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EUROPEAN POLITICS AND POLICY (MSC)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This Master's degree offers an intensive exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within 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 and an extensive publication record in EU and wider European politics and government. The programme combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies. It also involves several special events with leading guest speakers, including policy makers and academics.

The first core module explores the history, theories, politics and institutions of European integration. It also covers the politics of Euroscepticism (in the UK and beyond) and competing views about the future of the European Union. Its second part covers the EU’s policies in a range of sectors (including the single market, foreign affairs, macro-economic policy). The second core course will offer you the conceptual and theoretical tools to analyse public policy within and across states.  

You can then choose two option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, British politics, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also take options on research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of the (required) dissertation on the subject that interests you most, under the supervision of an academic expert.

This Master's degree offers an intensive exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within 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...

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Course Content

You must successfully complete two core modules, two option modules and a self-directed dissertation under the supervision of an academic specialist.

Part-time students take the two core modules in Year 1, and choose the two option modules and write the dissertation in Year 2. Full-time students complete these five modules in a single year.

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

  • Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions
  • The European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy

MSC EUROPEAN POLITICS AND POLICY DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation, MSc European Politics and Policy

You must successfully complete two core modules, two option modules and a self-directed dissertation under the supervision of an academic specialist. Part-time students take the two core modules in Year 1, and choose the two option modules and write the dissertation in Year 2. Full-time students complete these five modules in a single year. Option modules are normally...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

September, 2020

£8350.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree, preferably in politics, law, economics, history or languages. We will consider applications from those with degrees in other disciplines.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

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. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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