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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

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 no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700