Politics and International Relations

European Governance (International Double Award)

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. In addition to 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, this version of the European Governance programme offers you the unique opportunity to spend a second year at a leading institution in mainland Europe and earn a second Master’s degree.


Teaching on this programme is based on lectures and seminars, typically one hour each, weekly, per course. Both lectures and seminars are given by full time members of the staff who have internationally-recognised expertise in their fields and are informed by the latest research and scholarship. Assessment is mainly by coursework, typically two essays of different lengths and a seminar presentation, supplemented in some courses by an examination. The dissertation is a supervised piece of individual research.



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


School of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 22/08/2013