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Marion Greziller Double MA Europe and the World
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent).
Multicultural teaching environment: first year at Aston University, second year at Sciences Po Lille, France.
Duration: 2 years full time (first year at Aston, second year at Lille)
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: £6,000 Non-EU: £13,850 *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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An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, which offers students an internationally-oriented understanding of European and international affairs. Students spend the second semester of Year 2 of this programme undertaking an EU-focused internship.
Assessment method: Assessment for this module is on the basis of one 5, 000 word essay
Assessment method: Students prepare a 15,000 word dissertation on a research subject of their choosing, guided by a member of the academic staff.
Students learn to apply conceptual and ethical approaches to social science research, develop high-level quantitative and qualitative methods of social science data collection and data analysis.
Assessment method: Assessment is by one 5,000 word essay.
Assessment method: Assessment for this module is by way of one 4, 000 to 5, 000 word essay.
Assessment method: Assessment is by means of a portfolio (75%) and an exam (25%)
For the portfolio, students will be required to prepare short class presentations for each session and to complete one written assignment (2,500 words). The presentations ought to be accompanied by a one-page handout containing the main points. The assignment will be in form of a briefing paper/ policy analysis of a topical issue chosen by the student. The portfolio will contain the handouts and the briefing paper.
The module will then examine the broader issues of European security by looking at several case studies starting with European involvement in former Yugoslavia and moving onto more recent ESDP missions, including EUFOR Chad, EUPOL Afghanistan and EULEX Kosovo. By focusing on ESDP case studies, the module aims to explore wider issues concerning EU’s security policies such as its unique approaches to crisis management, military capacity and civilian-military dimensions of conflict intervention and state-building.
Assessment method: Assessment is by means of a campaign portfolio – materials and presentation, to include analysis of strategy deployed (20%) and one 3,500 word essay (80%).
Assessment method: Assessment for this module 4 bi-weekly submissions each worth 25 % To be submitted in class on the following weeks: 16, 18, 20, 22.
Assessment method: Assessment for this module is by one 5,000 word essay
Guiding questions of this module are: What are the key concerns of international security? What are perceived to be the key threats and how are they managed? Are international security concerns different to national security?
Assessment method: Assessment for this module is by means of one 3,000 word essay (85%). 15% of the grade for this module comes from presentation, preparation and involvement(15%): this involves a presentation to the group of around 20 minutes, as well as preparation for and contribution to the weekly seminar sessions.
After reviewing the treaty bases for policy and the legal system that has evolved to give effect to them, including the balance of powers between the institutions, the module examines the key policy areas affecting the European economy as set out in the basic instruments and developed at political level.
The module then focuses on two of the most important competences of the EU as regards economic policy, namely EU competition rules and the single market, and compares and contrasts the approaches to law and policy taken at European level in these fields.
Assessment method: Assessment for this module is by way of one 3, 000 word essay.
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.
“This is a unique MA programme that delivers a wide range of perspectives into European integration, Europe’s place in the world and relations with other global organisations. It provides excellent training for a career in the EU by allowing students to develop practical skills through an EU-focused internship. The opportunity to study in both English and French at two leading research centres is an excellent way to develop your career.”
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: