University of Sussex

University of Sussex

European Governance and Policy

Associated with the Sussex European Institute, this course is designed to give you an understanding of the way in which policy is made within Europe, covering national and EU level processes as well as the interaction between them. It focuses in particular on the political context to policy-making in Europe. In exploring these processes, the course makes use of both cutting-edge research and the insights of policy-makers and others seeking to shape policy. As such, it prepares you for both further academic study and careers in the wider policy environment. The course equips you with a solid grounding in how policy is made, with modules on comparative public policy and European governance and provides you with a tool-kit in terms of research skills and methods. You can then specialise in a range of options covering policy and politics in Europe, including economic and political integration, foreign policy, energy and environmental policy, political parties and territorial politics.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in politics or a related discipline such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations.

Course modules

Autumn term: European governance; politics and public policy; research methods and approaches. Spring term: 2 options from a wide range of specialist modules that may include: European political integration; foreign policy analysis; international relations of the EU; the domestic politics of European integration; energy and environmental security in Europe; EU single market law; political parties and party systems; territorial politics; the political economy of EU integration; the politics of eastern Europe in transition; corruption and governance in international business; tackling corruption. Summer term: You research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, related to one of your options, under supervision of a member of faculty.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, term papers and unseen examinations. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,300 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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