As students we were respected and encouraged by our professors to engage in critical discussions about their own research as colleagues which I have not experienced at other institutions." Caiden Heaphy MA in Governance and International Politics
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent).
Delivered jointly by Aston University and the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) de Rennes, France
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Duration: 1 year full time 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: £2,400 to be paid at Aston & €2,100 to be paid at Rennes Non-EU: £6,900 to be paid at Aston & €6,600 to be paid at Rennes
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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This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, taking a number of core and optional modules. They then spend semester two at Sciences Po, Rennes, where they study a further suite of core modules through the medium of French language, before moving on to undertake a related internship, and completing a final “Rapport de Stage”.
This is a demanding programme, which challenges students to engage fully with study opportunities in both learning institutions, but it is a rewarding experience, developing life-long skills and opening up new professional opportunities to its graduates.
The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Assessment method: The assessment is by class presentation (15%) and by one 3000 word essay (85%).
Assessment method: Assessment will be by way of a presentation (15%) and one 3000 word essay (85%).
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.
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:
Read what the staff have to say about their programme:
DPhil (Politics) Sussex University, MA (Comparative Politics), BA (French and European Studies)
“This Joint MA delivered by Aston and by Sciences Po, Rennes, enhances and enriches students’ understanding of issues of contemporary governance and international relations, through its unique blend of teaching in the UK and in France, complemented by a professional work placement. I can think of few other Masters programmes which produce such well-rounded graduates, who are able to speak competently and with authority about the nature of global affairs today.”