Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European Politics and Policy

This programme offers an interdisciplinary, comparative exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within and across European member states and the 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 in European history and politics and the course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies. The first core module explores the history, politics and institutions of European intergration and you can then choose to examine the place of the EU on the global stage or deepen your knowledge of European governing structures. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation, enabling you to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular topic in European politics and policy, and to develop research skills. The first core module is The European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy. For your second core module, you choose from either Comparative Government and Policy in Europe or The Politics of Global Europe. The core modules are supplemented by option modules and completion of a dissertation on an agreed subject. Option modules are normally available in: British and US government and politics; International relations, international security and US foreign policy; Politics of globalisation and international political economy; Political theory and political sociology; War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; Public management and public sector reform; Research methods. Core modules: Comparative Government and Policy in Europe; The European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy; The Politics of Global Europe .

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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