: European Studies: Modern European Studies MA

Careers

MPhil and PhD degrees often follow on from a Master's programme; both the Taught and Research pathways of the MAs offered by the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) are intended to allow this type of progression, as well as standing as degrees in their own right. Outside academia, potential careers may include politics, business, commerce, teaching, public relations, or journalism.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Intern in the UNHCR Liaison Office to the OSCE, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Officer at Ministry of Education / Executive Director, Ministry of Education - Institute for Stability and Development
  • Financial Consultant, Thompsons
  • Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Employability

Graduates of this MA have used their extensive knowledge and understanding of European institutions, policies and society to obtain positions within the European Union. The high level of interdisciplinary training and research skills offered by the programme have equipped others for positions as researchers in UK and European universities, museums and non-governmental agencies. The emphasis on written and verbal communication, collation and presentation of research and analysis have provided transferable skills for the fields of accountancy, law and PR.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) at UCL is unique in offering graduate students the opportunity to investigate Europe in its entirety, from European integration and public policy to European cinema and poetry.

The central London location offers easy access to the British Library, British Museum, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, German Historical Institute, Goethe Institut, Institut Français, and other similar research and cultural centres.

Less than three hours away from Brussels and Paris, and with such a wide range of resources, this is a highly favourable location for the study of Europe.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The EU is a major influence on public policy across all its member states and in global politics more broadly. It also remains a central issue within UK politics and policy-making following the Brexit decision in June 2016. Read more

The EU is a major influence on public policy across all its member states and in global politics more broadly. It also remains a central issue within UK politics and policy-making following the Brexit decision in June 2016. Students are equipped with the knowledge, transferable skills and research experience necessary to analyse the complex challenges facing Europe's policymakers today. The programme includes a funded study trip to Brussels.

About this degree

The programme provides in-depth knowledge of the EU’s institutions, politics and policies. It covers legislative, executive, and judicial politics; introduces EU law-making and lobbying; and addresses key contemporary questions, such as Europe’s global role, democratic legitimacy, the euro crisis and the EU’s impact on member states. Students choose from a wide range of options in public policy, international politics and comparative government.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • European Union: Institutions and Politics (30)
  • Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules

Choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the other module remains available as an option):

  • Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available on the departmental website

The following are suggestions:

  • The European Union in the World (15)
  • Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management (15)
  • Making Policy Work (15)
  • Agenda Setting and Public Policy (15)
  • British Government & Politics (15)
  • Law and Regulation 1 (15)
  • International Political Economy (15)
  • The Political Economy of Development (15)
  • Parliaments, Political Parties & Policy Making (15)
  • Democratic Political Institutions (15)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
  • Globalisation (15)
  • Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching on the EU is interdisciplinary and pools the department's world-class expertise in European politics, public policy and international relations. The MSc is delivered through weekly lectures and seminars by experts, who all carry out innovative research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, essays, policy-briefs and a dissertation. Several modules include negotiation games.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: European Politics and Policy MSc

Careers

Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in European affairs in the EU's institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups and public affairs consultancies.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Parliamentary Assistant, European Parliament
  • Agribusiness Analyst, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Researcher, Market and Social Research
  • Executive Officer, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Researcher, University of Warwick

Employability

The MSc puts a premium on training students in the systematic analysis of European public policies and policy-making. Our teaching therefore combines a rigorous academic programme and a focus on independent research with training in pre-professional skills, for example through negotiation games, the preparation of policy briefs and a visit to the EU's institutions. Career events with alumni, topical workshops at UCL's European Institute, the study trip to Brussels and established links with the EU communities in Brussels and London also offer our students excellent networking opportunities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of public policy in the EU and its member states.

The department acts as a bridge between the research community and policymakers in Brussels and Britain, and the programme’s funded study trip to Brussels offers students first-hand insights into the EU’s institutions as well as networking opportunities.

Launched in 2010, UCL's European Institute has become a new hub for cross-disciplinary research and public events on Europe, for our students to attend and engage in.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Political Science

89% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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An interdisciplinary approach to the law and politics of the European Union for those who want a deeper understanding of EU law and wider government trends. Read more
An interdisciplinary approach to the law and politics of the European Union for those who want a deeper understanding of EU law and wider government trends. This genuinely inter-disciplinary programme (with the School of Politics and International Relations) provides an approach to the study of the EU which will enable you to analyse how our understanding of the nature of the European Union is shaped by our particular disciplinary perspectives. Core modules include Constitutional Law of the EU and Politics of European Governance. You will also complete a supervised dissertation and have international exchange opportunities.

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the law and politics of the european Union. It is designed for those who want a deeper understanding of EU law and wider government trends.

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmeuropeanlawandpublicaffairs/

Your studies

Core modules in this programme include EU External Relations, and the Law and Governance of the EU. Optional modules will include: EU Competition Law; Law of the Eurozone; and, Social and Economic Law of the EU. You will also complete a supervised dissertation.

On completion of your studies, you will have:
- a deep understanding and knowledge of law and governance in the European Union;
- identified legal and policy trends in EU governance;
- developed advanced legal research skills;
- increased your ability to communicate the results of research; and,
- an increased ability to identify and analyse problems from a legal perspective.

Studying abroad

The School affords its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of the Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) Graduate exchange programme with our partner Universities in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Students participating in the programme will have their dissertations jointly supervised by staff in UCD and in the institution which they are visiting. Successful completion of the semester abroad will lead to the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law.

Your future

This programme will enable you to qualify in the legal profession with the intent of specialising in European law and public affairs. It is also the ideal platform from which to pursue a career in the European public service.

Features

The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Reflecting its interdisciplinary nature, there are core modules that must be taken in both Law and Politics. The core law modules are

- Law and Governance of the EU involves identifies and analyses the nature of the rule of law, the constitutionalisation of the EU and the nature of governance in general and in the EU in particular.

- EU External Relations Law examines the legal aspects of the EU's role as a global player using Article 21 of the Treaty on European Union that provides the basis for external action by the EU.

Other Law modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:
- Social and Economic Law of the EU examines not only modern EU economic policy but also its increasingly important and controversial role in the area of social policy, and the role of the EU social partners.

- European Environmental Law traces the development of EU and international environmental law to date with particular attention being paid to current key areas of controversy in environmental law, such as climate change.

CIEL

Any student admitted to an LLM programme in the Law School also can apply on a competitive basis to spend their second semester at one of our sister Law Schools:
- University of Antwerp
- Maastricht University
- The University of Mannhein
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
- Universite de Toulouse 1 – Capitole

Students must score 6.5 in IELTS or 90 in the internet TOEFL exams in the relevant language of instruction (English, French or German). Spaces are allocated on a competitive basis. Students who are accepted onto this programme graduate with an LLM and are awarded a certificate in International and Comparative Law (CIEL).

Careers

This programme will enable you to qualify in the legal profession with the intent of specialising in European Law and Public Affairs. It also the ideal platform from which to pursue a career in European Public Service.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmeuropeanlawandpublicaffairs/

Find out how to apply here http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmeuropeanlawandpublicaffairs/apply,80080,en.html

Scholarships

The University and UCD Sutherland School of Law have a list of scholarships that are open to Irish, EU and International applicants.
For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships
International students may wish to visit: http://www.ucd.ie/international

Why you should choose UCD

In the state-of-the-art UCD Sutherland School of Law, graduate students engage in advanced study with internationally renowned specialists to develop the transformative potential of law.

The School is ranked by the authoritative QS World University Rankings as Ireland's number one law school and amongst the world's 100 leading law schools. Students benefit from the School’s strong links with university partners; businesses; NGOs; and, domestic, EU and international governments.
We place particular emphasis on the quality and breadth of our graduate programmes across Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. Our graduate degrees are available on a full-time or part-time basis, beginning in either January or September.
We also offer part-time Diploma programmes and single subject certificates with the possibility of securing CPD points and building study up to achieve diploma or masters awards.

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The programme. Our English-taught LL.M. programme in European Law is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong international dimension. Read more

The programme

Our English-taught LL.M. programme in European Law is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong international dimension. This Master's offers you a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law and public international law. During this course, you gain knowledge of both the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world. Thus, you receive a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

This programme is not just aimed at students from EU member states. All nations in the world trade and interact with the EU, which has rules and regulations that have to be complied with. Law students from all over the world will therefore benefit from this Master’s programme. You’ll obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/europeanlaw

Specialisations in the Master's in European Law

The Master's programme at Radboud University is unique in that it not only provides a thorough understanding of European law in general, but also offers further specialisation. After completing the compulsory courses you can specialise in one of four tracks:

International and European Law Advanced

This track offers a generalist approach with an emphasis on the concepts of European Union law. It gives you the opportunity to acquire an advanced understanding of the core issues of EU law. By participating in the European Law Moot Court students can practice their legal skills at a high level.

Human Rights and Migration Law

Within this track, we combine human rights and immigration law courses, two areas that are among the most important in the European Union today. LL.M. students benefit from the outstanding knowledge and experience of the Centre for Migration Law.

Business Law

This track offers you the chance to become an expert in the area of European business law. You benefit from the knowledge of the renowned Business and Law Research Centre. This centre combines academic excellence with the practical expertise of major companies and law firms.

European Law and Global Affairs

This specialisation offers a unique multidisciplinary programme combining the study of European law and political science. It focuses on the main challenges facing the EU in the 21st century, and looks at the various legal rules and policy options that may be developed in response.

Why study European Law at Radboud University?

- Many of our lecturers are also law practitioners. We can therefore not only teach our students the black letter law, but also add our own professional experiences, indicating the strengths and challenges of certain laws or legal instruments.

- You’ll study at a Dutch Law School that is rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.

- The Faculty of Law in Nijmegen was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. It has built an international reputation in the field of European law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

- The international mix of students gives the classes and project work a multicultural touch. This will give you the extra benefit of gaining multicultural communication skills as well as a multitude of legal and cultural perspectives in this field. By the time you receive your Master's diploma, you’ll have gained excellent skills to work in the Netherlands or in any other country.

- You’ll have the option of doing an internship, although this will require a bit more work. However, an internship will deepen you knowledge of academic skills and will help you start building a network for your future career.

Quality label

This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Change perspective

At Radboud University you will not only learn what the law entails, but also why it has come to be this way. And if a different approach might be possible. In this way you will come to a profound understanding of the law. A theoretic study is combined with practical insights to provide a good mix. Many teachers still practice law in one form or another and enrich their lectures with real-life cases. This will broaden your horizon and enhance your perspective as a lawyer.



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Renowned as a true leader in postgraduate study. Our students play a key role in our success through direct participation in debates and the exchange of ideas among the academic community. Read more

Renowned as a true leader in postgraduate study. Our students play a key role in our success through direct participation in debates and the exchange of ideas among the academic community. Our Centre for European Law is a fulcrum for applied learning, attracting notable experts and well respected academics and visiting lecturers. Through studying this LLM you will see first-hand how European and EU law takes shape.

Key benefits

A comprehensive and specialised pathway, covering more or less all significant areas of EU law, with a long tradition of teaching excellence.

Strong academic base; a highly reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and distinguished professionals who all contribute to the extensive module offering as part of this pathway.

Linked to the Centre of European Law at King's, whose past directors include Professor A G Chloros, a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Sir Francis Jacobs, who is now a professor at King's.

Generous scholarship offerings for our LLM programme ranging from:

  • The Yeoh Tiong Lay Scholarship Programme
  • The Bosco Tso and Emily Ng Scholarship Programme
  • Nigerian Law Scholars Fund
  • Norman Spink Scholarship Fund
  • King's Master's Support Scheme

Description

European law and EU law in particular are now more relevant than ever. At King's you will be studying for an LLM in European Law at one of the most exciting times in EU history. Our faculty is at the cutting-edge of current development while benefitting from a long-standing tradition of expertise in the field. All of which gives our students the most rounded view of European Law possible.

At King's you will not only be taught in a range of areas of EU law, you will also be part of an EU law community, built around the Centre of European Law, which was set up as far back as 1975. During your time here you will meet excellent teachers and fellow students but also European judges and Advocates General, EU officials, leading barristers, and many others with a keen interest in EU law.

The King's LLM in European Law is unrivalled. Our alumni have gone on to work for some of the most prestigious European institutions and legal firms. We are passionate about giving our students access to the best opportunities. We are passionate about Europe. And above all we are passionate about European law.

Alongside our eminent team of King's academics teaching on the pathway, such as Professors Andrea Biondi and Alexander Türk, a strong team of visiting professors and practitioners also contribute to the European Law community.

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience.

Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. 

Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking here

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

* Many of the modules listed in the document are available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Career destinations

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave. Positions range from:

  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission and UN
  • Commercial roles as investment bank analysts
  • Tax or public affairs advisers
  • Careers in the legal profession
  • Accountancy positions
  • Management consultancy
  • Human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies
  • Academia.

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Master's specialisation in European Law and Global Affairs. This specialisation offers a unique multidisciplinary programme combining the study of European law and political science. Read more

Master's specialisation in European Law and Global Affairs

This specialisation offers a unique multidisciplinary programme combining the study of European law and political science. It focuses on the main challenges facing the EU in the 21st century, and looks at the various legal rules and policy options that may be developed in response.

See the website: http://www.ru.nl/education/masters/european-law-european-law-global-affairs/

Why study Business Law at Radboud University?

- You’ll gain both a broad knowledge of the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world as well as specialised knowledge in the field of Business Law.

- You’ll study at a Dutch Law School that was rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.

- The Faculty of Law in Nijmegen was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. It has built an international reputation in the field of European law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

- You’ll work together with the prestigious Business & Law Research Centre. This centre combines academic excellence with the practical expertise of major companies and law firms. The centre has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

- You’ll be taught in a stimulating, collegiate setting with small groups by internationally recognised professors of law, all specialists in their specific fields.

- The international mix of students gives the classes and project work a multicultural touch. This will give you the extra benefit of gaining multicultural communication skills as well as a multitude of cultural perspectives in this field. By the time you receive your Master's diploma, you’ll have gained excellent skills to work in the Netherlands or in any other country.

- This programme is not just geared at students from EU countries. All nations in the world trade with the EU which has rules and regulations that have to be complied with. Law students from all over the world will therefore benefit from this Master’s specialisation.

Career prospects

Students who have successfully completed this specialisation will be able to pursue a variety of job opportunities at the national or the international level. They may for example find work as policy advisor, consultant or lobbyist in the public sector, governmental agencies or other non-governmental organisations, or continue their career in academia.

Our approach to this field

At Radboud University, we strive for clear practical relevance of academic theory.

- All of our lecturers are also in some form law practitioners. We can therefore not only teach our students the black letter law, but also add our own professional experiences, indicating the strengths and challenges of certain laws or legal instruments.

- Guest speakers are regularly invited to share their experiences, enlightening students with real-world scenarios and providing tips about how to deal with cases that don’t follow the norm.

- In our research we are engaged in collaborative ventures with leading law firms, banks and multinational companies. Therefore, we are informed of the issues that practitioners deal with in their regular work. We respond to their questions by developing research that is relevant for the legal and business industry.

- In the Master’s programme in European Law we focus on the law as it stands, meeting the professional responsibility by justifying decisions in legal terms, by referencing legal rules, principles, and precedent. However, we still continue formulating both criticism and alternatives to the law as it stands.



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Southern Europe is a region that finds itself at the cutting edge of key global challenges. South European Studies offers the stimulating experience of studying and training in three different European countries in the region and the opportunity to acquire advanced language, research and professional skills. Read more

Southern Europe is a region that finds itself at the cutting edge of key global challenges. South European Studies offers the stimulating experience of studying and training in three different European countries in the region and the opportunity to acquire advanced language, research and professional skills.

Why This Programme

  • The programme is unique in examining Southern Europe as a distinct region with its own identity and global role. Themes include democracy and protest, migration, social and economic change, nationalism, European integration and the new trade and security challenges that are reshaping the region.
  • Multiple mobilities allow for a truly international learning experience. Immersion into South European society and culture, experience of diverse educational systems, and needs-based language training in all major South European languages offer in depth knowledge of the region.
  • Research and professional tracks are available for maximum choice in curriculum building. The research track leads to a dissertation while the professional track leads to a substantial work placement and a professional project. 
  • Consortium partners include University of Glasgow, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, LUISS Guido Carli Rome and Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • An innovative summer school offering dissertation training will be held annually over 10 days in July in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Guest lectures and seminars are offered by scholars and policy practitioners who are leading experts in their field.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods. In semester 1 you gain an overview of the subject in Glasgow, followed by a choice of mobility partner in semester 2 (Athens or Madrid). Here you will follow a geographical pathway that situates the region in its broader neighbourhood context. Semester 2 also includes an online research and training course. A summer school featuring dissertation/project workshops and meetings with the supervisory teams will be held at the end of semester 2 in Lisbon.

In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-en-Provence. You will spend semester 4 with the same semester 3 mobility partner researching and writing your dissertation or professional project under the guidance of a supervisory team made up of members of staff from each of your chosen mobility partners. If on the professional track you will also undertake a substantial work placement in S4. Please note semesters 3 and 4 cannot be spent with the same partner as semester 2.

Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major South European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow – Overview

  • Research design
  • Politics and society in Southern Europe
  • Southern Europe in international affairs.

Year 1 – semester 2

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece and the Balkans

  • Contemporary Turkey: Domestic and foreign policy
  • International law and peaceful settlement of disputes in Southeast Europe
  • Nationalism in South Eastern Europe. 

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Spain and the Arab world

  • Elections and electoral behaviour
  • Management and public administration
  • Political Islam in the Magreb and Mashreq 
  • Processes of democratic transition in the Arab World
  • Research seminar.

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences (online)

Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa – Dissertation workshops (summer school)

Year 2 – semester 3

Research track

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change

  • European Union enlargement to Southeast Europe
  • Greek politics: Political economy, crisis and change
  • Interconnected histories: The Balkans and the Black Sea from the 18th to the 20th century.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Nationalism

  • Public policy analysis
  • Representation and political participation
  • Seminar in comparative politics
  • Theories of nationalism.

Aix-Marseille Université – Borders

  • Borders, territory and conflict in Euro-Mediterranean space
  • Euro-Mediterranean immigration policies
  • Nationalism, religion and identity in the Balkans
  • Patrimony, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean
  • Political transitions in Southern Europe
  • Writings and representations of the Mediterranean Sea

LUISS Guido Carli –Democratisation

  • Business and economics in the Mediterranean area
  • European institutions
  • European macroeconomics
  • European politics in the 20th century
  • History of South European enlargements
  • Security and migration in the Mediterranean.

Professional track

Aix-Marseille Université

  • Mediterranean economies
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the traineeship
  • Patrimony, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean
  • Politics, governance and institutional actors in the Euro-Mediterranean framework
  • Professional seminars
  • Project and team management.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  • same as research track

Year 2 – semester 4

Research track

Athens/Madrid/Aix-en-Provence/Rome – Dissertation

Professional track

Aix-Marseille Université

  • Internship report
  • Methodology for the applied research project
  • Professional project.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  • Contemporary political theory
  • Internship/Project
  • Research seminar.

*Additonal courses available in English and Spanish.

Career Prospects

Career prospects include the civil service, diplomacy, regional organisations such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Union, international organisations such as NATO and the United Nations, journalism, public opinion and market research, non-governmental organisations and charities, teaching, academic research, business, tourism and international trade.



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Degree. Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science – orientation towards International and European Relations. Read more

Degree: Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science – orientation towards International and European Relations

Teaching language: English

This programme puts issues related to European relations within a context of international society and global governance. It is intended for those who have a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one term:

  • International relations
  • European relations
  • International governance/Guided internship
  • Master’s thesis.

The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. During the third term, students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations.

By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:

  • Understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments
  • Acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance
  • Independently design a research question, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations.

The programme staff are engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, European politics, regional development, political economy, e-governance, migration and diaspora studies, policy analysis and political theory.



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Master commercial law in the European context through investigating business relations and transactions within the European Union. Read more
Master commercial law in the European context through investigating business relations and transactions within the European Union.

Our LLM European Union Commercial Law allows you to acquire a specialist’s knowledge and understanding of the law of the EU. You develop critical, analytical and research skills, ensuring you are capable of working in the field of EU law as a lawyer, regulator, legal adviser or researcher with government or international and business organisations (including the EU administration).

You explore topics including:
-Corporate governance within the EU
-European competition law
-EU rules on employment
-The EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights
-Legal analysis and writing

At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University rankings (2015).

Our law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Our expert staff

Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.

Key staff for this course include Professor Steve Peers, who works on EU Constitutional and Administrative Law, Justice and Home Affairs, External Relations, Human Rights, Internal Market and Social Law and runs a popular blog on EU law analysis. Dr Marios Koutsias researches company law, corporate governance, European Union law (with a special emphasis on the Internal Market), privacy and Data Protection, globalisation.

This community, combined with opportunities to study abroad during your time with us, ensures you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.

Specialist facilities

-Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients
-Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic
-Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic
-Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills, particularly important if you hope to become a barrister
-Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition (sponsored by Birkett Long Solicitors)
-Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research
-Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA)
-Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society
-Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms

Your future

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

During the year, we hold a careers session for our students in which we reflect upon our own careers and how they have been built as well as those from former students. We are always available to discuss career options and if you are interested in a particular area of the law, we can link you up with the relevant alumni to offer advice.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation : LLM European Union Law
-Foundation Essay for Europen Union Commercial Law
-The Legal Order of the European Union
-European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
-Legal Research and the English Legal System (optional)
-Approaches to Legal Theory (optional)
-International Trade Finance Law (optional)
-International Sale of Goods (optional)
-Carriage of Goods By Sea (optional)
-International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (optional)
-Public International Trade Law (optional)
-Legal Aspects of Electronic Commercial Transactions (optional)
-Foundation Essay for International Trade Law (optional)
-Marine Insurance I (optional)
-Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional)
-International Financial Law (optional)
-Cybercrime
-Data Protection (optional)
-Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
-EU Private International Law (optional)
-The Economics of the European Union (optional)
-The Enlargement of the European Union (optional)
-EU Company Law (optional)
-International Commercial and Business Law: Models, Principles and Tools (optional)
-International Trade, Investment and Human Rights.
-Business and Human Rights
-Work-Based Project
-Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (optional)

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