Spend two years studying at leading research centres on contemporary Europe and international relations.
Why choose this course?
- Develop skills in critical analysis of contemporary European integration, in both English and French language
- Active membership of the Aston Centre for Europe (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-centres/aston-centre-europe/
), a thriving research hub which organises debates, study visits (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-centres/aston-centre-europe/news/ace-events/study-visits-seminars/
), and conferences and seminars (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-centres/aston-centre-europe/news/ace-events/
) on current international issues throughout the academic year
- Further your practical skills in European issues through an EU-focused internship during the second year of study.
Visit the website http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/europe/
An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, which offers students an internationally-oriented understanding of European and international affairs. Students spend the second semester of Year 2 of this programme undertaking an EU-focused internship.
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 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.
Professor John Gaffney, Professor of Politics, Co-director Aston Centre for Europe. Author of “The French Left and the FifthRepublic” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
DPhil (Politics) Sussex University, MA (Comparative Politics), BA (French and European Studies)
“This is a unique MA programme that delivers a wide range of perspectives into European integration, Europe’s place in the world and relations with other global organisations. It provides excellent training for a career in the EU by allowing students to develop practical skills through an EU-focused internship. The opportunity to study in both English and French at two leading research centres is an excellent way to develop your career.”
Professor Simon Green, Co-director Aston Centre for Europe. Co-author of ''The politics of new Germany'' (Routledge)
PhD Birmingham, BA Manchester
“The Double MA in Europe and the World is a challenging but rewarding MA programme. It is an innovative MA, in that it builds in an internship as part of the 2-year programme, and therefore develops’ students practical skills as well as fostering their intellectual development. It is ideal for students looking to pursue careers in a multi-lingual working environment”.
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.
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.
The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University
is one of only a handful of academic units in the UK to span both the Humanities and Social Sciences. In doing so, it draws on a particularly rich and distinguished tradition of teaching, scholarship and research. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Department of Modern Languages (French, German, Linguistics), as it was then known, was one of the UK’s pioneers of the study of language in contemporary society. In 1995, reflecting the growing interest in and awareness of Europe, it became the School of Languages and European Studies. In 2004, we adopted our current title.
Since then, the School has grown rapidly in student numbers and in its academic coverage and now comprises four academic subject groups: English Language, Languages and Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations as well as Sociology and Policy. The School also hosts the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA).
This combination of subjects is almost unique in British Higher Education and leaves the School ideally-placed to investigate how language and society function, both in their own context and in relation to each other. The School is led by its Executive Dean, Professor Simon Green, along with a team of Associate Deans and the Heads of Subject Groups. The School is supported in its work by an Advisory Board comprising key stakeholders in the city of Birmingham and beyond.
Today, therefore, the School of Languages and Social Sciences is a closely integrated, innovative, multilingual and multidisciplinary School with an international outlook. Our degree programmes combine a rigorous disciplinary grounding with a cross-disciplinary, practical and issue-focused perspective. Our main research centres, Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL), The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC), The Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) are leaders in their respective fields. We work closely with schools and local partners, both through our research centres and through Routes into Languages and Network for Languages. We play a major role in the University’s Forward 2020 strategy, through providing the Languages for All programme, our research, our placements and our high levels of student satisfaction. In short, the School is at the forefront of delivering ‘employable graduates, exploitable research’.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/
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.