University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Introduction

BSIS (Brussels School of International Studies) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate School of the University of Kent bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics to provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration and the political economy and legal basis of a changing world order.

Around 200 students are pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees in Brussels. Degrees are full degrees of the University of Kent, and are also accredited by the higher education accrediting body for the Flemish Community in Belgium (NVAO) and recognised by the Flemish Government.

The students are drawn from over fifty countries worldwide. The strong international composition of our student body contributes significantly both to the academic as well as to the social experience at BSIS. The value-added of a location in Brussels is the opportunity to expose students of international issues to the working of major international organisations such as the EU and NATO and the many international and non-governmental organisations based in Brussels. Students have the added opportunity of undertaking an internship with one of these organisations.

" The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.

These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement. "

Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,

MA in International Relations

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MA - Two Capitals Programme

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Brussels USA District of Columbia China Beijing Colombia Bogotá Brazil Brasília Russia Moscow Japan Tokyo South Korea Seoul Turkey Ankara + 15 more

The University of Kent's Two Capitals Programme gives students a unique opportunity to learn about international affairs in a global context. [+]

MA - Two Capitals Programme The University of Kent's Two Capitals Programme gives students a unique opportunity to learn about international affairs in a global context. Students spend one year at the Brussels School of International Studies before moving to another global capital to broaden their understanding of international studies. The programme allows students to specialise in one of the following disciplines; international relations, conflict and security, international political economy, public policy or international development, as well as experience different approaches to international studies on different continents and in different global capitals. Students on the exchange programme gain an insight into the nature of change as an endemic feature of politics on a national, regional and global scale; an understanding of the causes of change; and ways in which to manage that change. They also gain a firm understanding of the complex relationship between the concerns of domestic and international politics, and global and geopolitical issues. Applicants, who should initially apply for one of the programmes listed below, will be expected to have completed the taught courses of their chosen programme and have achieved an average of a Merit before applying for one of the exchanges as part of the Two Capitals Programme. A decision on whether a student may undertake an exchange will be made in May for those students who started their masters in the previous September and in February for those students who started in January. MA in International Relations MA in International Conflict and Security MA... [-]

MA EU External Relations

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Brussels is the centre of European decision making. It is estimated that 60% of national legislation of EU member states originates, in some form, in Brussels. Anyone wanting to enter a career in civil service, either at the EU level or in a national government in Europe, must gain a strategic understanding of the scope, content, decision-cycle and implementation of policy in Europe. [+]

MA European Public Policy In a quickly changing world, the European Union is a key actor. As the largest economy it is the first trading partner for many countries around the world. But by developing its own foreign and defence policy, it equally seeks to become a crucial diplomatic player. This MA programme responds to an increasing need to study the EU’s external relations at an advanced level. The EU is studied in its different dimensions, such as foreign policy, security and external relations law, but also from an outsider’s perspective in a context of global change and regional instability. The programme draws heavily on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent. By taking an interdisciplinary and critical look at the EU’s international role, this MA programme prepares students well for careers in diplomacy, research and employment in diverse organisations that deal with the external dimension of the EU. Key facts Duration Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time. Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time Start: September or January. Aims The aims of the MA in EU External Relations are to: Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which ensures a good grounding in the study of... [-]

MA International Conflict and Security

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Understanding the dynamic and complex factors of modern conflict and fashioning effective and legitimate responses to the main contemporary security issues is a major challenge for the international community. [+]

MA International Conflict and Security Understanding the dynamic and complex factors of modern conflict and fashioning effective and legitimate responses to the main contemporary security issues is a major challenge for the international community. The MA in International Conflict and Security at the Brussels School of International Studies is carefully designed to provide the necessary knowledge, as well as analytical and practical skills to meet this challenge. The MA programme is structured to introduce students to the key concepts and theories necessary to understand contemporary international conflicts and security issues. Key facts Duration: Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time Start: September or January. Aims The aims of the MA in International Conflict and Security are to: Provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those seeking to prepare for careers in fields concerned with international conflicts and those with a general intellectual interest in contemporary security issues. Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international conflict and war, cooperation, security and peace. Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact in conflict situations. Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of the causes and dynamics of different kinds of contemporary conflict and security threats and the means to manage them. Ensure that students who specialise in regional conflicts acquire an advanced understanding of the historical, cultural, social and institutional context... [-]

MA International Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

The MA in International Development seeks to contribute to a critical understanding of contemporary issues in development and provides practical tools for a future engagement. [+]

MA International Development The MA in International Development seeks to contribute to a critical understanding of contemporary issues in development and provides practical tools for a future engagement. It considers theoretical, practical and ethical issues by interrogating development discourses, objectives and effects, and by seeking to understand forms of inclusion/exclusion and intervention in societies. Some issues covered are public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, trade and privatization, informal economies and finance, and technological initiatives. The MA in International Development is offered jointly by the School of Politics and International Relations, the Kent Law School and the School of Economics to provide students with an inter-disciplinary approach to development and to allow them to specialize in their field of interest, such as development economics, development and migration, development and conflict, or human rights. Students can choose between an economic stream and a politico-legal stream, complemented by a wealth of elective modules from various departments. BSIS attracts an exceptionally diverse and active student body that shares an enthusiasm for engagement in global affairs. Our students come from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas; many have spent extended periods abroad and/or worked for development institutions, a few have just finished their undergraduate studies. An important forum is the International Development Group, which meets regularly to discuss personal experiences, debate issues in development, invite guest speakers, attend conferences and workshops, and also to organize conferences. After their studies at BSIS, our students engage in careers in international affairs, including international organizations, non-governmental organizations and international business... [-]

MA International Migration

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

The MA in International Migration programme allows students to study migration – including human trafficking, asylum and forced migration as well as integration and citizenship. [+]

MA International Migration The MA in International Migration programme allows students to study migration – including human trafficking, asylum and forced migration as well as integration and citizenship – in the context of other fields or to focus on different aspects of migration. International Migration allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of the broader field of migration while enabling them either to specialise in migration or to examine the links between migration and fields ranging from development economics and conflict analysis to human rights law or international migration law. Key facts Duration: Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time Start: September or January. Aims The aims of the MA in International Conflict and Security are to: Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of social science in general and migration in particular. Offer a critical perspective of the interplay between migration and political, economic and social systems and processes. Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of migration in particular. Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to migration, the historical development of contemporary migration, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field. Ensure that students acquire the necessary skills for advanced... [-]

MA International Political Economy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

This programme is designed to equip students to address the global geopolitical and social transformation fostered by intensified trans-national economic integration in the early 21st century. [+]

MA International Political Economy The global economic and political order is in turmoil. This master's programme is designed to equip students to address the global geopolitical and social transformation fostered by intensified trans-national economic integration in the early 21st century. Key facts Duration: Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time Start: September or January. Aims The aims of the MA in International Political Economy are to: Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of Social Science in general and International Political Economy in particular. Offer a critical perspective of the interplay between structures and actors in the global economy, political systems and processes, individuals and the institutions of civil society. Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of Social Science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of International Political Economy in particular. Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to International Political Economy, the historical development of the contemporary global economy, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field. Ensure that students acquire the necessary skills for advanced assessment of contemporary problems in IPE and their solutions. Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation. Structure The MA in International Political Economy is offered... [-]

MA International Relations

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Day after day we experience what it means to live in an internationalising world. Grasping its essence, however, is all but evident. [+]

MA International Relations Day after day we experience what it means to live in an internationalising world. Grasping its essence, however, is all but evident. The MA in International Relations tries to grasp the complexity of international processes and to offer the necessary tools to understand its different dimensions (political, legal, economic) and the role of various actors (states, international organisations, business, etc.). The programme is built on the interaction of theory (how we approach the world), method (how we explore the world) and substance (what we know about the world). Students can choose five out of seven courses from a wide variety of electives. This allows them to assemble their personal programme, tailored to their interests and background. The programme builds on the long tradition of the University of Kent as a leading university in the field of international relations. By offering an MA in International Relations in Brussels, we place this expertise in the unique context of a European and international capital, host to the EU and NATO. More than a context, this aspect of Brussels as hotspot of international policy-making is actively integrated into the programme and reflected in the high number of high-profile diplomats and policy-makers lecturing at BSIS. Key facts Duration: Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time Start: September or January. Aims The aims of the MA in International Relations are to: Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a... [-]

MA Political Strategy and Communication

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Politics is not merely about power. Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda. [+]

MA Political Strategy and Communication Politics is not merely about power. Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda. Whether it be a political leader motivating people to follow, a government seeking allies for a policy in the international arena, a campaigner mobilizing supporters, or a high-priced corporate lobbyist explaining a client’s policy to legislators, all political ideas ultimately depend on them being communicated to an intended audience, with precision, efficiency and above all credibility. What are the appropriate forms of communication for a politician? What forms of ‘spin’ can work, and which do journalists see through? What are effective ways of framing a client’s perspective for government officials, and what are the entry points in the decision-making cycle that makes their communication strategy most effective? Brussels has emerged as the largest centre for international media, measured in the number of foreign correspondents, which has now exceeded the number in Washington DC. Brussels is also home to thousands of political lobbyists, engaged either as public relations specialists, political strategists, or corporate communications advisors. A recent study of graduates from BSIS who stay in Brussels shows that political communication is among their primary career destination. An MA in Political Strategy and Communication engages students in the practical issues of political delivery. The areas of political communication, political leadership, strategy, crisis management, political branding, and public relations are all the leading vocational aspects of a developed academic understanding of politics and international relations, and it is an area of... [-]

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Brussels School of International Studies

Address Brussels 1050, Belgium
Website http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/
Phone +32 2 641 17 21