Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

ASSESSMENT

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.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go in to careers in international organisations, such as the European Union, local and national government, the diplomatic service, policy work, the voluntary sector and journalism. Possible professions include diplomat, policy researcher, or journalist. This degree may also be useful in becoming a Civil Service fast streamer, politician?s assistant, or charity officer.

Start Date:

two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,720 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,640 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £4,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £7,860 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £4,320 European Fees

Qualifications required:

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