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Gain an understanding of the ways policy is made within Europe. Associated with the Sussex European Institute, our MA focuses on the political context to policy-making in Europe covering national and EU-level processes as well as the interaction between them.

Our course makes use of both cutting-edge research and the insights of those involved in making and influencing policy.

You’ll gain a solid grounding in policy and academic debates as well as a methodological tool-kit, allowing you to specialise in areas such as:
-Economic and political integration in the EU
-Foreign policy
-Energy and environmental policy
-Political parties

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options across the spring and autumn terms. In the summer, you work on your dissertation. Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, term papers and unseen examinations. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Specialist facilities

Politics at Sussex is based in the state-of-the-art Freeman Centre, which offers outstanding study and computing facilities for MA, MPhil and PhD students, who are fully integrated with academic staff.

To complement the international orientation of our degrees, the excellent Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides taught modules and self-study facilities for a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European institutions, economics and politics are particularly strong.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Our MA is for you if you:
-Plan to go on to do further research
-Seek employment in government
-Wish to start a career in journalism or teaching
-Are employed in the private sector and have to deal with the European context

Our graduates have gone on to careers in a wide variety of fields, which in recent years have included:
-Think-tanks and foundations government
-NGOs and voluntary associations
-International organisations

Visit the European Governance and Policy - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!





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