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European Public Policy

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Distance Learning )

Overview

This distance learning programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how policy is made and implemented within the EU, as well as the key political and theoretical debates within the field. This programme is ideal for students who either work or aim to work within the EU institutions, national and regional level institutions within the Member States, or NGOs, charities or companies where knowledge of EU Public Policy is important.

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Through studying public policy, you will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation.

You will study two compulsory modules in your first year: theories of the EU policy making process; and implementation and evaluation. In your second year you will be able to choose two of the following three options: case studies in EU policy making; the EU as an international actor; and a placement module.

You will also conduct your own independent 12,000 word research project on an area of EU public policy of choice.

Key features of this programme

  • The only programme of its type to be delivered via distance learning
  • Ideal for anybody wishing to combine work and study effectively
  • Draws on the world leading expertise in the School’s Centre for European Research.  The Centre has a unique inter-disciplinary focus crossing boundaries between law, politics, public policy, political economy and international relations
  • The School of Politics and International Relations has a strong tradition of public policy and this will be incorporated into the programme
  • Option to complete a placement module

Why study your MSc in European Public Policy with us?

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students.

We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The School also has a strong history of public policy which will be incorporated into the programme.

Unlike many graduate programmes in London you will be taught personally by lecturers who have internationally recognised expertise in international relations, public policy, politics of the developing world, economic globalisation, security studies, and critical theory. Our area expertise includes Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Facilities

You will have access to QMUL's comprehensive libraries, which include extensive online resources. You will also be able to use the main University of London Library at Senate House. The British Library can also be easily accessed as a research resource.

The School of Politics and International Relations runs a lively range of extra-curricular seminars and groups at that you can attend to complement your studies, including events run by our various research centres.

If you are a Distance Learning Student, as well as online lectures,  your course materials will be also available online and you will also receive the support of a dedicated tutor. 

Structure

All modules will be delivered online via QMUL's virtual learning environment, QMplus. You will work online with a dedicated tutor and fellow students to create a virtual learning community. Modules will consist of weekly online seminars in which students will be expected to participate during discussions. All of the material for the course will be available online. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further  hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Optional modules:

Students will be required to complete a 12,000 word dissertation.

Please note that the School of Politics and International Relations does not organise student placements for this programme. The placement module is intended for students who are currently working in a recognised organisation or can arrange a placement themselves.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7 (including 7 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office can be contacted here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
All modules will be delivered online via QMUL's virtual learning environment, QMplus. You will work online with a dedicated tutor and fellow students to create a virtual learning community. Modules will consist of weekly online seminars in which students will be expected to participate during discussions. All of the material for the course will be available online. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further  hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:
Students are assessed by coursework and a supervised 12,000-word dissertation.

 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
DL £4,100

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
DL £4,100

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate Employment

Career prospects

This course is ideal for students who either work or aim to work within the EU institutions, national and regional level institutions within the Member States, or NGOs, charities or companies where knowledge of EU Public Policy is important.

Students who study European Public Policy move on to careers in the EU institutions and NGOs, media outlets, charities and interest groups, as well as their equivalents at EU member state level.

Specific roles graduates might take after finishing the course include:

  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Positions in Private industry, NGOs, charities, lobby groups
  • EU Fast Stream, as well as those at Member State Level

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