MSc European Public Policy
An in-depth and systematic understanding of the EU’s institutions, political processes and policies.
This programme at a glance
||MSc European Public Policy|
||The programme provides an in-depth and systematic understanding of the EU’s institutions, political processes and policies|
||12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)|
||Please see fees tab.|
2 September 2016
Dr Christine Reh
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.
The programme is made up of the following elements, to total 180 credits:
1. You are required to take the following four compulsory modules:
- The European Union: Institutions and Politics (30 credits)
- Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods B (15) OR Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods B (15) 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):
3. Choose any two further modules worth 30 credits in total (the following is a list of all courses available within the department):
at the School of Public Policy
- Agenda Setting and Public Policy
- British Government and Politics
- Comparative Political Economy
- 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 (Not running in 2016/17)
- Democratic Political Institutions
- Economic Policy Making
- Environmental Politics (Not running in 2016/17)
- Equality, Justice and Difference
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
- Geopolitics and Globalisation (Geography)
- Global Business Regulation (Not running in 2016/17)
- 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
- Impact Evaluation Methods
- Informal Practices in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Economy (SSEES)
- International Human Rights Standards and Institutions
- International Law and Human Rights (HR students only)
- International Organisation (IPP students only)
- International Peace and Security (SS students only)
- International Political Economy
- International Trade Policy
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods A (DCP, HR and IPP Students)
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods B (EPP, GGE, PP and SS Students)
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods A (DCP, HR and IPP Students)
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods B (EPP, GGE, PP and SS Students)
- Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition (Laws)
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Laws)
- Law and Regulation
- Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
- Making Policy Work
- Managing Organisational Change
- 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 and Accountability
- Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Centre for Security and Crime Science)
- Policy Advice
- Policy Implementation (EMPA and MPA students only)
- Policy-making & Regulation in Europe
- Political Economy of Development
- Political Economy of Energy Policy (Not running in 2016/17)
- Politics of Change in the Baltic States (SSEES)
- 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 (Not running in 2016/17)
- Russian Foreign Policy Since 1917 (SSEES)
- Russian Politics (SSEES)
- Social Values and Public Policy: Health and Environment (Not running in 2016/17)
- 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 (Not running in 2016/17)
- War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law
||UK/EU students (Full-time)||Overseas students (Full-time)||UK/EU students (Part-time)||Overseas students (Part-time)|
|MSc in Public Policy||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
|MSc in European Public Policy||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
|MSc in International Public Policy||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics
|MA in Human Rights||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
|MA in Legal and Political Theory||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
|MSc Global Ethics and Governance||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
|MSc in Security Studies||£11,190||£18,670||£5,195||£9,285|
MPA in Public Administration and Management
Please note: Part-time fees are per year.
For the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management fees, please visit the EMPA page.
Entry to all of our programmes is competitive so please apply early to increase your chances of success. This is particularly the case on our larger Masters programmes in Public Policy, International Public Policy, Security Studies and Human Rights. Candidates applying for these programmes are strongly advised to submit applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please note that all closing dates are final. We are unable to accept any further applications after these dates.
Applications for Masters 2016/17
We are now taking applications for entry in 2016/17.
Closing date: 2 September 2016
For further details and to apply online: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission/apply-online/
Applications for the Executive MPA
Applications for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management are managed by NYU Wagner. The deadline is May 1st 2016. For more information on the programme and entry requirements, please click here.
Applications for the Doctoral programme
Closing Date: June 2016
Dr Christine Reh, Director of UCL’s Master in European Public Policy, 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/ .