MSc European Politics and Policy
About this programme
The programme provides an in-depth and systematic understanding of the EU’s institutions, political processes and policies. It covers executive, legislative and judicial politics in Europe; introduces public policy-formulation and decision-making; and discusses key questions of contemporary European governance.
- Programme Summary
European Politics and Policy MSc
The EU is a major influence on public policy across all its member states and in global politics more broadly. It also remains a central issue within UK politics and policy-making following the Brexit decision in June 2016. Students are equipped with the knowledge, transferable skills and research experience necessary to analyse the complex challenges facing Europe's policymakers today. The programme includes a funded study trip to Brussels.
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.Location: London, Bloomsbury
As a minimum, an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:International equivalencies
Programme Director: Dr Nick Wright
The programme is made up of the following elements, to total 180 credits:
1. You are required to take the following four compulsory modules:
Module Code Module Name UCL Credit Value PUBL0043 The European Union: Institutions and Politics 30 PUBL0011 Public Policy Economics and Analysis 15
PUBL0010 or PUBL008
Introduction to Qualitative Methods:Researching Politics using Interviews, Observations and Fieldwork or Introduction to Qualitative Methods:Researching Politics using Texts, Transcripts and Images or Advanced Qualitative Methods 15 PUBL0055 or PUBL0050 Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods 15 Dissertation - 10,000 words 60
2. Choose at least one of the following two modules (the other remains an option to choose in step 3):
Module Code Module Name UCL Credit Value PUBL0019 Policy-Making & Regulation in Europe 15 PUBL0021 The European Union, Globalisation and the State 15
3. Choose any two further modules worth 30 credits in total (the following is a list of all courses available within the department):
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Agenda Setting and Public Policy
- British Government and Politics
- Conflict Resolution and Post War Development
- Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (Laws)
- Contemporary Political Philosophy I: Authority, Obligation and Democracy
- Contemporary Political Philosophy II: Social Justice and Equality
- Data Analysis for Public Policy (MPA students only)
- Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account
- Democracy and Constitutional Design (DCP students only)
- Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutions
- Democratic Political Institutions
- Environmental Politics
- Equality, Justice and Difference
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
- Geopolitics and Globalisation (Geography)
- Global Business Regulation
- Global Ethics
- Global Governance (GGE students only)
- Global Public Policy
- Globalisation and Security (Geography)
- Governance and Public Management (MPA students only)
- Governing Divided Societies
- Health Policy and Reform
- History and Theory of European Integration (History)
- Human Rights, Accountability and World Politics
- Human Rights: Politics and Practice
- Impact Evaluation Methods
- Informal Practices in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Economy (SSEES)
- International Law and Human Rights (HR students only)
- International Organisation: Theory and Practice (IPP students only)
- International Peace and Security (SS students only)
- International Political Economy
- International Trade Policy
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: Researching Politics using Interviews, Observations and Fieldwork
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: Researching Politics using Texts, Transcripts and Images
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
- Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition (Laws)
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Laws)
- Law and Regulation
- Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
- Making Policy Work
- Meanings of Liberty: Applied Methods in Political Theory (LPT students only)
- Nation, Identity and Power in Central & Eastern Europe (SSEES)
- Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management
- Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills
- Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy-Making
- Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (LPT students only)
- Performance Management & Accountability
- Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Centre for Security and Crime Science)
- Policy Advice (EMPA and MPA students and MSc students with 3 years of relevant work experience)
- Policy Implementation (EMPA and MPA students only)
- Policy-making & Regulation in Europe
- Political Economy of Development
- Political Economy of Energy Policy
- Politics of Change in the Baltic States (SSEES)
- Politics of Economic Policy in Post-Industrial Democracies
- Practical Documentary Filmaking (Anthropology)
- Public Ethics
- Public Finance and Budgeting
- Public Management: Theories and Innovations
- Public Microeconomics (Economics)
- Public Policy Economics and Analysis
- Republicanism and Liberalism
- Russian Foreign Policy Since 1917 (SSEES)
- Russian Politics (SSEES)
- Social Justice, Social Mobility, Education and the Family
- Social Values and Public Policy: Health and Environment
- Strategy and Organisational Change
- The Ethics of Counter Terrorism
- The Ethics of Poverty
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State
- The European Union in the World
- The European Union: Institutions and Politics (EPP students only)
- The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights
- Theories and Actors of the Policy Process (PP students only)
- Theories of International Relations
- Voters, Public Opinion Participation
- Violent and Non-Violent Conflict
- War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law
- Further Information
Dr Christine Reh, Honorary Associate Professor, talks to Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament.
Björn joined the European Parliament Office in the UK after having spent six years as Head of the EP Office in Sweden. "Being here might be the most challenging, and most fun, job I can think of." says Björn.
His previous posts include two years at the Swedish Foreign Office and a few spells working for the European Commission. But it all started with being a trainee in Brussels in 1992, three years before Sweden became a member.
Educated in the USA and at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Björn has a deeply rooted interest in people, society and European Affairs.
For career opportunities within the European Parliament see europa.eu/epso/
Destinations and careers
- Student Destinations statistics for MSc European Public Policy
- Alumni profiles for past MSc European Public Policy students
- Meet the students
A Students' View
This course has given me an excellent working background to the EU and its institutions, both from a practical and a theoretical level, whilst allowing me to specialise my own research interests. I am steadily being equipped with the qualitative and qualitative research skills necessary to produce high quality and original research as I build towards eventually writing my thesis on the causes of rising Euroscepticism and populism across the continent.
The European Union is a rapidly growing influence on all aspects of public policy in the UK, across the EU's Member States and in global politics. Understanding supranational governance is therefore increasingly important for any student of public policy in the twenty-first century. Our MSc in European Public Policy is designed to equip students with the empirical knowledge, transferable skills and research experience necessary to analyse and evaluate the complex challenges facing European policy-makers today.
The programme provides an in-depth and systematic
understanding of the EU’s institutions, political processes and
policies. It covers executive, legislative and judicial politics in
Europe; introduces public policy-formulation and decision-making; and
discusses key questions of contemporary European governance. By the end
of the programme, students will have
- acquired an in-depth knowledge of the EU's institutions, including the Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice;
- gained a systematic understanding of policy-making in the EU, including the legislative process, interest representation and the implementation of European law;
- discussed topical questions of European governance, such as EU foreign policy, lobbying, regulation and citizenship;
- learned how the EU impacts on the political systems and policies of its Member States;
- gained transferable skills for the analytical study of politics and policy-making.
Pooling the Department’s expertise in Public Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory our teaching on the EU is interdisciplinary and offers a wide variety of optional courses to accommodate students’ personal interests. We train our students in the rigorous academic analysis of European Public Policy, but we also attach great importance to equipping them with skills that are transferable to a non-academic environment and to giving them practical insights into the EU policy-process. As part of the programme, we therefore organise a study-trip to Brussels (PDF); we organise policy-simulations; and we invite both academics and practitioners to our departmental seminar series. Four of our optional courses have also been recognised by the European Commission as Jean Monnet Modules.
Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in European affairs—in the EU’s institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups and public affairs consultancies.
The Department’s Research Agenda
Our Department engages in high quality research, addressing key empirical puzzles and normative questions faced by the European Union and its Member States. Our research focuses on three topics in particular: 1) the European polity and its normative foundations; 2) lobbying and regulation in Europe; 3) EU decision-making and institutions. Please visit our research webpages for further information.
The European Union at UCL
As a leading international centre for the study of European politics, UCL offers a stimulating learning environment for anyone interested in the European Union. In October 2010, UCL launched a new European Institute, and in addition to courses run by our Department, students can take seminars and attend events organised by the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, and the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies. The School also hosts the offices of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), who publishes the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), organises conferences and coordinates a network of researchers (including graduate students) working on European issues. The Department is also affiliated to the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), of which Richard Bellamy is a past Academic Director.