An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, which offers students an internationally-oriented understanding of European and international affairs. Students spend the second semester of Year 2 of this programme undertaking an EU-focused internship.
Subject guide & modules
The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change. Core modules: -The European Union – A Web of Institutions -The EU as a Global Actor -Dissertation module
Elective modules: -Research Methods -Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context -Europe’s Regions and their Governance -Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism -Religion and Politics -Security and Defence in Europe -International Political Communication -International Ethics and Literature -Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The US and Europe -International Security -Comparative and International Political Economy -EU Law and Policy-Making
Learning, teaching & assessment
You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.
All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.
Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.
All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include: -Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.) -Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks -Careers in government administration -Further postgraduate research at PhD level -Journalism -International marketing or business