University of Surrey

University of Surrey

European Politics and Policy

This programme gives students the ability to understand and evaluate key conceptual debates in European politics and the role of cross-national and comparative perspectives.Students engage with key contemporary debates in the study of European politics, concerning the relationship between the European and national levels, institutional studies, politics and policies, and the ongoing search for a stable equilibrium in all these areas. The programme is composed of 3 pathways. The European Politics and Policy pathway provides an understanding of the EU�s main policy areas. The 2nd pathway, European External Relations, offers the opportunity to focus on the EU�s role in the international system. Finally, the European Practitioner pathway equips students with an excellent understanding of EU politics and policy and allows students to spend 3 months working in the field of EU politics. Students across the 3 pathways take a common set of compulsory modules (including modules on research methods and Politics of the European Union). 2 further compulsory modules are taken for each pathway, allowing students to select 3 optional modules from a range of European and/or international politics topics. The programme provides students with the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation or placement project on a specialist topic, including formulating research questions, conducting a literature review, selecting appropriate methods of data collection, engaging with data analysis to provide answers to the research questions, and presenting research according to scholarly conventions.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant social science or humanities discipline (or an equivalent qualification); applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5, with no component scoring less than 6.0.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to research; research in practice; politics of the European Union. Optional modules: European external relations; theorising European integration; institutional architecture of the European union; European economies and economic integration; the EU and its neighbourhood; comparative regional integration; the European social dimension; international security and defence.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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