University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Politics in the European Union

This postgraduate degree blends theory and rich empirical material to offer insights into the functioning of political life in the EU that assists students in a broad range of professions, including diplomacy, government bodies, international organisations, lobbying, teaching, journalism, the media and commerce and business.

Entry requirements

Either a 1st or a good 2nd Class Honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in politics, history, international relations or other related subjects; we also welcome applicants with relevant professional experience and qualifications; if the 1st language is not English, applicants should have a qualification such as the IELTS (6.5 or above) or TEFL (90/575).

Course modules

Core modules: Politics of European Integration; 3 optional modules: American interventionism since the end of the cold war; art of negotiation; democracy and legitimacy in the European union; diplomatic systems; EU enlargement and democratic consolidation in post-communist Europe; Euro scepticism (subject to approval to be available from 2014); governance and corruption; human rights, ethics and war in the post-cold war order; intelligence and security; international security; the politics of human rights; the politics of protection; post-cold war world order; south African foreign policy; strategy in the modern world; theories of international relations; students' choices of optional modules should relate directly to their degree (eg EU enlargement, democracy and legitimacy in the EU, euro scepticism), but subject to approval, students may also select other politics and international relations modules, for example modules looking at diplomacy, corruption and a broad range of foreign policy issues; for those who are studying for the MA, these modules are followed by the dissertation.

Assessment methods

Teaching is based upon use of the University�s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard; this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as 1 to 1 contact through conventional channels; modules are assessed by a traditional end of module essay and a range of online activities.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

Department of Politics and International Relations
Telephone number: 
0116 252 5164