MA in Governance

European Law and Governance School

Program Description

MA in Governance

European Law and Governance School

This one year taught degree program offers students an in-depth look at key issues of Governance and enables students to choose from a variety of elective courses addressing the most pressing themes being discussed throughout Europe.

To whom it is addressed

It is ideal for students with first degrees in the political and/or legal sciences who desire or require in-depth knowledge in key themes related to governance, with a special focus on the EU, for their professional advancement.

Students should note that this program can be the first step towards a research degree in the field of governance studies, specifically the MPhil or Ph.D.

Program Benefits

The MA in Governance is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research and best industry practices, as well as a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Program Content

The MA in Governance is a one year taught degree program with a thesis requirement, earning a total of 90 ECTS credits. Courses are led by key theorists and practitioners in their fields and delivered through classic lectures and interactive tutorials. Some courses will also integrate other teaching methodologies where appropriate, such as site visits to various public and private offices, as well as group presentations. Students must successfully complete 6 compulsory modules and 2 – 4 optional modules, followed by a 15,000-word thesis.

The list of available courses for 2016-2017 are as follows:*

Compulsory Modules

  1. Governance and Public Policy-Making
  2. International Institutions and Global Governance
  3. European Integration and EU Governance
  4. Research Methods for Governance Studies
  5. Public Administration and New Public Management
  6. Globalization, Regionalism and Global Governance

Indicative Elective Modules*
1. Comparative Politics and Governance
2. Good Governance and the Fight Against Corruption
3. Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development
4. Europeanization: Theory and Practice

* Course availability is subject to adequate enrolment

Academic Requirements

Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the MA in Governance should have a first or second class undergraduate degree in political sciences, law or a relevant field of studies, or another Master’s degree in a relevant field. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.

Language Requirements

All courses of the program will be taught in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:

  • TOEFL Internet-based, 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, B
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

Students intending to study at a partner institution for their second semester must clearly demonstrate their ability to attend courses in the relevant language of instruction at the host university they are interested in attending.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2019
1 year
Full time
11,850 EUR
Greece - Athens, Central Athens
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