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European and Global Governance MSc

Course Description

Europe is confronted by a growing number of challenges on the world stage, ranging from the rise of emerging economies to new security challenges. Drawing on theories of international relations, comparative politics and European integration, this programme allows students to engage with the study of European and global governance from a variety of perspectives – the domestic, the regional/supranational, and the global.

It aims to be empirically relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to some of the biggest political challenges facing Europe today. It will also prepare students for a wide range of careers in European and international affairs.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units
-Security Governance
-The European Union: Theories, Institutions and Policies

Optional units
You will choose three optional units from a list supplied by the School of Sociology, Policy and International Studies (SPAIS). Below is an example of topics that may be offered. Options vary from year to year but may include:
-Conflict, Security and Development
-Gender and Development
-Managing and Evaluating Development
-Environmental Politics
-Masculinities and IR
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-Military and militarisation
-Discourse Analysis
-International Human Rights
-Politics of Genocide
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-China's International Relations
-European Security
-Religion and Politics in the West
-The Politics of Insecurity

A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/msc-unit-guides/

Third term
Independent study for dissertation.


Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers. Many sectors such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience.

Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Commission, among others.

Visit the European and Global Governance MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.

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