Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European Politics and Policy

The Master's degree in politics, policy and the European Union 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. You can then choose 2 option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also learn research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most. Our Department of Politics is a lively and distinguished centre of interdisciplinary research, with a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching. Some of the world's most famous libraries are on our doorstep in Bloomsbury, central London, and you can walk down to Whitehall, where Parliament and the UK's most influential and important think-tanks and centres of political research and analysis are located.

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. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6789