Taught course

European Politics - Diplomacy

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in European Politics is a 2:1, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, including previous study in the area of European politics, and/or diplomacy, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: politics@canterbury.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in European Politics capitalises on the high level of EU expertise within the Politics/IR Programme at CCCU, as well as the exciting new activities and provisions on offer within our Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS) and forms the centrepiece of the ‘teaching’ activities within the Centre.

The new MSc in European Politics pitches our postgrads into the challenging world of European politics, helping them to deconstruct, and then master the structures, actors, key terms and modes of enquiry that make up both European, and EU politics.

Using an intrinsically inter-disciplinary research base in order to evaluate the nature and distribution of power in national, European international and global contexts, students will emerge with a robust grounding in the historic foundations of the political, institutional, economic and socio-cultural aspects of contemporary Europe. The MSc in European Politics is currently offered with a specialism in Diplomacy, allowing students to gain an especially strong understanding of the role of foreign policy making by the EU as a regional and international actor, as well as the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security and Defence Policy, trade, development, neighbourhood, climate change, and its Strategic Partnerships.

Through a combination of core and specialist modules, students taking the MSc in European Politics are provided with an in-depth knowledge of the complex historical development of the European Economic Community, and its successor, the European Union. Both conceptual and empirical approaches are used to examine the complexities of deepening and widening central to the process of European integration, as well as the gradual rise of foreign policy making between Member States and key EU institutions. Encouraged to grapple with the tension between institutional and national processes, between strategic requirements and budgetary constraints, and between internal reform and evolving global governance, as well as the range of foreign and public policies, students will get to grips with the drivers and obstacles by which the EU has been defined.

Modules on European Politics (as well as the Diplomacy specialism) are comprised of formal lectures on key EU themes, and interactive seminars that explore European institutions, national actors, and policies, making use of a robust range of teaching and learning styles to interrogate this complex and fast-changing subject.

Additional forms of interaction, including simulation games which reflect the actual workings of an EU institution or its diplomatic process, as well as group work, the deconstruction and analysis of key EU texts, alongside briefing notes on specific European policy areas, and blog-writing on contemporary challenges to the EU all ensure that students completing the MSc in European Politics acquire an advanced knowledge of their chosen area via the most contemporary pedagogic styles.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr David Bates
01227 782900