Master of Arts in Contemporary European Affairs

General

Program Description

A double degree in European Studies

The MA in Contemporary European Affairs is an innovative and ambitious two-year double-degree, organized conjointly by Liverpool Hope University and ESPOL. The program, taught in English, aims to produce graduates with expert knowledge of how the EU operates, from both a British and a European perspective. It is designed to give students a strong basis of understanding of contemporary Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Drawing on law, politics, economics and social policy, the program’s goal is to train students who can aspire to steer future relations between post-Brexit Britain and EU Member States.

A key part of the programmatic plan is to provide a multi-cultural setting framework for learning, so students will enter employment comfortable with working in cosmopolitan surroundings. Students on this two-year double-degree program will benefit from the experience of working in two different institutions and will have access to language training, career development modules and internship options.

The first year is spent at Liverpool Hope, the second year takes place at ESPOL. Upon successful completion of the two years, you will receive two degrees: a Master’s in Contemporary European Affairs from Liverpool Hope and a Master's in Global and European Politics from ESPOL. The program includes an Integrated dissertation co-supervised by a professor from Liverpool Hope and from ESPOL.

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Program

Core courses

  • Theories of European integration (Liverpool Hope)
  • Contemporary dynamics of integration (Liverpool Hope)
  • Approaches to the analysis of integration (Liverpool Hope)
  • European History (ESPOL)
  • Politics of European Identity and Culture (ESPOL)
  • European Economic Governance (ESPOL)
  • Public Policy of the EU (ESPOL)

Optional courses (examples)

  • European human rights law (Liverpool Hope)
  • The European Union as a global actor (Liverpool Hope)
  • Comparative social policy and globalization (Liverpool Hope)
  • Varieties of nationalism in modern Europe (Liverpool Hope)
  • The awkward partner: Britain and Europe (Liverpool Hope)
  • International Relations (ESPOL)
  • European Food & Agricultural Policy (ESPOL)
  • Global History (ESPOL)
  • Digital Democracy (ESPOL)
  • Politics of International Law (ESPOL)

+ intensive language modules
+ career development workshops
+ master’s dissertation

ESPOL makes every effort to ensure that course information is accurate and up-to-date. However, courses, services, and other matters may be subject to change

Career opportunities

A key part of the programmatic plan is to provide a multi-cultural setting framework for learning, so students will enter employment comfortable with working in cosmopolitan surroundings. Graduates of the program pursue successful careers in

  • The European institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission;
  • Public administrations at the national and sub-national level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies in need of an expert of European affairs;
  • European NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups;
  • Business and journalism;
  • Academia.
Last updated Dec 2019

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