This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state, and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand.
What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?
Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organizations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) program is your foot in the door.
This one-year, postgraduate program has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European countries on the other. In promoting comparative approaches, MEPP not only seeks to strengthen cognitive capacities and analytical skills but also to foster an open-minded attitude to diversity.
Interactive courses in small groups
Experience our excellent research-based education in a small and international student group, providing you all the opportunities for a rich learning experience. A specific focus is placed on the use of case studies; the emphasis is placed on how problems can be solved. Moreover, each class involves a considerable amount of self-study and assignments that are meant to help you assimilate the information presented quickly and effectively. Added value is created by giving attention to the practical challenges of professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions.
An explicit European Policy and Public Administration program
A strong core of compulsory courses acquaints you with the comparative study of public policies, administration, and management in different member states and on the political dynamics of European integration itself. The rich variety of electives enables you to explore particular interests. You will gain necessary research skills, culminating in a dissertation.
Application deadline for 2018-2019
- 1 March 2018 (for non-EEA citizens)
- 1 June 2018 (for EEA citizens)
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie.
The current tuition fee is 3,500 euro for EEA-students and 6,000 euro for non-EEA-students. The tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2018. Please consult the website for the most recent information: www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.
The MEPP program is part of the wider European Master of Public Administration Network (EMPA). The following institutions are full partners of the MEPP program:
- Université de Genève (Switzerland)
- Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary)
- Universität Speyer (Germany)
- Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France)
- Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
- Leiden University (The Netherlands)
- Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
- Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
- Sciences Po Lyon (France)
- University of Limerick (Ireland)
- University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
MEPP students are offered the opportunity to continue the second semester of their study program at one of the EMPA institutions listed above. They receive a travel reimbursement and are exempted from paying any additional registration fees. Successful students will be awarded an EMPA certificate, signed by both the home university and the partner institution. More information on the procedure for participation in the EMPA exchange program can be found on our website.
This is an advanced Master's program and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Is this the right program for me?
To embark on the MEPP program, you should have a solid background in and knowledge of the institutional developments and political processes in your home country, as well as those at the international and/or European level. In addition, you should show a genuine interest in comparative analysis and in the European integration process. We expect you to be open to diversity in the European context and to have excellent communicative skills in view of group work and academic writing of publications and reports.
The program aims at developing students with the following profile:
- As a comparativist, you will have the cognitive capacities and analytical skills to make a comparative study of public sector structures, policymaking and administration within Europe at the sub-state, state, and EU level.
- As a researcher, you will be able to analyze problems, specific to the public sector, with respect to its social and political context. Throughout the program, you will acquire the necessary skills for Ph.D. research in political science and public administration.
- As a Political/Policy Analyst, you will be able to independently analyze, evaluate and formulate suggestions on the basis of results of scientific research and theoretical insight on policy problems and developments. You will be trained as present-day or future practitioners in political, administrative or consultative functions in the public sector in Europe.
The Master of European Politics and Policies is an advanced one-year master program with strict admission requirements. These admission requirements are:
- A good understanding of public administration, international and European organizations or politics in your home country and on the European level as demonstrated by holding a degree in political science, sociology, law, economics or contemporary European history. Candidates with a degree in other fields can be admitted on the grounds of professional experience in public policy or public administration or based on a complementary study in a relevant field.
- The university degree (master's degree or four-year bachelor's degree) should be obtained 'cum laude' at an internationally recognized university.
- All non-native speakers are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language, by submitting the results of an internationally recognized language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS).
This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organizations, pressure groups, and the private sector. The MEPP program can also be considered as a preparation for Ph.D. research in political science and public administration.
Throughout their program, master students in European politics and policies acquire domain-specific knowledge, skills and attitudes. Graduated masters in European politics and policies have reached the following learning outcomes:
- The students can describe, explain and illustrate the possibilities and limitations of the disciplinary knowledge and state-of-the-art theory specific to public management, public administration and public policy analysis in Europe from a comparative perspective.
- The students can recognize, contextualize, explain and interpret political phenomena and developments in the public sector on the basis of their knowledge and insights into public management, public administration and public policy in Europe.
- The students understand the normative assumptions and implications of theories from public management, public administration, and public policy.
- The students can integrate their knowledge of different related disciplines (political science, law, economics, sociology, and/or psychology) into the domain-specific knowledge of public management, public administration, and public policy.
- The students can approach the field of public administration analytically and critically as enthusiast comparativists by assessing governance problems in Europe with an open mind for diversity.
- The students can independently transform a complex problem into research questions, a research design and prepare independently a complete empirical cycle to formulate an answer to each research question.
- The students can find, select, critically assess and use correct references for relevant and complex resources and information and they can use these resources independently for their own research.
- The students can apply the fundamental and comparative research processes and methods of social sciences.
- The students recognize the importance of an empirical foundation for knowledge acquisition and are able to analyze and critically value the results of scientific research.
- The students can make their own creative contribution to scientific disciplinary knowledge by communicating their own research results truthfully and meticulously in writing a scientific paper.
- The students know and take into account the ethical rules of the discipline and scientific research in general.
- The students identify the relevant structures of the public sector in Europe and analyze its function within society.
- The students describe the changes occurring in the environment of public sector organizations and can critically assess the impact of these changes on government.
- The students can identify the different actors and levels of governance in the public sector organizations in Europe and can critically assess the impact of these actors on public management, administration, and policy-making from a multi-level-governance perspective.
- The students can describe the structures and processes through which policy in Europe is formed and can critically analyze the political processes of power acquisition.
- The students can communicate, clearly and unambiguously, by giving oral or written reports and presentations to different stakeholders.
- The students can work on a complex project, effectively and efficiently, through working meticulously, planning, organizing, setting priorities and meeting deadlines.
- The students can work in a diverse team and make a constructive contribution to a common result.
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