Master in Global and European Politics

General

Program Description

Europe and the EU in a changing world

Our interdisciplinary master’s program in Global and European Politics is an advanced postgraduate degree focusing on the political, social, and philosophical dimensions underpinning the European Union, its governance, its place and role in world politics. By exploring the multi-level interaction between public actors (the Member States, EU institutions, etc.) and private actors (companies, networks, NGOs, etc.) in Europe, the program provides students with a thorough knowledge of the formal and informal rules of European affairs and of the conflicts that shape them, but also the necessary know-how to understand and act upon European politics. This degree is designed for future professionals in European and world politics.

Overview

Understanding political challenges in Europe today requires analyzing the multi-level interaction between public actors (the Member States, EU institutions, etc.) and private actors (companies, networks, NGOs, etc.) in Europe. These interactions are places of constant struggle for the redefinition of the rules of the game of both European and world politics.

This program, therefore, provides students with a thorough knowledge of the formal and informal rules of European affairs and of the conflicts that shape them. Students will acquire the necessary know-how and the conceptual tools to understand, analyze, and act upon European politics. The study program will allow students to develop innovative policies for the public and private sectors in Europe, at local, national, and European levels.

Career opportunities

  • The European institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, are natural outlets for this training program;
  • European NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups, and lobbies often recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
  • Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in European studies;
  • Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access Ph.D. programs in order to pursue an academic career.

Study plan

Semester 1

Core courses

  • European History Public
  • Policy of the EU
  • Research courses
  • Introduction to Research & Epistemology
  • Political Science Research Methods

+1 optional course

+1 intensive language module

+1 career development course

Semester 2*

Core courses

  • European Governance
  • Global Economic Governance
  • Research courses
  • Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
  • Academic Writing Workshop

+1 optional course

+1 intensive language module

+1 career development course

* The second semester can also be completed in one of our 140 partner universities across the world.

Semester 3

Core courses

  • Politics of European Identity and Culture
  • Foreign Policy of the EU

+ master’s dissertation

+1 intensive language module

Semester 4

Core courses

  • EU Regional Policy
  • EU Environmental Policy

+2 optional courses

+1 intensive language module

+1 professional internship

Optional courses

In semester 1, 2, and 4, you will be able to further tailor your degree to your interests by choosing from a broad offer of optional courses, such as:

  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
  • Global Food Politics
  • Theories of security and contemporary challenges
  • Digital Democracy
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • European Food & Agricultural Policy
  • Armed conflicts and peacemaking
  • Politics of International Law
  • etc.

ESPOL Master’s admission procedure

How to apply

  1. Choose your preferred master’s program
  2. Review the eligibility and admission criteria 
  3. Take a language test (or provide results from a recent test; see below)
  4. Ask 2 former professors for reference letters, make sure to do this early enough to ensure your referees have enough time to reply.
  5. Create your account and submit your application through the admission platform: https://espaceadmission.univ-catholille.fr/
  6. Send the requested documents to: apply.espol@univ-catholille.fr 
  7. When accepted, complete your registration on https://espaceadmission.univ-catholille.fr/ 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for admission, students are required to submit:

  • An undergraduate level degree (180 ECTS or equivalent) at the time of entry to ESPOL. In principle, the ESPOL masters are open to all disciplinary backgrounds but previous courses in political sciences will be appreciated. Additional classes can be imposed for students without a political science background.
    • A Master level degree for countries in which universities do not award undergraduate qualifications.
  • A personal statement in English. Personal statements explain your interest in the study program and its aims.
  • A CV in English.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended (including exchange programs).
  • Proof of English language proficiency through one of the following completed tests (proof of registration for a test is not enough):
    • TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT or 60 PDF
    • IELTS Academic – 6.0
    • PTE Academic  – 54
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – grade C

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take an English test at a center due to the current situation, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.

A language test is not required for native English speakers or students with an undergraduate/graduate degree in English.

  • Two academic references, in English or French

Please do not add extra documents to your application beyond those listed above.

Admission criteria

Several criteria are taken into account for the evaluation of the admission:

  • Academic excellence: academic background and results.
  • Professional experience, including internships and public engagement.
  • Future plans and motivation, as explained in your personal statement.
  • Personal background.

Procedure

The ESPOL Master admission procedure is supervised by the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee is led by the Director of  Master’s Programs and is composed of the director of ESPOL and the Co-Directors of the Master’s Programs. The Admission Committee meets 5 times per year. The Admission Committee is supported in its tasks by the Admission Officer.

The standard procedure of admission at ESPOL involves 4 phases:

  • The eligibility phase: the eligibility of the candidate is checked by the Admission Officer. Eligibility status is communicated with the candidates by the Admission Officer as soon as possible through the admission platform.
  • The evaluation phase: desk-based evaluation of eligible candidates by two academic members of ESPOL, appointed by the Admission Committee, and following the admission criteria described above. Based on this double evaluation, the Admission Committee decides on the admission of the candidate to the interview phase.
  • The interview phase: candidates accepted to the interview phase are invited (by email) to an interview with one of the members of the Admission Committee. The interviews take place on Skype or face-to-face in Lille.
  • The admission decision: based on the results of the evaluation and the interviews, the Admission Committee decides upon the admission of the candidates. A candidate can be rejected, accepted, or waitlisted (see below). The final decisions of the Committee are communicated to the admission officer, who shares the individual decisions with the candidates by email and through the admission platform.

After the admission

  • Accepted candidates get an official acceptance letter by email. They are given a four (4) week registration deadline. While enrolment may still be possible once the registration deadline has passed, ESPOL only guarantees enrolment to candidates registered by the deadline.
  • Waitlisted candidates: Wait-listed students have not been formally accepted nor rejected and are offered admission if/when spaces become available, in the order defined by the Admission Committee. Spaces become available when accepted candidates have declined to register for the MA, or when the registration deadline for a candidate has passed. Every application round has its own waitlist. Waitlisted candidates who are offered admission are given a four (4) week registration deadline. While enrolment may still be possible once the registration deadline has passed, ESPOL only guarantees enrolment to candidates registered by the deadline.
  • Rejected candidates get an official rejection letter by email.

Appeal procedure

Candidates can appeal the decision of the Admission Committee by addressing a written statement within four weeks following the date of the decision. The appeal will be considered by the Admission Committee during their next following meeting. Appeals brought later than four weeks following the date of the initial decision will not be considered.

Scholarships

ESPOL’s Student Excellence Grant

As part of our commitment to talent, ESPOL issues Student Excellence Grants every year. The grants are intended to provide a source of financial support to the best candidates who have been offered admission for one of ESPOL’s master’s programs. The grant will be allocated primarily to incoming master students who have confirmed enrolment.

Grant criteria

The Student Excellence Grants are allocated based on the following criteria:

  • The degree of academic excellence, demonstrated by the candidate’s previous academic records;
  • The candidate’s motivation and the suitability of her/his professional project with regard to the master’s degree.

When and how to apply

As an accepted candidate to one of ESPOL’s master’s programs, the only thing you need to do to be considered for a Student Excellence Grant is to confirm your enrolment in the chosen program by completing your registration on the admission platform (https://espaceadmission.univ-catholille.fr/)  and paying the enrolment deposit (or the full tuition fees if you register from July onwards) by the registration deadline stated in your admission letter. Once confirmed, you will be automatically considered for the Student Excellence Grant.

How much you can get and how the grants are paid

Grants typically range from 1000€ to 2000€. The grant is awarded by check to the students once their enrolment in the program is confirmed. In the case of early drop-out or non-validation of the MA program, the total amount of the grant is to be reimbursed.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political ... Read More

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary education oriented towards political careers and Europe. As the successor to the School of Social and Political Sciences created within the Catholic University of Lille in 1894, ESPOL emphasizes on human values and on ethics of responsibilities - indispensable qualities for making one’s way in today’s world. Read less