Through a combination of core and specialist modules, the MSc in European Politics will enable you to analyse the multifaceted origins, evolution and development of the European political system.
You will explore the application of a range of foundational theories and contemporary concepts that make up the canon of European and International Relations.
With the fundaments firmly in place, you will then interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of European political, economic and socio-cultural philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance in order to better understand the role of European states, and the EU, in the global political system.
Modules on European Politics (including a concentration on the Diplomacy specialism) examine the development and operation of European institutions, actors, law, public and foreign policies, the role of Member States, and the relations between EU and the rest of the world.
Formal lectures and interactive seminars help to explore Europe as a local, regional and global actor, analysing its place within political, legal and economic structures, and weighing up the efficacy of its policies.
Based on nationally and internationally-recognized teaching styles, graduate classes in European Politics are guaranteed to be engaging and interactive, ranging from simulation games that reflect the actual workings of a given European institution via negotiation-based group work, to detailed analysis of key European treaties or policies. In addition, you will be encouraged to produce work in the form of briefing notes, blogs, and pieces of advocacy, both individually and within groups, in a way that helps you focus on the contemporary challenges that Europe faces within its regional and international arenas. This ensures that you complete the MSc in European Politics with an advanced knowledge of your chosen area, thanks to the most contemporary of pedagogic styles.
You will follow 5 core modules, which provide a comprehensive foundation for the pathway as a whole. The modules are taught to all graduate students within the Politics/IR programme, introducing them to basic concepts, working approaches, research methodologies and current political dilemmas that help link the scholarly subject matter of International Relations, Politics and European Politics to real-world issues.
- Research Methods 1, and Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (Autumn term)
- Research Methods 2, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (Spring term)
- The MSc Dissertation in European Politics and Diplomacy (Spring and Summer terms)
All five of these graduate modules have been carefully and methodically laid out in a clear and comprehensive fashion, preparing you in the most thorough and engaging way possible to manage your accompanying specialism modules, and subsequently undertake the graduate dissertation that completes the totality of the degree pathway. Designed in a comprehensively interdisciplinary manner with colleagues from across the School of Politics, Psychology and Sociology, the two Research Methods modules are specially designed to introduce you to both the fundaments of graduate study, and the research requirements appropriate for European Politics, as well as International Relations and Politics.
The working practices and methods laid out in the two Research Methods modules provide you with the historical and theoretical foundations of social and political science, and then move on to examine the full range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, analytical, methodological and writing skills. The objectives of these foundational courses are reinforced in the two associated core modules: Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations, in which you will gain a genuinely multi-dimensional perspective on the classical theories and contemporary analysis that comprises the world of European Politics, and the particular challenges of their Diplomacy specialism.
Attention is paid to developing transferrable skills in all five of these core modules, generating a variety of viable research skills and techniques, a range of written outputs, and increasing confidence in giving oral presentations. From this foundation of 80 credits, you then take another 40 credits of taught modules, deepening your Diplomacy specialism, and further preparing them for your selected dissertation topic in the area of European Politics. The dissertation is the culmination of the postgraduate learning experience in European Politics, drawing upon the wide range of intellectual and skills developed throughout the degree pathway, and providing an extended opportunity for you to undertake independent work, display individual thought, and take responsibility for the management of your own learning.
MSc in European Politics (Diplomacy Specialism)
|Research Methods 1 and 2 (40 Credits)
|Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (20 Credits)
|Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (20 Credits)
|EU Strategic Culture
|European Power and Security
|Dissertation: Assessing European Diplomacy (60 Credits)