Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organisations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) programme is your foot in the door.
This programme combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand.
This one-year, postgraduate programme has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European countries on the other. In promoting comparative approaches, MEPP not only seeks to strengthen cognitive capacities and analytical skills, but also to foster an open-minded attitude to diversity.
Interactive courses in small groups
Experience our excellent research-based education in a small and international student group, providing you all the opportunities for a rich learning experience. A specific focus is placed on the use of case studies; the emphasis is placed on how problems can be solved. Moreover, each class involves a considerable amount of self-study and assignments that are meant to help you assimilate the information presented quickly and effectively. Added value is created by giving attention to the practical challenges of professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions.
An explicit European Policy and Public Administration programme
A strong core of compulsory courses acquaints you with the comparative study of public policies, administration and management in different member states and on the political dynamics of European integration itself. The rich variety of electives enables you to explore particular interests. You will gain necessary research skills, culminating in a dissertation.
The MEPP programme is part of the wider European Master of Public Administration Network (EMPA). The following institutions are full partners of the MEPP programme:
MEPP students are offered the opportunity to continue the second semester of their study programme at one of the EMPA institutions listed above. They receive a travel reimbursement and are exempted from paying any additional registration fees. Successful students will be awarded an EMPA certificate, signed by both the home university and the partner institution. More information on the procedure for participation in the EMPA exchange programme can be found on our website.
To embark on the MEPP programme, you should have a solid background in and knowledge of the institutional developments and political processes in your home country, as well as those at the international and/or European level. In addition, you should show a genuine interest in comparative analysis and in the European integration process. We expect you to be open to diversity in the European context and to have excellent communicative skills in view of group work and academic writing of publications and reports.
The programme aims at developing students with the following profile:
This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and the private sector. The MEPP programme can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in political science and public administration.
The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels, offers an outstanding research-focused environment in the heart of Europe. Located close to the main EU institutions, and in proximity to international organisations and law firms, there are excellent networking and internship opportunities. The lES boasts excellent teaching facilities and a modern working space, right next to the amenities of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Etterbeek campus.
The MSc European Integration and Development (EuroMaster) is an advanced Master, interdisciplinary programme offered by the Institute for European Studies (IES) in cooperation with the faculty of Economic, Political and Social Sciences and the Solvay Business School.
The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions. The Programme operates as a ‘Master after Master’, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.
The one year 60 ECTS Advanced Master's programme has two 'specialisation streams':
European Political and Social Integration (EPSI)
Economic Integration (EI)
It offers students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. The Master is designed to provide graduate students of different backgrounds with an expert knowledge on European legislation, European institutions and the economic integration process.
Furthermore, those with professional backgrounds and experience in national administrations, European institutions, etc. will find the programme challenging and rewarding. A multidisciplinary approach ensures insight from economics, law, political sciences, and sociology. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted in each of the two specialisations in order to assure high quality interactive teaching.
Institutional and Political Aspects of the European Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
Theory of European Economic Integration (first semester, 6 credits)
The Rule of Law in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)
The EU and the Stakeholders of the Economy (first semester, 6 credits)
Research Methods (first & second semester, 3 credits)
'Economic Integration' Stream:
Competition Policy and State Aids (second semester, 6 credits)
Regional Development (second semester, 6 credits)
European Monetary Policy (first semester, 6 credits)
'European Politics and Social Integration' stream:
Cultures in Europe (first semester, 6 credits)
EU Foreign Policy (second semester, 6 credits)
Civil Society Representation and Diversity in the EU (second semester, 6 credits)
(first & second semester, 15 credits)
In order to allow students to combine this Master programme with their other professional activities, classes are organised in the evenings. The EuroMaster can be followed on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis.
The faculty members of the EuroMaster are all experienced teachers with extensive academic credentials (e.g. PhD, publications and research activities). Several faculty members are high level EU officials and add a strong practitioners’ perspective to our programme.
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible, as the selection will be closed once the full quota of maximum 40 qualifying candidates is reached.
The programme offers a limited number of scholarships that take the form of a reduced tuition fee. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Visit our website for details on how to apply.
Our students are offered personalised coaching and career advice at the VUB Career Centre. Clients of the VUB Career Centre include the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Agencies and consultancies. In the past decade, the EuroMaster has proved invaluable for preparing a host of students for a career in the EU institutions and international organisations. Many EuroMaster graduates now work in the European institutions and in international organisations such as NATO, the OECD, and NGOs.
The Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) aims to enhance the multidisciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills of students and professionals involved in or interested in advisory, policy or educational assignments in the international and development sectors. Rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology, the programme draws on various disciplines and fields of study and deploys a wealth of relevant perspectives. Its approach builds on current insights into the complex dynamics of on-going economic and informational globalisation and the development of multiple modernities, inter alia.
Following multi-sited research conducted at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) and the Interculturalism, Migration and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC), the programme counters the mainstream Western perspective and stimulates an integrated approach to development issues. Taking this into account, the programme does not offer its students a practical toolkit, but rather tends to question whether available tools are suitable and applicable in any given context.
Having learned to relate domain-specific knowledge within the evolving international debates, our graduates go on to a large variety of jobs in ngo’s, international organisations, development cooperation, education, social and medical services, advisory organisations, international relations, enterprises, and research.
During the programme, students have the opportunity to carry out an internship and acquire international experience. The internship can be included in the curriculum provided that it covers at least 6 weeks and starts after classes have finished (end of June). Students taking up the internship can only complete the CADES programme after 1 and a half years.
Ideal prospective students have an interest in advocacy, policy or educational assignments in the international and/or intercultural cooperation context. They are interested in anthropological and cultural-specific views on sustainable development and opt for an interdisciplinary academic preparation towards a better understanding of development paradigms.
The aim of the programme is to increase the student's interdisciplinary and intercultural expertise with a view to fulfilling advisory, policy-making and educational functions within international and/or intercultural development and cooperation. This is achieved by providing them with conceptual and practical experience in the processes of information transmission, international cooperation, globalization and cultural assertiveness. The programme places the accent on anthropology, but is relevant to various academic disciplines.
By the end of the programme, the student will have acquired:
CADES offers students a broad international and interdisciplinary background with which to confront developmental issues from an anthropological perspective. Graduates find employment in:
The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year programme combining the strengths of two internationally renowned institutions. Successful graduates will receive a Master of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University, and an Advanced Master certificate from ULB-Solvay Brussels School.
This unique joint degree from Georgetown University and the ULB-Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management offers:
- An international experience at the heart of global policy-making decision powers, with full immersion in both Europe (Brussels) and the U.S. (Washington D.C.);
- A combination of frontier training in formal and quantitative political economy, with a strong emphasis on concrete policy cases;
Academics and practitioners who are leading specialists in their field;
- On-site meetings to learn how to navigate through international institutions and policies, such as at the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the U.S. Federal Reserve;
- Opportunity to join the wide and active alumni networks of Georgetown and Solvay.
The objective of the program is to prepare the next generation of economists to rigorously analyze both the economics and the politics behind the key policy questions of the 21st century.
The focus on political economy reflects the view that evaluating and addressing global and local economic challenges also requires an understanding of the institutions and political settings in which such challenges arise.
The program aims at providing students with a balanced and attractive mix of solid theoretical knowledge and exposure to hands-on practice through the inclusion of both faculty and experts in the respective fields.
The courses in Brussels and in Washington D.C., two crucial centers of global decision-making, will expose:
- The specificities and differences between the approaches taken on each continent;
- Their impact at global level and in various geopolitically crucial regions in the world;
- The complexity of their relationships with other significant actors within the global governance framework.
> Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
> EU students: July 15th 2018
eGovernance and the digitalization of the public sector are most likely one of the most important reform trends for the future public sector. That’s why the public sector of the future needs experts who combine knowledge in public administration and public management on the one hand, and information systems and eGovernance on the other hand. The Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (PIONEER) is a new and unique programme delivering those experts.
Experience our excellent research-based education in an international student group, providing you all the opportunities for a rich learning experience. A specific focus is placed on the use of case studies; the emphasis is placed on how new problems in the field of public administration and public policy can be solved through the use of (technological) innovations. Moreover, specific courses are built to help you increase your international experience and interdisciplinary expertise. Added value is created by giving attention to the practical challenges of professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions.
The main objective of the PIONEER programme is to provide students with specialised competencies about public sector innovation and the role of ICT and technological evolutions in the innovation process. This is a joint master programme between 3 universities in Europe aimed at both addressing state-of-the art expertise in Public Administration, Information Systems and eGovernance and building bridges between these fields.
Each university will offer courses with a total workload of 30 ECTS. Students start in the first semester at the KU Leuven with courses on Public Administration and Management, a general introduction in the use of information systems in the public sector and an introduction into eGovernance practices.
In the second semester students will move to the University of Münster where they gain insights into the use of ICT in relevant business processes, ICT projects, new approaches of service delivery and the possibilities of ICT for governance purposes.
In the third semester, students move to Tallinn University of Technology to gain in-depth knowledge on the potential benefits, risks, factors of failure/success of eGovernance, the role of eGovernance towards society and trends in public sector innovation. By this semester students will have received enough expertise on Public Administration and Information Systems to reflect from both fields, in an integrated way, on eGovernance and the use of ICT for public sector innovation.
In the fourth semester the students will concentrate on their master thesis (30 ECTS). The master thesis can have two tracks: students can choose to do an internship in a professional organization being an integral part of their master thesis, or they can conduct research at a research institute. All courses are obligatory.
If your answers to the above questions are YES, then the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (PIONEER) is the right type of programme for you!
This intensive 2-year programme is an excellent opportunity to build expertise that is of increasing interest for many organisations. Our graduates have the opportunity to work in a variety of public organisations, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions. Graduates can also find careers in non-governmental organisations, consultancy companies and the private sector. The programme can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in public administration or information systems.
Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2018.
Directed by Professor Jamie Shea (NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges), this unique one-year Master’s programme (possibility of part-time modus of evening classes -two-year-) provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies.
Designed, led and taught by a transnational network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, this programme enables students interested in an international career in government, international organisations, think tanks or NGOs to gain unique theoretical foundations, practical skill-sets and high-level contacts.
With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, the US and around the globe, the programme offers students a truly global and transatlantic exchange between theory and practice. Major scholars, think tanks, founders of the discipline of peace studies and senior strategists in security studies (including NATO specialists, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium and the Egmont Institute) are brought together in the partnership circle, advisory board and faculty of this programme to allow for a critical and balanced exchange between the perspectives. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract the insights, advantages and limitations of these perspectives and approaches to global peace, security and strategy.
*Dates are subject to change
Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Diplomacy and Global Governance in Fall 2018.
This unique one-year Master’s programme (possibility of part-time modus of evening classes -two-year-) provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. Both diplomacy and global governance are important institutions of the international order; but they are also the institutions undergoing permanent processes of change in the modern and at times turbulent world.
No institution has undergone greater change in both our theoretical understanding of it and the nature of its day-to-day practice in the last several decades than diplomacy. No process has become more important than our ability, or often lack of it, to engage on transnational policy making by international collective action problem solving while at the same time becoming so highly contested and politicised.
We face a permanent challenge to govern ourselves beyond the territory of the nation state, and hence face the importance of understanding the expectations and limits of global governance and diplomatic skills.
The degree is designed and taught by a network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from international organisations, and provides both theoretical foundations and practical skill-sets for students interested in international careers in diplomacy, government, international organisations, think tanks and NGOs.
With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, US and Asia, the programme can offer students a truly global exchange between theory and practice.
By deliberately bringing together key practitioners with scholars from these fields, graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract insights and advantages of the various perspectives and approaches at this turning point in the history of diplomacy and global governance.
As part of this MA programme, students will have the opportunity to partake in a tailor-made internship with one of our high-profile internship partners where they are involved in our partners’ core activities from day one onwards. The programme has a wide range of agreements with international organisations to offer internships during the summer after the completion of the major course work, allowing students to focus full-time on their internship in addition to writing their thesis.
*Dates are subject to change
*Dates are subject to change