Master Contemporary European Affairs

Master Contemporary European Affairs

A double degree in European Studies

The MA in Contemporary European Affairs is an innovative and ambitious two-year double-degree, organised conjointly by Liverpool Hope University and ESPOL. The programme, taught in English, aims to produce graduates with expert knowledge of how the EU operates, from both a British and a European perspective. A key part of the programmatic plan is to provide a multi-cultural setting framework for learning. The first year is spent at Liverpool Hope, the second year takes place at ESPOL. Upon successful completion of the two years, students are awarded two degrees: a Master’s in Contemporary European Affairs from Liverpool Hope and a Master’s in Global and European Politics from ESPOL.

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Overview

Organised conjointly by Liverpool Hope University and ESPOL, the MA in Contemporary European Affairs is designed to give students a strong basis of understanding of contemporary Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Drawing on law, politics, economics and social policy, the programme’s goal is to train students who can aspire to steer future relations between post-Brexit Britain and EU Member States.

Students on this two-year double-degree programme will benefit from the experience of working in two different institutions, and will have access to language training, career development modules and internship options.

The first year is spent at Liverpool Hope, the second year takes place at ESPOL. Upon successful completion of the two years, you will receive two degrees: a Master’s in Contemporary European Affairs from Liverpool Hope and a Master’s in Global and European Politics from ESPOL. The programme includes an Integrated dissertation co-supervised by a professor from Liverpool Hope and from ESPOL.

Career opportunities

A key part of the programmatic plan is to provide a multi-cultural setting framework for learning, so students will enter employment comfortable with working in cosmopolitan surroundings. Graduates of the programme pursue successful careers in

  • The European institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission;
  • Public administrations at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies in need of expert of European affairs
  • European NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups;
  • Business and journalism;
  • Academia

Semester 1 + 2* (Liverpool Hope)

Core courses

  • Theories of European integration
  • Contemporary dynamics of European integration
  • Approaches to the analysis of integration

+ 4 optional courses

Semester 3 (ESPOL)

Core courses

  • Politics of European Identity and Culture
  • European History
  • Public Policy of the EU

+ 2 optional courses
+ career development module
+ intensive language course

Semester 4 (ESPOL)

Core courses

  • European Economic Governance
  • EU Regional Policy
  • EU Environmental Policy

+ joint ESPOL/Hope master’s dissertation
+ 1 optional course
+ intensive language course

Optional courses

Throughout the 4 semesters, you will be able to further tailor your degree to your interests by choosing from a broad offer of optional courses, such as:

In semesters 1 and 2:

  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Comparative Social Policy and Globalisation
  • Contemporary European Microeconomic Issues
  • The Awkward Partner: Britain and Europe

In semesters 3 and 4:

  • International Relations
  • European Food & Agricultural Policy
  • Global History
  • Politics of International Law
  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations

ESPOL makes every effort to ensure that course information is accurate and up-to-date. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change
* The second semester can also be completed in one of our 140 partner universities across the world.
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