Our International Politics and Europe (IPEU) programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of international relations and international political economy. Our department is an international centre for research on international relations and European politics, with staff at the cutting edge of research in these areas.The programme is very useful to students keen to understand past and present international relations of Europe, and the European Union (EU) amidst times of crisis and in constantly changing world.
The combined study of international relations and the EU makes this programme distinct from many other European Studies programmes. In addition, the migrant crisis in Europe and the 'Brexit' decision by the UK provides a timely opportunity to explore the global presence of the EU, and how it is shaped by growing political and economic challenges at home and abroad. In this regard, the MA in IPEU examines the EU, its significance for the world system and the various ways in which it engages with the global political economy.
Students are given a disciplinary grounding in both international relations or international political economy through the core module 'Europe and the World'. You will contemplate questions such as:
- How does the EU organise itself as an actor in the world system?
- To what extent does it bypass the foreign policy and external relations interests of its component member states?
- Does the EU represent a novel and distinctive presence on the international scene, particularly in comparison with the US?
- Can the EU contribute to a more open, democratic and human rights-based global polity?
- Is the EU merely an organisation prop of neoliberal globalisation?
- How does the current economic crisis affect the international role of the EU?
All of our MA programmes are worth 180 CATS (credits) in total. As part of this course, you will be required to take one core module (40 CATS). You’ll then have the freedom to select 2-4 modules (80 CATS) that appeal to you from our extensive range of optional modules. If you pass the taught modules, you will move on to the second phase of the MA programme and complete a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 CATS).