MA European Public Policy

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

MA European Public Policy

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

MA European Public Policy

The MA in European Public Policy offers both the chance to learn about the unique but challenging experiment of European integration and to prepare for a career in the European Union’s institutions or related organisations. Centred around the European policy process, students come to understand the scope, content, mechanisms and politics of EU public policy. This gives them a strategic understanding of the policy landscape in which they aspire to operate. The curriculum is inter-disciplinary in nature and focuses both on domestic and foreign policies. Knowledge of EU policies is systematically complemented by critical analysis.

Studying Europe in its capital, Brussels, offers a unique context for learning. Based close to the EU’s main institutions, BSIS offers various opportunities to get the first-hand experience of EU policies: from attending conferences, over guest lectures by EU officials, to internships in one of the many institutions or organisations.

Key facts


  • 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.


The aims of the MA in European Public Policy are to:

  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which ensures a good grounding in the study of Social Science in general, in Public Policy and its formulation, and in European Public Policy in particular.
  • Offer a critical perspective of the interplay between International Relations, European Politics, and European integration, as they relate to the inputs, processes, systems and policy outcomes at the European level.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of Social Science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of European Public Policy in particular.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to policy making and policy analysis, the historical development of the contemporary European policy landscape, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field.
  • Ensure that students acquire the necessary skills for advanced assessment of contemporary problems in European politics, society, and economy, and their solutions.
  • Produce the policy-relevant knowledge, as well as analytical and research skills, which are valued in employment contexts linked to EU- and national policy-making.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation.


The MA in European Public Policy is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.

The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.

To be awarded a standard MA in European Public Policy, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in European Public Policy. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.


The programme is divided into a number of blocks called modules. Each module carries 20 credits (10 ECTS). The dissertation carries 60 credits (30 ECTS).

Candidates who complete 6 taught modules and the dissertation are eligible for the standard MA in European Public Policy (90 ECTS) whilst those who complete an additional three modules are eligible for the extended MA in European Public Policy (120 ECTS).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2015
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