European Public Policy MSc

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the EU's institutions, politics and policies. It covers legislative, executive, and judical politics, introduces supranational decision-making, law-making and lobbying; and addresses key questions of contemporary European governance, such as the EU's global role, financial governance and regulation, democratic legitimacy and the EU's impact on national politics and policy-making.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,750
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the EU's institutions, political processes and policies. It covers legislative, executive, and judicial politics; introduces supra-national decision-making, including law-making and lobbying; and addresses key questions of contemporary European governance, such as foreign policy, regulation, democratic legitimacy and the EU's influence on national policies.

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 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, for our students to attend.

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)
  • Europeanisation, Globalisation and the State (15)

  • The following are suggestions:
  • Making Policy Work (15)
  • Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (15) – Laws
  • History of European Integration: Constructing Europe, 1945 to the Lisbon Treaty (15)
  • British Government and Politics (15)
  • Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
  • The European Union in Global Politics (15)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
  • Global Public Policy (15)
  • Political Economy of Energy Policy (15)
  • International Political Economy (15)
  • International Trade Policy (15)
  • Law and Regulation (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:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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:

  • Liberal Democrat Party: Political Researcher
  • European Commission: Trainee
  • City Council of Barcelona: Director for Fiscal Policy
  • Labour Party: Local MP
  • DRG Consultant: Researcher
  • Tax Payers Alliance: Policy Analyst Researcher
  • Ministry of Justice: Policy Advisor
  • DeHavilland: European Analyst
  • Hays Legal: Components Officer
  • Think Tank: Research Intern
  • House of Commons: Inquiry Officer

Top career destinations for this programme

  • IBM, Communications Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, 2010
  • European Commission, Intern, 2010
  • Institute of Multi-Democracy, Democracy Project Officer, 2010
  • European Social Network, Policy and Research Officer, 2010
  • Merlin-Humanitarian Aid Agency, Policy Advisor, 2010


The MSc puts a premium on training students in the systematic analysis of European public policies and policy-making. Our teaching therefore combines a rigorous academic programme and a focus on independent research with the training of pre-professional skills, gained, e.g. through negotiation games, the preparation of policy-briefs and a visit of the EU's institutions. Career events with alumni, topical workshops at UCL's European Institute, the study trip to Brussels and established links with the EU communities in Brussels and London also offer our students excellent networking opportunities.

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