This Master's degree offers an interdisciplinary, comparative exploration of how politics, government and public policy operate within and across European member states and the EU's governing structures and institutions. These are placed within an international context and considered alongside pressing issues associated with international relations, international law and globalisation and global politics.
You will be taught by academics with expertise in European history and politics, and the course combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies.
The first core module explores the history, politics and institutions of European intergration and you can then choose to examine the place of the EU on the global stage or deepen your knowledge of European governing structures. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level.
You can then choose two option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also learn research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.
Our Department of Politics is a lively and distinguished centre of interdisciplinary research, with a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching. Some of the world’s most famous libraries are on our doorstep in Bloomsbury, central London, and you can walk down to Whitehall, where Parliament and the UK’s most influential and important think-tanks and centres of political research and analysis are located.
Our departmental building was once a key location for members of the Bloomsbury Group, so you could be studying in rooms that have hosted distinguished visitors, including T. S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.
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Application deadlines and interviews
Applications from January.
UK-based candidates satisfying entry requirements interviewed March to September.
European Politics and Policy (MSc) (Part-time)
European Politics and Policy (MSc) (Full-time)
You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation, enabling you to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular topic in European politics and policy, and to develop research skills.
The first core module is The European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy. For your second core module, you choose from either Comparative Government and Policy in Europe or The Politics of Global Europe.
The core modules are supplemented by option modules and completion of a dissertation on an agreed subject. Option modules are normally available in:
- British and US government and politics
- International relations, international security and US foreign policy
- Politics of globalisation and international political economy
- Political theory and political sociology
- War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion
- Public management and public sector reform
- Research methods.
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A good honours degree, preferably in politics, law, economics, history or languages. We will consider applications from those with degrees in other disciplines.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in international organisations, such as the European Union, local and national government, the diplomatic service, policy work, the voluntary sector and journalism. Possible professions include diplomat, policy researcher, or journalist. This degree may also be useful in becoming a Civil Service fast streamer, politician’s assistant, or charity officer.
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We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
A mixture of lectures and classes employing a variety of formats. Classes are often supplemented by public events involving Birkbeck academics and guest speakers.
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Core modules are assessed by written examinations, while option modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examinations. You also write a dissertation.
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