Taught course

European Public Policy by Distance Learning

Queen Mary, University of London · Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Entry requirements

A 2:1 BA or its equivalent in one of the social sciences or humanities. We will also consider applicants who might not have a BA but can demonstrate sufficient professional experience in a cognate field.

Months of entry


Course content

This distance learning programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how policy is made and implemented within the EU, as well as the key political and theoretical debates within the field.

This programme is ideal for students who either work or aim to work within the EU institutions, national and regional level institutions within the Member States, or NGOs, charities or companies where knowledge of EU Public Policy is important.

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Through studying public policy, you will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation.

You will study two compulsory modules in your first year: theories of the EU policy making process; and implementation and evaluation. In your second year you will be able to choose two of the following three options: case studies in EU policy making; the EU as an international actor; and a placement module.

You will also conduct your own independent 12,000-word research project on an area of EU public policy of choice.

Key features of this programme

  • The only programme of its type to be delivered via distance learning
  • Ideal for anybody wishing to combine work and study effectively
  • Draws on the world leading expertise in the School's Centre for European Research. The Centre has a unique inter-disciplinary focus crossing boundaries between law, politics, public policy, political economy and international relations
  • The School of Politics and International Relations has a strong tradition of public policy and this will be incorporated into the programme
  • Option to complete a placement module

Why study with us?

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students.

We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The School also has a strong history of public policy which will be incorporated into the programme.

You will be taught personally by lecturers who have internationally recognised expertise in international relations, public policy, politics of the developing world, economic globalisation, security studies, and critical theory. Our area expertise includes Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.

As an academic team, the Centre for European Research has a unique inter-disciplinary focus with a number of colleagues crossing the boundaries between law, politics, public policy, political economy, and international relations.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. An IELTS 7 or equivalent is required. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7882 8587