EU External Relations (MA)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 Months

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How you will study
full-time

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About EU External Relations at University of Kent

Location: Brussels


In a quickly changing world, the European Union is a key actor. As the largest economy, it is the first trading partner for many countries around the world. But by developing its own foreign and defence policy, it equally seeks to become a crucial diplomatic player.

This MA programme responds to an increasing need to study the EU’s external relations at an advanced level. The EU is studied in its different dimensions, such as foreign policy, security and external relations law, but also from an outsider’s perspective in a context of global change and regional instability.

The programme draws heavily on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent.

By taking an interdisciplinary and critical look at the EU’s international role, this MA programme prepares students well for careers in diplomacy, research and employment in diverse organisations that deal with the external dimension of the EU.

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Extended programme

The extended programme allows students the opportunity to study their subject in greater detail, choosing a wider range of modules,  and also provides the opportunity to spend one term at the Canterbury campus. The extended programme is ideal for students who require extra credits, or would like to have more time to pursue an internship.

Flexible study

We are committed to offering flexible study options at BSIS and enable you to tailor your degree to meet your needs. This programme is available with start dates in September and January; full- and part-time study options; split-site options, and students can combine two fields of study leading to a degree that reflects both disciplines. 

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • key historical and philosophical issues in the development of European policy, together with familiarity with appropriate bibliographical sources
  • the main legal, economic, and political parameters and dilemmas of policymaking in the EU
  • how to apply general theoretical and conceptual frameworks to the analysis of specific issues and problems in domestic, regional, and international settings
  • how to utilise qualitative and quantitative research methods and evaluate critically their application in the scholarly literature and in policy papers
  • how to design and conduct a research project demonstrating an awareness of epistemological and methodological principles appropriate to the subject of that research project
  • how to carry out an independent research project and write in a scholarly manner, demonstrating familiarity with academic conventions.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills
  • gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
  • assessing the quality and relevance of information and deploying that information in an appropriate manner
  • identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to problems
  • developing reasoned arguments, synthesising relevant information and exercising critical judgement
  • building synergies between forms of knowledge acquired in various fields
  • reflecting on, and managing, your own learning self-critically
  • seeking to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your performance and personal skills
  • managing your own learning self-critically.

Subject-specific skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills
  • gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
  • assessing the quality and relevance of information and deploying that information in an appropriate manner
  • identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to problems
  • developing reasoned arguments, synthesising relevant information and exercising critical judgement
  • building synergies between forms of knowledge acquired in various fields
  • reflecting on, and managing, your own learning self-critically
  • seeking to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your performance and personal skills
  • managing your own learning self-critically.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing, organise information clearly and coherently, use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information
  • information technology: produce written documents, undertake online research, communicate using email, process information using databases
  • working with others: define and review the work of others, work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function, collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals
  • improving own learning: explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills, review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship), develop autonomy in learning, work independently, demonstrating initiative and self-organisation
  • important research management skills include the setting of appropriate timescales for different stages of the research, with clear starting and finishing dates (through a dissertation), presentation of a clear statement of the purposes and expected results of the research, and developing appropriate means of estimating and monitoring resources and use of time
  • problem-solving: identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
  • personal career development: you are encouraged to manage your own career progression and development proactively. We will support your developing skills in researching and retrieving information on opportunities for employment and continuing personal and career development.

This programme aims to:

  • provide you with a research-active teaching environment which ensures a good grounding in the study of  social science in general, in public policy and its formulation, and in European public policy in particular
  • offer a critical perspective of the interplay between international relations, European politics, and European integration, as they relate to the inputs, processes, systems and policy outcomes at the European level
  • ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of European public policy in particular
  • ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of the major theoretical approaches to policymaking and policy analysis, the historical development of the contemporary European policy landscape, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field
  • ensure that you acquire the necessary skills for the advanced assessment of contemporary problems in European politics, society, and economy, and their solutions
  • develop your general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills)
  • produce the policy-relevant knowledge, as well as analytical and research skills, which are valued in employment contexts linked to EU-  and national policymaking.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

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