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MA in European Political and Administrative Studies (MEPA)

Course content

This one-year programme gives students a firm grounding in EU institutions and policies. Graduates often pursue careers in European institutions, national administrations, non-governmental organisations, and in the private sector.

Why choose Politics and Administration?

- Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the EU
- Take courses in a wide range of EU policies, both internal and external
- Study in English and French, offering greater career opportunities
- Develop important analytic skills in writing, negotiation, and public speaking
- Train with management consultants on public sector reform
- Benefit from the Department's extensive alumni network and the Career Perspectives: Life after the College programme
- Read the testimonials and get the facts directly from our current students and alumni!

Our faculty is world-renown, with academics from top universities and research institutions across Europe and practitioners from Brussels. This mix gives students a valuable perspective, especially for those planning on working for the EU institutions (and affiliated activities).

In addition to the formal academic programme, the Department offers the chance to:

- participate in research activities
- go on a study trip to visit EU institutions in Strasbourg and Luxembourg
- engage in extracurricular academic activities, like compact seminars, guest lectures, and conferences

Prominent graduates of the Department include:

Helle THORNING-SCHMIDT, former Prime Minister, Denmark
Alexander STUBB, former Prime Minister, Finland
Nicholas CLEGG, Leader of the UK Liberal Democratic Party
Josef JOFFE, Editor and Publisher of Die Zeit, a leading German newspaper
Helen WALLACE, Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Per WIMMER, Owner of Wimmer Financial

Academic Programme

This one-year programme gives students a solid foundation in:
- the institutions and workings of the EU
- the relationship between the EU and national and regional organisations
- the internal policies of the EU
- the role of the EU internationally

Many graduates go on to work for European and national institutions as well as in the private sector.

An introductory course is available for students coming without a background in politics or European studies. It runs for two weeks prior to the beginning of the academic year.

The first semester a set of compulsory courses offers students a solid background on the political, economic, and legal workings of the EU.

During the second semester some of the compulsory courses continue. In addition, the programme allows students to specialise in areas of interest through optional courses, a research seminar, and workshops on professional development.

Students also select one course from the European General Studies programme each semester.

When not studying, students can select from a range of Extra-Curricular Academic Activities. The Department also organises a study trip, workshops and conferences to complement the academic programme.

The study programmes are revised annually to ensure continuing excellence and dynamism.





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