You must take courses to the value of three units and a dissertation. The programme is divided into three main parts:
Part I: Foundation
A choice of two out of three courses which provide a basic training in the history and theory of European integration, an introduction to central debates in European Union politics and government, and analyses of the EU in the world.
(* denotes a half unit)
History and Theory of European Integration*
Examines the causes and nature of European Integration.
Policy-Making in the European Union*
Provides a detailed knowledge of how national and EU institutions interact in European policymaking.
The EU in the World
Covers the development of the external activities of the European communities since 1957, including the development of European political cooperation and the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Part II: Specialisation
You will choose courses to the value of one and a half or two units (depending on compulsory course selections) from a range of options including, but not limited to: policy-making and public policy in the European Union; democracy and representation; state and economy; ideas of Europe; regional and domestic politics in Europe; and the international relations of Europe. You can choose to to have a degree specialisation by taking courses to a total value of at least one full unit from one of the programme's specialist clusters.
- Cluster 1: Policy Making and Public Policy in the European Union
- Cluster 2: Integration and Forms of Governance in the European Union
- Cluster 3: Democracy and Representation in the European Union
- Cluster 4: State and Economy within the European Union
- Cluster 5: Ideas of Europe
- Cluster 6: Regional and Domestic Politics in Europe
- Cluster 7: The International Relations of Europe
- Cluster 8: Methods
Part III: Dissertation
You will complete a 10,000 word essay on an advanced topic of relevance to the programme. Additionally, you will take Research Methods and Design in EU Politics to prepare for the dissertation, and are recommended to take Engaging with Europe: Professional Skills – a programme of guest lectures from distinguished external speakers, including policy-makers, journalists and analysts from think tanks and business.
An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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