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European Public Policy - MSc

Course Description

The EU is a rapidly growing influence on public policy in the UK, across member states and in global politics. This MSc equips students with the knowledge, transferable skills and research experience necessary to analyse the complex challenges facing Europe’s policymakers today. The programme includes a funded study trip to Brussels.

Degree information

The programme provides in-depth knowledge of the EU’s institutions, politics and policies. It covers legislative, executive, and judicial politics; introduces EU law-making and lobbying; and addresses key contemporary questions, such as Europe’s global role, democratic legitimacy, the Eurocrisis and the EU’s impact on member states. Students choose from a wide range of options in public policy, international politics and comparative government.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-European Union: Institutions and Politics (30)
-Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
-Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
-Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules - choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the other module remains available as an option):
-Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe (15)
-The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)

The following are suggestions:
-The European Union in the World (15)
-British Government and Politics (15)
-Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
-Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
-International Trade Policy (15)
-Making Policy Work (15)
-The Political Economy of Development (15)
-Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management (15)

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
Teaching on the EU is interdisciplinary and pools the department's world-class expertise in European politics, public policy and international relations. The MSc is delivered through weekly lectures and seminars by experts, who all carry out innovative research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, essays, policy-briefs and a dissertation. Several modules include negotiation games.


Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in European affairs in the EU's institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups and public affairs consultancies.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Marketing Executive, Barclays
-Press Officer, European Parliament.
-Agribusiness Analyst, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
-Public Affairs Manager, Eu Strategy
-Researcher, Market and Social Research

The MSc puts a premium on training students in the systematic analysis of European public policies and policy-making. Our teaching therefore combines a rigorous academic programme and a focus on independent research with training in pre-professional skills, for example through negotiation games, the preparation of policy briefs and a visit to the EU's institutions. Career events with alumni, topical workshops at UCL's European Institute, the study trip to Brussels and established links with the EU communities in Brussels and London also offer our students excellent networking opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of public policy in the EU and its member states.

The department acts as a bridge between the research community and policymakers in Brussels and Britain, and the programme’s funded study trip to Brussels offers students first-hand insights into the EU’s institutions as well as networking opportunities.

Launched in 2010, UCL's European Institute has become a new hub for cross-disciplinary research and public events on Europe, for our students to attend and engage in.

Visit the European Public Policy - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.45; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.

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