Aston University

Aston University

Multilevel Governance and International Relations

This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, taking a number of core and optional modules. They then spend semester two at Sciences Po, Rennes, where they study a further suite of core modules through the medium of French language, before moving on to undertake a related internship, and completing a final "Rapport de Stage". This is a demanding programme, which challenges students to engage fully with study opportunities in both learning institutions, but it is a rewarding experience, developing life-long skills and opening up new professional opportunities to its graduates.

Entry requirements

MA: 2:1 degree in Social Science, Language or a related subject. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation Working knowledge of French language (CEFR B2) Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Course modules

Sample module options The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change. International Relations Theory A better understanding of International Relations can help to explain why and how problems such as terrorism, economic and financial crisis, armed conflict or trade wars occur and how they might be best resolved. This course provides an advanced grounding in the key concepts and ideas employed in the analysis of International Relations and International Politics. This will offer you a sense of the identity of International Relations as an academic discipline and also give you a set of conceptual tools, which will better enable you to make sense of international events. International Relations Theory critically examines the nature and the impact of the major schools of thought in International Relations. Assessment method: The assessment is by class presentation (15%) and by one 3000 word essay (85%). Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance This module examines the key issues in relation to globalisation, global governance and regional integration.Globalisation is the buzzword of our times. No other term has been used and abused as frequently as globalisation. It is variously seen as a threat to established social, political and economic interests or as an opportunity. This module will offer an overview of political and social science approaches to the meaning of globalisation, global governance and regionalism, highlight central issues and debates in the relation to the impact of globalisation on social and political transformation, and encourage students to evaluate critically contending interpretations of the impact of globalisation on social and political change. Assessment method: Assessment will be by way of a presentation (15%) and one 3000 word essay (85%).

Assessment methods

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 study visits and 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 2,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 2,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 2,450 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 2,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time with time abroad September 2019 2,450 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years

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Main Site B4 7ET West Midlands

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