Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in politics or a related discipline such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations.

Months of entry


Course content

Associated with the internationally renowned Sussex European Institute, this MA 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.

Sussex is an ideal university at which to study for this MA – our faculty have exceptional expertise in the domestic political and policy context of a number of European countries, in the EU policy process and in the interplay between them.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take European Governance • Politics and Public Policy • Research Methods and Approaches.

Spring term: you choose two 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 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice, related to one of your options, under supervision of a member of faculty.


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

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/european-governance-and-policy-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
+44 (0)1273 876787