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UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Past students on the programme have been awarded prestigious scholarships such as AHRC, and UCL graduate studentships.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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European Public Policy MSc

The European Union is a rapidly growing influence on public policy in the UK, across its member states and in global politics. This MSc 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.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the EU's institutions, politics and policies. It covers legislative, executive, and judicial politics; introduces EU law-making and lobbying; and addresses key contemporary questions, such as Europe's role in the world, public opinion and legitimacy, the Euro crisis, and the EU's impact on its member states.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field. Britain's only department focused exclusively on graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of European Public Policy.

The department acts as a bridge between the research community and policy-makers in Brussels and Britain, and each year, we offer a funded study trip to Brussels to give students first-hand insights into the EU's institutions and policy-making.

Since its launch in 2010, UCL's European Institute has become a new hub for cross-disciplinary research and public events on Europe.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • European Union: Institutions and Politics (30)
  • Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods B or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods B or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)


  • Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-european-public-policy
  • The following are suggestions:
  • History of European Integration (15) – History
  • International Trade Policy (15)
  • Political Economy of Development (15)
  • Political Economy of Energy Policy (15)
  • The European Union in Global Politics (15)


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching on the EU is interdisciplinary and pools the department's world-class expertise in European politics, public policy and international relations. The MSc is delivered through weekly lectures and seminars by experts, who all carry out innovative research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, essays, policy-briefs and a dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, a 3.3 GPA or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates who wish to develop the analytical competence, research experience and generic skills essential to analyse and assess the main issues facing European policy-makers today. Applicants should ideally have a background in economics, European issues, international relations, law, philosophy, political science or sociology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study European Public Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study European Public Policy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • European Commission: Trainees and civil servants
  • European Parliament: MEP's Assistant
  • European Central Bank: Trainee
  • Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe: Communication and Information Co-ordinator
  • Bellenden: Account Executive
  • City Council of Barcelona: Director for Fiscal Policy
  • Crossrail: Policy and Business Analyst
  • Ministry of Justice: Policy Advisor
  • DeHavilland: European Analyst
  • House of Commons: Inquiry Officer
  • Policy Network: Policy Researcher
  • Tax Payers' Alliance: Policy Analyst Researcher

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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