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Course content

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

Course Outline

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.

Core Modules

  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science
  • Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis
  • The EU as a Global Actor

Optional Modules

  • International Relations Theory
  • The EU: A Web of Institutions
  • Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
  • Europe’s Regions and their Governance
  • Europe and East-Asia
  • Religion and Politics
  • Corruption & Crime - Terror Nexus: Defense
  • International Political Communication
  • Rogue States
  • The Governance of Global Problems
  • Ethics, Literature and International Relations
  • International Security
  • International Political Economy
  • EU Law and Policy-Making
  • Rethinking European Integration
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying in the European Context
  • Corruption & Crime - Terror Nexus: Internal Security
  • Post-Migration Europe
  • Debt, Rules, and Politics in the Eurozone
  • Transforming African Politics
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • EU Policy Evaluation
  • Freedom versus Security? Justice and Home Affairs in Europe
  • Changing China: People’s Republic in the 21st Century
  • Language Options

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,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.

Facilities & equipment

You will have access to:

  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals. The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

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

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