Politics and International Relations

European Governance (120 ECTS credits)

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 the presence of the Centre for Federal Studies, an internationally renowned research centre on multi-level political systems, and offers you the opportunity to spend a term at Sciences Po Paris, The University of Siena in Italy or The University of Tampere in Finland.

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 MA (120 ECTS credits) version; please see separate pages for the one year MA and the International Double Award versions, the latter giving you the opportunity to study for the entire second year at one of our partner universities and be awarded two Master’s degrees. 

Full-time students complete this version of the MA in European Governance – worth 240 Kent [120 ECTS] credits – over twenty-four months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students a total of nine taught modules must be taken, over two terms in the first year and in the first term of the second year. Students may spend the first term of the second year at one of our partner universities Sciences Po Paris, The University of Siena in Italy or The University of Tampere in Finland, subject to approval by the Programme Director and subject to having achieved an average of 50% in the first year. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the second year.

This version of the programme can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over four years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over four years, part-time students do three modules in each of the first three academic years and write a supervised dissertation in the fourth year.

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

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Last Updated: 20/06/2013