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Brussels is the centre of European decision making. It is estimated that 60% of national legislation of EU member states originates, in some form, in Brussels. Anyone wanting to enter a career in civil service, either at the EU level or in a national government in Europe, must gain a strategic understanding of the scope, content, decision-cycle and implementation of policy in Europe.
In a quickly changing world, the European Union is a key actor. As the largest economy, it is the first trading partner for many countries around the world. But by developing its own foreign and defence policy, it equally seeks to become a crucial diplomatic player.
This MA programme responds to an increasing need to study the EU’s external relations at an advanced level. The EU is studied in its different
A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website
Daniel was awarded an LLM in International Law with International Relations with Distinction and is now working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) investigating human rights violations committed whilst Kosovo was under UN administration. Before that he worked in the Special Prosecutors Office at EULEX; the EU Rule of Law Mission.
“Almost certainly. My main focus of my studies was in International Law. As a consequence this assisted me greatly in obtaining my first position as legal officer in the War Crimes unit of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My knowledge gained in the International Criminal Law course enabled me to understand the legal context by which I investigated war crimes, interviewed witnesses and then finally drafted the indictment.”
“My second role as Legal Expert in the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo dealt with Organized and Financial Crime was also assisted by my studies at BSIS. This time because I was able to demonstrate a wider knowledge of International Law within the context of the fight against organised crime.”
“There are a number of reasons why such a school offers an excellent place to develop a sound academic knowledge which can be later used in gaining excellent professional experience:
1.The teaching staff were great. They were excellent lecturers and advisors and certainly provided me with knowledge that guided me in my future employment;
2.The resources available both at the school and in the nearby university proved excellent tools for my studies and my skills in academic research were significantly enhanced by the opportunity it afforded me.
3.The school, being in Brussels, allowed me to interact with many international and regional organizations. Having an understanding of how they worked and in many instances didn't work proved to be immensely rewarding to my career development.”
“Employers often look for candidates that can demonstrate excellent academic credentials together with experience of working in a particular field. No more so than in international employment. Studying in Brussels allows for the chance to obtain work experience in a chosen field and combine this with studying. BSIS provides this opportunity. Not in that it will give you employment just that its excellent academic work and its links to International Organizations through its guest speaker program allows for these connections to be made and opportunities to be forged.”
The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.
These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement.
Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,
MA in International Relations,
Successful candidates will be registered at the University of Kent as full time students on taught programmes and will receive payment to cover 50% of their tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.
The Scholarships Board is looking for academic excellence as well as academic potential. If it helps, we invite candidates to imagine that they are standing in front of the members of the Scholarships Board and have one chance to tell them about themselves and why they would like to receive a scholarship.
Funding for doctoral research scholarships is available for one year in the first instance, extended to a maximum of three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, based on satisfactory progress. Successful candidates will be registered as students on one of the Brussels PhD programmes of the University of Kent and will receive either 100% or 50% tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). All candidates will be subject to an annual review of progress and performance and will be expected to perform at a satisfactory level to ensure renewal of their award.
Successful applicants will pursue a thesis topic in an area of research strength of the school. We particularly welcome research proposals in European Public Policy, International Relations, International Conflict and Security, International Political Economy, International and Economic Law, Migration, International Development and Political Strategy and Communication. Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain a relevant Master’s degree at merit or distinction level. These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.
Each year we offer a number of scholarships to students on the postgraduate taught (MA/LLM) programmes.
Throughout the year we offer a number of scholarships to students reading for a doctorate at the Brussels School of International Studies. We do not normally make a call for applications but instead offer them directly to outstanding candidates.
Candidates should send a letter/email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming their wish to be considered for a scholarship and explaining why they believe that they should be awarded one. Candidates should ensure that their application number is mentioned on their letter/email and indicate 'scholarships' in the subject title. Only successful recipients will be notified and this will normally take place within one week of the application deadline.
Candidates are invited to make an application to study for a PhD by following the instructions as detailed on this webpage. This application should be followed by a research proposal, CV, covering letter and two academic references.
The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University.
The Scholarship is awarded to 2016 University of Kent Graduates who earn a Batchelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.
£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees
- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent.
- This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016.
- Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.
- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.
- MArch students are not eligible for this scholarship.
There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration.
This scholarship covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year and is open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.
There is one Templeman Scholarship available each year.
Full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year
- Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.
- Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.
- Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.
- Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.
Applications should be made via your KentVision portal at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADTEMPLE02 . You will be asked to upload a covering letter '"Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".