MA in the European Union and International Relations

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Aston has given me an introduction to the world of research and academia and the tools to apply and obtain a scholarship to pursue a PhD."

Marion Greziller
Double MA Europe and the World

Entry requirements

2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent). 

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

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Politics and International Relations as Aston is ranked 13th in the UK by the Sunday Times League Table, 2016
Develop wide-ranging skills of critical analysis and approaches to the study of European integration and international relations.
Active membership of the Aston Centre for Europe, a thriving research hub which organises debates, study visits, and conferences and seminars on current international issues
Study at a leading centre for research on contemporary Europe and international relations.

Duration: Full time 1 year. Part time 2 years

Start date(s): October  

Distance learning available: No

Entry requirements:
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent). 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Fees for 2018/19: 
UK/ EU: £6,500 
Non-EU: £14,400 
*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

Sample Module Options

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules

  • Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003)
  • The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020)
  • Dissertation (LRM005)

Choice of options totalling 60 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave.

  • International Relations Theory (LPM006)
  • The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007)
  • Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011)
  • Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013)
  • Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014)
  • Religion and Politics (LPM015)
  • Partisan Politics in Europe (LPM019)
  • Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022)
  • International Political Communication (LPM023)
  • Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026)
  • International Ethics and Literature (LPM027)
  • Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029)*
  • International Security (LPM034)
  • Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036)
  • EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037)
  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038)
  • Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039)
  • Rethinking European Integration (LPM040)
  • International Political Thought (LPM016)
  • 20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme


You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group.

All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels. 

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.),
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks,
  • careers in government administration,
  • further postgraduate research at PhD level,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.
You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.
A complete list of Politics and International Relations staff can be found HERE.

Read what the staff have to say about their programme:

The Institutions of the European Union

Dr Carolyn Rowe - MA Programmes Director. A contributing author of ''The Institutions of the European Union'' (Oxford University Press)

PhD (European Politics) University of Birmingham; MA (European Studies) Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; BA (Modern and Medieval Languages) University of Cambridge

“This multi-dimensional study programme develops students’ understanding of the EU as a Global Actor, and how it relates to other international organisation. It pushes students hard, but a demanding programme really encourages them to excel!”

Nat Copsey Book Cover

Dr Nathaniel Copsey - Head of Study Group

DPhil (Political Science) Sussex; MA (European Political and Administrative Studies) College of Europe; BA (Modern History) Oxford

“The MA in the European Union and International Relations programme encourages students to develop their critical thinking and engage in contemporary debates about the EU’s role in the world. It is a fascinating world of study”


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