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Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Standard Route) MA

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Course description

  • You would like to study at one of the strongest centres for European politics in the UK
  • You want a course that builds on comparative European perspectives and offers an excellent range of modules
  • You would like a flexible course structure allowing for a level of specialisation

The programme draws from one of the strongest centres for European politics in the UK. It combines analytical and conceptual rigour with topical subjects relating to the governance and policies of the European Union and their impact on the domestic politics of its member states.

The programme also focuses on processes of Europeanisation both within the context of the EU's existing member states, but also on candidate countries and the EU's neighbours. Building on a very strong comparative perspective (across Europe and the European Union), the programme offers students an excellent range of compulsory and optional modules with strong areas of expertise in gender and media policies, varieties of European capitalism; nationalism and political violence; and the EU's external relations.

The programme has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind. It will appeal to students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to employment in government service at the supranational, national and sub national levels, as well as to careers in journalism, teaching and international commerce.

The programme also attracts students from other European countries wishing to pursue postgraduate study abroad as well as growing numbers employed in business and government elsewhere who have to deal with the European Union.

Course Director: Dr Laura McLeod


Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Comparative Political AnalysisPOLI6030115Mandatory
Dissertation Research DesignPOLI6031215Mandatory
Politics of EuropeanisationPOLI7010215Mandatory
The European Union: Politics and Policy MakingPOLI7038115Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political EconomyPOLI6003215Optional
International Terrorism under QuestionPOLI6007215Optional
Media and International CrisesPOLI6026215Optional
Media,Politics & PolicyPOLI7019115Optional
Understanding Governance: Policy-making in the 21st CenturyPOLI7027115Optional
Critical Globalisation StudiesPOLI7028215Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political EconomyPOLI7031115Optional
EU as an International ActorPOLI7085115Optional
Democracy: Theory & PracticePOLI7087115Optional
Governance and the Welfare StatePOLI7089215Optional
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