MA EU External Relations

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

MA EU External Relations

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

MA European Public Policy

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.

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 EU External Relations 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 EU External Relations 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 EU External Relations, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in EU External Relations. 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 October 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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17,300 EUR
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