M.A. European Law and Policy

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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On this course you can:

* Enhance your employability by extending your area of expertise beyond that of your first degree
* Boost your career within your existing area of employment by becoming a specialist in this crucial field
* Deepen your knowledge of European affairs in the area of law and policy
* Make yourself stand out in an increasingly competitive job market by acquiring skills which show an ability to research independently and study a contemporary topic at an advanced level

Former students of the MA European Law and Policy programme have already been working in or gone on to work in:

* local and regional government
* foreign embassies
* legal posts
* business and a wide range of other positions in the public and private sector

Contents

Our course is not a professional law qualification, but is aimed at helping you to acquire a knowledge of EU law, institutions and policy-making processes because of the career you wish to pursue or are pursuing. Since most students come without a background in law, an initial crash course (an intensive two-day programme) introduces the general principles of law that you will need.
You will take the following core units:-

* Challenges to EU Politics and Governance
* International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility
* International and European Business Law
* Dissertation/Major Project

You will also choose 1 out of the following:-

* Nation and Identity in Europe
* Europe and the World
* Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A simulation game
* Independent Project
* Work-based Learning

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures and seminars. In addition, you will have access to staff on an individual tutorial basis and will also be assigned a dissertation supervisor to support you in the research and writing of your dissertation.

Classes are timetabled in the afternoons and evenings. Depending on their option choices part-time students are usually able to structure their course so as to concentrate their studies on one and no more than two afternoons/evenings.

Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject including law, social sciences, European studies, international relations, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field, such as politics, local government, business and law.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component less than 6.0.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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