The aim of the MSc in European Politics and Governance Programme is to provide a course of advanced study to those who aspire to become effective leaders in European affairs in both the private and public sectors. The MSc in European Politics and Governance curriculum is designed to explore the essential elements of EU policies and to prepare students for increasingly complex responsibilities in diplomacy, international organisations and the public sector, local government, and research and non-profit organisations. The core curriculum emphasizes both the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage EU affairs and to understand the larger international, European and national settings in which policy is developed and tasks are defined and assessed.
The programme provides up-to-date knowledge in a number of diverse disciplines that make up the field of European Studies such as business/ economics, politics, and law. In addition, the MSc in European Politics and Governance equips students with analytical, accountability, and leadership skills, enhance their decision-making ability and promotes organisational well-being within the context of a continually changing and competitive European environment.
A fundamental philosophy of the MSc in European Politics and Governance is its empirical approach to the study of governance, where the students’ newly acquired knowledge and skills are blended with their professional experience and are applied to real-life cases.
This approach broadens and deepens student understanding of cross-border issues and policy processes, fosters skills of research, analysis, synthesis, and creativity and encourages innovation and awareness of the role of competing international actors; finally, it develops awareness of social, cultural, and global issues affecting policy decisions.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods
The MSc in European Politics and Governance teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications, and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the MSc in European Politics and Governance is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class through active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that an MSc in European Polıtıcs and Governance requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.
Each course is evaluated through the completion of one midterm assessment which is explicitly mentioned in the study curriculum and the study guides (essays, literature critiques, article manuscript for the university’s student journal) during the semester and final examinations at the end of the semester. Should a student not attend the examination, or has failed to take a winter or spring semester examination, he or she is entitled to re-sit the examination.
Midterm assessment can take various forms as described earlier like essays, research articles, presentations, literature critiques, book reviews, etc, during the semester and corresponds to 40% of the final grade, while the final exam is 60%. For the student to succeed in a course, he/she must take both the final grade and the midterm assessment a grade of at least 50%. The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology.
In the third semester students complete their Dissertation which corresponds to 30 ECTS. The length of the thesis depends on the type. In the case of a bibliographic thesis, it cannot be less than 12,000 words and more than 15,000 words. The bibliography, the annexes, and the abstract are not included. After submission, the supervisor submits a written and reasoned report, with the student’s consent, to the members of the committee. Support for the thesis is done publicly or via an electronic videoconference before a three-member committee.
Advantages of the Programme
The international prestige and recognition of the Neapolis University of Pafos.
Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
International collaborations with many Universities.
The use of advanced technology and resources.
High Academic Calibre of the teaching staff.
Competitive tuition fees.