European Union and International Relations MA

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Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements:
    2:1 degree in Social Science, Language or a related subject. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation.
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Politics and International Relations as Aston is ranked 13th in the UK by the Sunday Times League Table, 2016

Develop wide-ranging skills of critical analysis and approaches to the study of European integration and international relations.

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

Study at a leading centre for research on contemporary Europe and international relations.

Course summary

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Duration: Full time 1 year. Part time 2 years

Start date(s): September

Distance learning available: No

Entry requirements:

2:1 degree in Social Science, Language or a related subject. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation.

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.

Fees for 2019/20: 
UK/ EU: £7,900 
Non-EU: £14,700 
*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

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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Course Outline

Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

Sample Module Options

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules


  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science
  • Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis
  • The EU as a Global Actor

Optional Modules

  • International Relations Theory
  • The EU: A Web of Institutions
  • Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
  • Europe’s Regions and their Governance
  • Europe and East-Asia
  • Religion and Politics
  • Corruption & Crime - Terror Nexus: Defense
  • International Political Communication
  • Rogue States
  • The Governance of Global Problems
  • Ethics, Literature and International Relations
  • International Security
  • International Political Economy
  • EU Law and Policy-Making
  • Rethinking European Integration
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying in the European Context
  • Corruption & Crime - Terror Nexus: Internal Security
  • Post-Migration Europe
  • Debt, Rules, and Politics in the Eurozone
  • Transforming African Politics
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • EU Policy Evaluation
  • Freedom versus Security? Justice and Home Affairs in Europe
  • Changing China: People’s Republic in the 21st Century
  • Language Options
Learning, teaching and assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. 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 programmes 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 Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels. 

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.

Career prospects

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:

  • 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.
Facilities & equipment

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 Chaplaincy.
Teaching staff

A complete list of Politics and International Relations staff can be found HERE.

Read what the staff have to say about their programme:

The Institutions of the European Union

Dr Carolyn Rowe - contributing author of ''The Institutions of the European Union'' (Oxford University Press)

PhD (European Politics) University of Birmingham; MA (European Studies) Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; BA (Modern and Medieval Languages) University of Cambridge

“This multi-dimensional study programme develops students’ understanding of the EU as a Global Actor, and how it relates to other international organisation. It pushes students hard, but a demanding programme really encourages them to excel!"


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