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European Public Policy MSc

The EU is a rapidly growing influence on public policy in the UK, across member states and in global politics. This MSc equips students with the knowledge, transferable skills and research experience necessary to analyse the complex challenges facing Europe’s policy-makers today. The programme includes a funded study trip to Brussels.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT) £4,890 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

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Degree Information

The programme provides in-depth knowledge 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 global role, democratic legitimacy, the Eurocrisis and the EU’s impact on member states. Students choose from a wide range of options in public policy, international politics and comparative government.

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 or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Options

  • Choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the other module remains available as an option:
  • Policy-making and Regulation in Europe (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)

  • Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-european-public-policy
  • The following are suggestions:
  • The European Union in the World
  • History of European Integration: Constructing Europe, 1945 to the Lisbon Treaty (15)
  • British Government and Politics (15)
  • Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
  • Political Economy of Development (15)
  • Political Economy of Energy Policy (15)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
  • Global Public Policy (15)
  • International Political Economy (15)
  • International Trade Policy (15)
  • Law and Regulation (15)
  • Making Policy Work

Dissertation/report

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. Several modules include negotiation games.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site European Public Policy MSc

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Communications Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM (2010)
  • National Expert, European Commission (2013)
  • Democracy Project Officer, Institute of Multi-Democracy (2010)
  • Policy and Research Officer, European Social Network (2010)
  • Policy Advisor, Merlin-Humanitarian Aid Agency (2010)

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of public policy in the EU and its member states.

The department acts as a bridge between the research community and policy-makers in Brussels and Britain, and the programme’s funded study trip to Brussels offers students first-hand insights into the EU’s institutions as well as networking opportunities.

Launched 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.

Student / staff ratios › 29 staff › 378 taught students › 37 research students

Department: Political Science

Application and next steps

Applications

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 gain the knowledge, analytical competence and research skills essential to analyse and evaluate the complex challenges facing Europe’s policy-makers today. Applicants should ideally have a background in political science, international relations, European studies, law, philosophy or sociology; applicants also often hold degrees in modern languages.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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