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Multilevel Governance & International Relations (Integrated Professional Training) - Joint MA


Course Description

This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, taking a number of core and optional modules. They then spend semester two at Sciences Po, Rennes, where they study a further suite of core modules through the medium of French language, before moving on to undertake a related internship, and completing a final “Rapport de Stage”.

This is a demanding programme, which challenges students to engage fully with study opportunities in both learning institutions, but it is a rewarding experience, developing life-long skills and opening up new professional opportunities to its graduates.

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:
-International Relations Theory
-Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance

Elective modules:
-Research Methods
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance
-Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism
-Religion and Politics
-Security and Defence in Europe
-International Political Communication
-International Ethics and Literature
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The US and Europe
-International Security
-Comparative and International Political Economy

Learning, teaching & 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 study visits and 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

Visit the Multilevel Governance & International Relations (Integrated Professional Training) - Joint MA page on the Aston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marine Le Cam

After four years of majoring in politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in France, I wanted to further my education on the other side of the Channel. I had already had my first taste of the British educational system after spending a year at Portsmouth University as an Erasmus student from 2010 to 2011. I really enjoyed the small class sizes, the international atmosphere and the one-on-one interaction with professors.

As a master’s student, I specialised in International Relations and European policies. As the last step towards completing my degree, I was looking for an MA that offered a wide range of modules covering different levels of governance and their intricate connections. When I heard about the Multilevel Governance MA programme, I felt like it was the perfect fit. I was particularly attracted to its Anglo-French dimension and was impressed by Aston's reputation with regards to European studies and International Relations.

I feel privileged to be part of the first graduating class. I found it a pleasant and exciting experience to be able to start the year at Aston, continue in Rennes and then complete an internship at a Brussels-based think tank. All that within the span of a year! The approach in Birmingham was rather theoretical whereas in Rennes everything was more practical-based as we prepared on how best to integrate ourselves into working life. For instance, we had the opportunity to experience what life would be like working for any of the European institutions during a visit to Brussels in January.

As a master's student, professors treat you as young professionals, which was very encouraging for me. I was amazed by the quality and the variety of the events organized by both teachers and speakers alike, all of whom were eager to share their experience and knowledge with us. In the end, I felt truly inspired by all of my classmates and their extremely diverse cultural backgrounds.

The MA in Multilevel Governance has undoubtedly helped me to gain confidence in working in a professional environment. Interviewers are very often impressed by my ability to adapt to changing conditions and to different teaching cultures, skills which I credit directly to this programme.

I may not know what the future holds for me, but I do know that applying to this programme at Aston had turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.


(Scholarship)

Scholarships for all MSc/MA students - 3 Awards

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £5,000 scholarships towards tuition fees in the 2015/16 academic year.If you wish to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following: "How will the LSS MA/MSc Scholarship enhance your career prospects and help you achieve your academic and professional goals? How would you benefit from a scholarship and what difference would it make to you?"

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available to all students (full-time, part-time, on campus and distance learning) enrolling on LSS MA/ MSc programmes in 2015/16.

Application Procedure

Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA/MSc programme at LSS commencing at Aston University in October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/


(Scholarship)

CELCA Scholarship: For MA students with native speaker competence in English - 3 Awards

The exact nature of this work will be decided at the beginning of the programme but may include providing support to international Postgraduate and International Year Abroad students, the IELTS team, deliver speaking classes for our IYA (International Year Abroad) and KYA (Kansai Year Abroad) students, help conference and workshop organisers, academic visitors or students with special needs. The work will often take place at different times every week - depending on the projects you support.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3000

Eligibility

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £3000 bursaries towards the cost of the MA tuition fees for students with native speaker competence in English. In return, the students will complete up to six hours a week pastoral work for the School.

Application Procedure

If you wish to be considered for the bursary, you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following:What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses? How would you be able to support international students on programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences?Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA programme (taught on-campus) at LSS commencing at Aston University October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/



Entry Requirements

2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent). Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

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