Europe and the World Double MA

Study the innovative Europe and the World Double MA course at Aston University and Sciences Po Lille, to get an internationally-oriented understanding of European and global affairs.

This course will open for applications on October 15th 2022.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham and Sciences Po Lille, France

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Duration

2 years full-time

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

Overview
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Marion Greziller Double MA Europe and the World

“Aston offered a dual programme with Sciences Po Lille that combined European perspectives with an international relations perspective. After my undergraduate degree focused on the EU internally, I wanted to focus on EU’s external relations and get a broader overview of international relations. My lecturers were excellent, both academically and on a relational level, and were always available for guidance and help. The small class sizes meant that everyone knew each other, creating a very friendly atmosphere.”

Marion Greziller

Double MA Europe and the World

Marion Greziller Double MA Europe and the World

“Aston offered a dual programme with Sciences Po Lille that combined European perspectives with an international relations perspective. After my undergraduate degree focused on the EU internally, I wanted to focus on EU’s external relations and get a broader overview of international relations. My lecturers were excellent, both academically and on a relational level, and were always available for guidance and help. The small class sizes meant that everyone knew each other, creating a very friendly atmosphere.”

Marion Greziller

Double MA Europe and the World

Course outline and modules

The Europe and the World Double MA course at Aston is an innovative, two year masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, France. 

You will develop skills in critical analysis of contemporary European integration, regional cooperation and global governance in both English and French language and further your practical skills in European issues through undertaking an EU-focused internship during your second year.

You will spend the first year at Aston University in Birmingham in the UK, and the second year at Sciences Po Lille, France, benefitting from a multicultural teaching environment and the combined expertise and experience of teaching staff at two prestigious institutions.

What you’ll learn

As a student on the Double MA in Europe and the World, you will be able to tailor make the course to suit your interests and future career goals. The core modules focus on providing you with a broad understanding of the important developments in Europe and beyond. You’ll analyse the evolution of regional integration across the world, the role of European institutions, recent trends in politics, economics and society in Europe and beyond, and the impact of European integration at both national and supranational levels.

You’ll explore Europe as an economic power and relations with its immediate neighbours, its major partners such as the US, Japan and South-East Asia, particularly in the age of the euro, and its role in development and global environmental issues. While analysing these issues, you will evaluate what the trends appear to be, in the context of globalisation and world developments.

Throughout your MA, you will benefit from 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. The Department of Politics, History and International Relations also has strong links with the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement.

Modules

Core modules


Comparative Regionalism and Regional Cooperation (15 credits)

Regionalism remains an enduring feature of international order. This module will analyse the multifaceted role of regional institutions within a broader context of international order. Building from a solid theoretical platform, the module will focus on the differences and similarities in regional institution-building processes in different regions.

Typical topics taught in this module include: concepts and theories of regionalism and integration, issues of comparative regionalism, case studies of regional institution-building (e.g. EU, ASEAN), crises and critical junctures, regional and global order.


The Governance of Global Problems (15 credits)

The module aims at a critical appraisal of existing models to address global problems. Starting from a critical engagement with the two key concepts of globalisation and global governance, the module goes on to assess different international, transnational, regional and local strategies to deal with selected global - or globalised - issues.’


Research Design in the Social Sciences (15 credits)

The module enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of key methodological processes in social science research, focusing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. The module will provide a core understanding of research design and the core principles of qualitative and quantitative research with a practical component when suitable. Concretely, the students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of different types of methods. Additionally, during the second part of the module, focused on quantitative methods, students will learn basic statistics and how to implement them in SPSS.


Dissertation (60 credits)

Students will demonstrate their ability to design, conduct and report the results of a research project in the subject domain relevant to their programme. They will work independently, under the guidance of a supervisor. Preparing a masters dissertation (around 15,000 words) is a complex exercise which will strengthen and test various subject-specific and transferable research skills, including research methodology and academic writing.

Optional modules

You will choose five of the following modules, totaling 75 credits.


International Relations Theory (15 credits)


Conflict and Security (15 credits)


International Development (15 credits)


The State in the Global Context (15 credits)


Negotiation skills: EuroSim and Model UN (15 credits)


Migration and Forced Displacement (15 credits)


Religion, Politics and Development (15 credits)


The History and Politics of Decolonisation (15 credits)


Aston Global Advantage (15 credits)

 

Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

 

 

Post-study work visa

Graduate Immigration Route

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Find out more information about the Graduate Immigration Route.

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in Social Science, Language or a related subject. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation. Working knowledge of French language (CEFR B2).

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

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. All assignments are designed in a practical way to enable you to link your learning to real world issues. 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 degrees 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 department, Aston Centre for Europe and the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement.

During your postgraduate year, you will get the opportunity to select the EuroSim optional module. EuroSim is an annual international intercollegiate simulation of the European Union (EU). The purpose of this module is to educate you about the inner workings of the European Union, which will provide you with a great experience of how to use politics in a real-world setting.

Find out more about the module here.

You can also select the Aston Global Advantage as an optional module.

Study skills

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

Furthermore, 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.
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities and the Chaplaincy.

Assessment

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

Personal development

The MA focuses on developing your practical and employability skills, so assignments may include working with simulated negotiation sessions, and analysing speeches delivered by politicians. We also help you develop your presentation skills and public speaking, alongside classical assignments such as essay writing.

Students on this postgraduate course come to study at Aston from the UK and all different parts of the world, so you’ll become part of a diverse student community which will further broaden your horizons.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Davide Vampa

Politics and International Relations Research

Dr Laura Southgate

Listen to Laura discuss her research on China, US relations, and the likelihood of future conflict between the US and China.

Dr Davide Vampa

Listen to Davide discuss his research on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the relationship between the national and subnational authorities in the 5 largest countries of Western Europe.

Dr Ying Miao

Listen to Ying discuss her research on air inequality, and how socioeconomic classes can change the air quality individuals access.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2023/24): £11,850*

International/EU students (2023/24): £22,750*

*This tuition fee is for the first year of the course at Aston University and does not include the tuition fee requirement for the partner institution.

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

UK postgraduate loans

If you're thinking about studying a masters course with us, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to help with course fees and living costs. Find out more here.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

 

Cost shouldn't limit your career aspirations, which is why we are delighted to offer all Aston graduates (including exchange students) a 20% loyalty scholarship in standard taught MA, MSc and Full-time MBA course fees.

This means that as an Aston University graduate applying to our Double MA Europe and the World course, you could save...

£2,370

UK students
(Total saving equivalent to 20% of the annual tuition fee)

£4,550

International/EU students
(Total saving equivalent to 20% of the annual tuition fee)

As an Aston University graduate you will automatically qualify. For more information visit our webpage.

Career prospects

All 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.

NUE

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Placement Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Placement Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022. This was achieved by launching Virtual Employability Festivals and recognising the power of peer-to-peer communication by pairing 500 students looking for placements with 500 students who had completed placements.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I study my postgraduate degree at Aston University?

There are lots of benefits of studying a postgraduate degree at Aston University.

Watch this video from MBA student, Monique, who talks about just a few of them:

Why should I study Double MA in Europe and the World at Aston?

The two year double MA in Europe and the World course at Aston will give you the chance to develop skills in critical analysis of contemporary European integration in both English and French language, alongside the opportunity to spend a year in the UK and in France, benefiting from the academic and multicultural experience of studying at two prestigious European universities. You will also be able to further your practical skills in European issues through undertaking an EU-focused internship during your second year.

Do I need to speak French to take this joint masters?

Students should have a working knowledge of the French language to enable them to maximise the opportunity of studying in France.

Why should I do a masters degree with Aston?

All our MA courses equip students with the knowledge, along with analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public or private sector.

 

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