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MA Two Capitals Programme

Course Description

The University of Kent's Two Capitals Programme gives students a unique opportunity to learn about international affairs in a global context. Students spend one year at the Brussels School of International Studies before moving to Washington DC, Beijing or Brasilia for their second year. On successful completion they are awarded two master’s degrees; one from the University of Kent and the other from the relevant partner institution.

The programme allows students to specialise in one of the following disciplines; international relations, conflict and security, international political economy, public policy or international development, as well as experience different approaches to international studies on different continents and in different global capitals. Students on the programme gain an insight into the nature of change as an endemic feature of politics on a national, regional and global scale; an understanding of the causes of change; and ways in which to manage that change. They also gain a firm understanding of the complex relationship between the concerns of domestic and international politics, and global and geopolitical issues.

Applicants, who should initially apply for one of the programmes listed below, will be expected to have completed the taught courses of their chosen programme and have achieved an average of a Merit before applying for one of the exchanges as part of the Two Capitals Programme. A decision on whether a student may undertake an exchange will be made in May for those students who started their masters in the previous September and in February for those students who started in January.

MA in International Relations
MA in International Conflict and Security
MA in EU External Relations
MA in International Development
MA in International Political Economy

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/twocapitals/

Washington DC

The Two Capitals Programme in Washington DC is based on agreements with Virginia Tech and George Mason University.

• Students wishing to undertake the second year of their programme at Virginia Tech (VT) will be enrolled on the Government and International Affairs programme of the School of Public and International Affairs on VT's National Capital Region Campus in Alexandria and will study towards a Masters in Public International Affairs (MPIA). Details on how the two year programme will work in practice will be published shortly.

•Students wishing to study at George Mason University will be enrolled on Master of Public Policy programme at the School of Public Policy in Arlington, VA. Details on how the two year programme will work in practice will follow.


The Two Capitals Programme in Beijing will be based upon an agreement with the Chinese Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) which is the only institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. The University trains high calibre Chinese diplomats in the fields of Foreign Service, international studies, and international business and law and offers an unparalleled experience for foreign students. While the format of the exchange programme is developed, the Brussels School of International Studies runs a very successful and much sought after exchange programme through which two or three students experience a term in each other’s institution. To find out more about the exchange programme please contact .


Work is currently underway to develop a version of the Two Capitals Programme in Brasil with the University of Brasilia

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/admissions/index.html

Visit the MA Two Capitals Programme page on the University of Kent, Brussels website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Daniel Trup

2002.jpg Daniel was awarded an LLM in International Law with International Relations with Distinction and is now working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) investigating human rights violations committed whilst Kosovo was under UN administration. Before that he worked in the Special Prosecutors Office at EULEX; the EU Rule of Law Mission.

“Almost certainly. My main focus of my studies was in International Law. As a consequence this assisted me greatly in obtaining my first position as legal officer in the War Crimes unit of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My knowledge gained in the International Criminal Law course enabled me to understand the legal context by which I investigated war crimes, interviewed witnesses and then finally drafted the indictment.”

“My second role as Legal Expert in the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo dealt with Organized and Financial Crime was also assisted by my studies at BSIS. This time because I was able to demonstrate a wider knowledge of International Law within the context of the fight against organised crime.”

“There are a number of reasons why such a school offers an excellent place to develop a sound academic knowledge which can be later used in gaining excellent professional experience:
1.The teaching staff were great. They were excellent lecturers and advisors and certainly provided me with knowledge that guided me in my future employment;
2.The resources available both at the school and in the nearby university proved excellent tools for my studies and my skills in academic research were significantly enhanced by the opportunity it afforded me.
3.The school, being in Brussels, allowed me to interact with many international and regional organizations. Having an understanding of how they worked and in many instances didn't work proved to be immensely rewarding to my career development.”

“Employers often look for candidates that can demonstrate excellent academic credentials together with experience of working in a particular field. No more so than in international employment. Studying in Brussels allows for the chance to obtain work experience in a chosen field and combine this with studying. BSIS provides this opportunity. Not in that it will give you employment just that its excellent academic work and its links to International Organizations through its guest speaker program allows for these connections to be made and opportunities to be forged.”

(Student Profile)

Stephan Nielsen

The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.

These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement.

Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,
MA in International Relations,


Brussels School of International Studies - No. of awards TBC

Successful candidates will be registered at the University of Kent as full time students on taught programmes and will receive payment to cover 50% of their tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.The Scholarships Board is looking for academic excellence as well as academic potential. If it helps, we invite candidates to imagine that they are standing in front of the members of the Scholarships Board and have one chance to tell them about themselves and why they would like to receive a scholarship.Research
Funding for doctoral research scholarships is available for one year in the first instance, extended to a maximum of three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, based on satisfactory progress. Successful candidates will be registered as students on one of the Brussels PhD programmes of the University of Kent and will receive either 100% or 50% tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). All candidates will be subject to an annual review of progress and performance and will be expected to perform at a satisfactory level to ensure renewal of their award. Successful applicants will pursue a thesis topic in an area of research strength of the school. We particularly welcome research proposals in European Public Policy, International Relations, International Conflict and Security, International Political Economy, International and Economic Law, Migration, International Development and Political Strategy and Communication. Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain a relevant Master’s degree at merit or distinction level. These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Each year we offer a number of scholarships to students on the postgraduate taught (MA/LLM) programmes.

Throughout the year we offer a number of scholarships to students reading for a doctorate at the Brussels School of International Studies. We do not normally make a call for applications but instead offer them directly to outstanding candidates.

Application Procedure

Candidates should send a letter/email to [email protected] confirming their wish to be considered for a scholarship and explaining why they believe that they should be awarded one. Candidates should ensure that their application number is mentioned on their letter/email and indicate 'scholarships' in the subject title. Only successful recipients will be notified and this will normally take place within one week of the application deadline.Research
Candidates are invited to make an application to study for a PhD by following the instructions as detailed on this webpage. This application should be followed by a research proposal, CV, covering letter and two academic references.

Further Information



Graduate School Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University.The Scholarship is awarded to 2016 University of Kent Graduates who earn a Batchelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees


- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent.- This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. - Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.- MArch students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration.

Further Information



The Templeman Scholarship - Single Award

This scholarship covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year and is open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.There is one Templeman Scholarship available each year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year


- Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.- Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.- Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.- Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via your KentVision portal at: https://evision.kent.ac.uk . You will be asked to upload a covering letter '"Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants, who should initially apply for one of the programmes below, will be expected to have completed their 6 taught courses and have achieved an average of a Merit before applying to transfer to the Two Capitals Programme.•MA in International Relations•MA in International Conflict and Security•MA in European Public Policy•MA in International Development•MA in International Political Economy

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