Would you like to understand the European dimensions of governance? Do you hope to be a policymaker, tackling transnational problems and implementing transnational solutions? Or would you like to find new ways as a public affairs professional or lobbyist to get your issues on the agenda and influence policymakers? If you have the interest and the motivation, we can offer you the knowledge and the skills to succeed.
The master's programme in European Public Affairs provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. You will learn to think in European terms and will gain practical experience working in international teams to solve European policy problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. This will prepare you for an excellent career in European public affairs and public service.
Why this programme?
The master's programme in European Public Affairs (EPA) provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. The policy context in the European Union is complex, and contemporary policy problems transcend national and disciplinary borders. You will, therefore, learn various academic concepts, theories and research methods from disciplines such as political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration. You will use this knowledge to research, analyze and critically evaluate EU policy problems. You will also be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration. You will put this knowledge and these skills to work by teaming up with your fellow students to develop concrete solutions to real policy problems.
European developments can only be understood within a wide context, against a background of different disciplines. For instance, the financial crisis and the EU’s response – or lack of response – cannot be completely understood from merely an economic or financial perspective. The response of the EU can only be grasped by not only understanding the different national legal and institutional market and banking regulations, but also the various socio-economic and cultural perceptions. The European Public Affairs programme will teach you to recognize and appreciate these differences, which will help you to formulate effective policy.
EPA combines theory and practice. As an academic programme, it is research-based. But it is still oriented towards professional practice, as you will develop the capacity to apply academic ideas. You will work in small teams with your fellow students to analyze real-life policy problems within their contexts. Together, you will learn to design and assess potential solutions that are applicable ‘on the ground’. This practical approach, which is further enhanced by our close collaboration with EU public affairs professionals, ensures there is a direct link between the ‘classroom’ and the ‘professional world’.
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Last updated February 18, 2018