Brussels School of International Studies

 

MA EU External Relations

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
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In a quickly changing world, the European Union is a key actor. As the largest economy it is the first trading partner for many countries around the world. But by developing its own foreign and defence policy, it equally seeks to become a crucial diplomatic player. This MA programme responds to an increasing need to study the EU’s external relations at an advanced level. The EU is studied in its different dimensions, such as foreign policy, security and external relations law, but also from an outsider’s perspective in a context of global change and regional instability.

The programme draws heavily on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent.

By taking an interdisciplinary and critical look at the EU’s international role, this MA programme prepares students well for careers in diplomacy, research and employment in diverse organisations that deal with the external dimension of the EU.

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Programme Structure:

The MA in EU External Relations is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

MA in EU External Relations:

To be awarded an MA in EU External Relations in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here.
Or
- if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development & Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in EU External Relations. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than three law modules.

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MA in EU External Relations - Extended Programme:

To be awarded an MA in EU External Relations in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory

and:

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here
Or
- if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below:

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in EU External Relations. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than four law modules.

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This information is correct at the time of publication but subject to minor changes.

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Our student representatives are on hand to provide potential applicants, or offer holders advice and guidance when it comes to studying at BSIS.

Please feel free to email the students for information about what it is like to be a student here in Brussels and at BSIS. Student reps can offer advice and help related to relocation, searching for accommodation and settling in Brussels. Also, if you have questions about what a weekly or daily schedule might look like, our reps can offer some insight!

Name Fotis Kapsalis
Email fk208@kent.ac.uk
Programme EU External Relations
kapsalis

I am currently completing the EU External Relations programme and chose International Conflict and Security as a secondary specialisation. During my undergraduate studies, I pursued a BA in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in EU Law and minoring in EU Political Integration. I was born in 1991 in the Netherlands and I am from Greek and German descent, effectively confusing my identity. Despite this, I am a product of the European Commission’s European School System and therefore I finally cemented my identity as a proud European and a citizen of the world.

As a result, I am passionate about travelling, languages, cultures and foreign affairs. I aspire to create a career around these interests by joining the diplomatic corps of the European Union. I have adapted my courses at BSIS to achieve this. After completing EU International Relations Law, Theories of Conflict and Violence, Foreign Policy Analysis and I am currently completing Conflict and Security, European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century and International Diplomatic Law. What better place to complete this programme than in the EU’s capital?

Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions relating to the programme, the school, Brussels and accommodation. Enjoy!

 

 

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Last Updated: 16/03/2017