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MA European and Global Affairs

Course Description

This course is delivered jointly with our department and the School of Government (SoG) at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS). Based in Rome, Italy, the SoG at LUISS is Italy’s top graduate school, training high-level public and private officials to handle political and government decision-making processes.

You’ll spend your first year studying in Rome, and your second year studying in Sheffield. The course is taught in English. You’ll study European relations within the context of international society and global public affairs. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to global developments as a practitioner or researcher.


Graduates work for government and other public sector organisations, private sector companies, consultancies and think-tanks. They are directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

Core modules

Three out of the following modules (Semester 1): European Politics in the Twentieth Century; European Macroeconomics; European Institutions; European Policies and Policy Making.

Three from a range including the following (Semester 2): European Migration Politics;
European Foreign and Security Policy;
EU and State Building in the Balkan;
Transatlantic Relations; Mediterranean Politics; History of European Integration since the 1980s.

Two from a range including the following (Semester 3): The Politics of International Law; Europeanisation; Contemporary Global Security; Global Justice; Global Governance; Research Methods.

Teaching and assessment

All modules except the dissertation are taught in seminars. You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.


You’ll need to apply for this course directly through LUISS. See our department website for further details:

Visit the MA European and Global Affairs page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2014. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.This is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups such as those from low income backgrounds and who wouldn’t ordinarily consider going onto postgraduate study for reasons such as access to finance, have caring responsibilities or who come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all. The University welcomes applications from recent graduates and students who graduated several years ago. Each applicant will be considered for all awards that are applicable but will only be eligible to receive one.The Faulty of Social Science has a number of Scholarships available for UK and EU students starting their postgraduate course in 2014. If you’re eligible, you could take your PG course at Sheffield for FREE.The deadline for applications is 6th June 2014.Benefactors Scholarships20 awards each worth £7,500 available to University of Sheffield graduatesIf you’re a current Sheffield student or a graduate of the University, and you received a maintenance grant for your undergraduate degree, you can apply. These scholarships aren’t course-specific. All taught postgraduate courses are eligible. The money can be used towards tuition fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria: - Entered University from a Care background.
- Carer for an ill or disabled family member.
- Have been in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance.
- Were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant whilst an undergraduate.
- Come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. For more information about your postcode IMD NB. this information only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on the application process - http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/pss_ss

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You’ll need at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a social science, humanities or language discipline. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

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