Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £9,835 (FT) £4,890 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 1 August 2015
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.
English language requirement: Advanced
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.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
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).
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
- Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
- European Union: Institutions and Politics (30)
- Making Policy Work
- Political Economy of Energy Policy (15)
- History of European Integration: Constructing Europe, 1945 to the Lisbon Treaty (15)
- The European Union in the World
- <strong>The following are suggestions</strong>:
- <b>Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:</b>
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15) </br></br>
- Policy-making and Regulation in Europe (15)
- <b>Choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the other module remains available as an option:</b>
- Law and Regulation (15)
- International Trade Policy (15)
- International Political Economy (15)
- Global Public Policy (15)
- Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
- Political Economy of Development (15)
- Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
- British Government and 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. Several modules include negotiation games.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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
- IBM, Communications Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, 2010,
- European Commission, National Expert, 2013,
- 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.
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
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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