MA - Two Capitals Programme
The University of Kent's Two Capitals Programme gives students a unique opportunity to learn about international affairs in a global context. Students spend one year at the Brussels School of International Studies before moving to another global capital to broaden their understanding of international studies.
The programme allows students to specialise in one of the following disciplines; international relations, conflict and security, international political economy, public policy or international development, as well as experience different approaches to international studies on different continents and in different global capitals. Students on the exchange programme gain an insight into the nature of change as an endemic feature of politics on a national, regional and global scale; an understanding of the causes of change; and ways in which to manage that change. They also gain a firm understanding of the complex relationship between the concerns of domestic and international politics, and global and geopolitical issues.
Applicants, who should initially apply for one of the programmes listed below, will be expected to have completed the taught courses of their chosen programme and have achieved an average of a Merit before applying for one of the exchanges as part of the Two Capitals Programme. A decision on whether a student may undertake an exchange will be made in May for those students who started their masters in the previous September and in February for those students who started in January.
- MA in International Relations
- MA in International Conflict and Security
- MA in European Public Policy
- MA in International Development
- MA in International Political Economy
The Two Capitals Programme in Washington DC is based on exchange agreements with Virginia Tech and George Mason University.
- Students wishing to undertake their exchange at Virginia Tech (VT) will be enrolled on the Government and International Affairs programme of the School of Public and International Affairs on VT's National Capital Region Campus in Alexandria and will study towards a Masters in Public International Affairs (MPIA).
- Students wishing to study at George Mason University will be enrolled on Master of Public Policy programme at the School of Public Policy in Arlington, VA.
The Two Capitals Programme in Beijing is based upon an exchange agreement with the Chinese Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) which is the only institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. The University trains high calibre Chinese diplomats in the fields of Foreign Service, international studies, and international business and law and offers an unparalleled experience for foreign students.
Under the current exchange students attend CFAU’s First Term (Sep to Jan) and have the opportunity to learn the Chinese language alongside political science courses in English:
- China’s Economy & Its Economic Relations with Foreign Countries
- International Relations: Theory and Practice
- History of Sino-American relations
- Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences
- Introduction to International Relations
- Diplomacy of Contemporary China
- Contemporary Diplomacy of China in World Politics
- Foreign Policy Analysis
The University covers the cost of tuition and provides insurance cover, however, students are expected to pay for flights, accommodation and living expenses. Accommodation costs at CFAU are about €180 per month per person; two person room with en-suite facilities.
Work is currently underway to develop exchange agreements in Bogota, Brasilia, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul and Ankara.
Last updated August 31, 2015