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European Politics & Governance MA

Course Details

Course Code: MAEPGOTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Masters

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr. Frank Haege
Address:
Department of Politics and Public Administration.
Email:
frank.haege@ul.ie
Tel:
353-61-234897
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Brief Description

The MA in European Politics and Governance provides students with an advanced understanding of how European societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, it offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policy-making in the European Union and its member states.

The MA in European Politics and Governance is a one-year full-time programme designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of how European societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. The ability of national governments to determine domestic policy outcomes is increasingly limited by interdependencies with local and European levels of government. Furthermore, the distinction between governmental and non-governmental organisations is increasingly blurred when the formulation and implementation of policies relies heavily on the cooperation of private actors. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, the programme offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policy-making in Europe.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
  • Graduate Research Methods 
  • One elective module
  • Graduate Seminar in European Governance 
  • Research Methods (progressing dissertation) 
  • Two elective modules
  • Dissertation
Electives:

Representative Democracy in Europe, Collaborative Governance and Leadership, Comparative Climate Policy and Politics, Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict, Graduate Seminar in International Relations, Global Justice, Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory, Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding, Graduate Seminar in Development, Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues.

Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels, including seminar discussions with practitioners and visits to the European institutions and other international organisations (not included in tuition fees; offer subject to a minimum number of participants).

 

Applicants must have a primary degree in a social science or related discipline, with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English.

What to Include with Your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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The programme equips students with the substantive knowledge and analytical and transferable skills necessary to pursue a successful career in civil society and other non-governmental organisations, think tanks, interest groups, media organisations, local, national, and European administrations. The programme also provides the foundations for further doctoral research in the areas of Irish Politics, Comparative Public Administration, and European Union Politics.