Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European Politics and Policy

This Master's degree offers an intensive exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within EU's governing structures and institutions. These are placed within an international context and considered alongside pressing issues associated with international relations, international law and globalisation and global politics. You will be taught by academics with expertise and an extensive publication record in EU and wider European politics and government. The programme combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies. It also involves several special events with leading guest speakers, including policy makers and academics. The first core module explores the history, theories, politics and institutions of European integration. It also covers the politics of Euroscepticism (in the UK and beyond) and competing views about the future of the European Union. Its second part covers the EU's policies in a range of sectors (including the single market, foreign affairs, macro-economic policy). The second core course will offer you the conceptual and theoretical tools to analyse public policy within and across states. You can then choose two option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, British politics, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also take options on research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of the (required) dissertation on the subject that interests you most, under the supervision of an academic expert.

Entry requirements

MSc: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve. Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application. COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A good honours degree, preferably in politics, law, economics, history or languages. We will consider applications from those with degrees in other disciplines.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Core modules are assessed by written examinations, while option modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examinations. You also write a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316789