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Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

Sample Module Options

The following modules are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules
-Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003)
-The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020)
-Dissertation (LRM005)

Choice of options totalling 60 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave.
-International Relations Theory (LPM006)
-The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007)
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011)
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013)
-Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014)
-Religion and Politics (LPM015)
-Partisan Politics in Europe (LPM019)
-Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022)
-International Political Communication (LPM023)
-Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026)
-International Ethics and Literature (LPM027)
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029)*
-International Security (LPM034)
-Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036)
-EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037)
-Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038)
-Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039)
-Rethinking European Integration (LPM040)
-International Political Thought (LPM016)
-20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme

Learning, teaching and 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.

Career prospects

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
-International marketing or business

Visit the European Union and International Relations - MA page on the Aston University website for more details!






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