Politics and International Relations

European Governance

The European Union profoundly shapes the way politics and democracy work in Europe and is an influential actor on the global stage. It is a fascinating political system, whose complex nature generates passions and controversies and is at the forefront of today’s political debates. Launched in 2004, this was the first Master’s in European Governance offered in the UK and has established itself as one of the leading programmes in the field worldwide. It is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the EU to those wishing to specialise on European affairs and prepare for a career in the EU policy-making sphere or as a specialist on Europe in the rest of the world. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach drawing from a wide range of courses in Politics, International Relations, Law and Sociology, with particular focus on the constitutional design, processes of decision-making, public policy analysis and the role of the EU in the world. The programme draws on Kent’s vast pool of expertise on European Politics, International Relations and Law and benefits from the presence of the Centre for Federal Studies, an internationally renowned research centre on multi-level political systems.

Programme structure

The European Governance programme is offered in four versions, ranging from seven to 24 months in duration. This page details the structure of the Master of Arts [MA] and the Postgraduate Diploma [PDip]; please see separate pages for the 120 ECTS and the International Double Award versions, which give you the opportunity to study for two years and spend either a term or the entire second year at one of our partner universities and be awarded in the latter case two Master’s degrees. 

Full-time students complete the MA in European Governance – worth 180 Kent [90 ECTS] credits – over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. Full time students complete the PDip in European Governance – worth 120 Kent [60 ECTS] credits – over seven months. The PDip comprises six taught modules only – i.e. without a dissertation.

Both the MA and the PDip can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and – in the case of the MA – write a supervised dissertation thereafter.



Summer term

Dissertation - required for the MA only

PO998 Dissertation



Details of this programme are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.

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Last Updated: 22/08/2013