Master European Politics and Policies (MEPP) (Adv.)

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Application deadline: June 1 (EEA); March 1 (Non EEA)
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,800 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Master of Science in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) is a one-year, postgraduate programme that includes both the study of policy and decision-making and the analysis of public sector problems and solutions in the European Union.
You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.

After graduation
This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Graduates go on to positions in European or national administrations, lobby groups, the private sector and elsewhere. Jobs vary from advisory positions to specialised positions and coordinating roles.

The MEPP programme is part of the wider European Master of Public Administration Network (EMPA).

The following institutions are full partners of the MEPP programme:

- Université de Genève (Switzerland);
- Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary);
- Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer (Germany);
- Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France);
- University of Vaasa (Finland);
- University of Liverpool (United Kingdom);
- Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands);
- Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (The Netherlands);
- Bocconi University (Italy);
- Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia);
- Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

MEPP students are offered the possibility to continue the second semester of their study programme at one of the EMPA institutions listed above. They receive a travel reimbursement and are exempted from paying any additional registration fees. Successful students will be awarded an EMPA certificate, signed by both the home university and the partner institution. More information on the procedure for participation in the EMPA exchange programme can be found on our website.


The programme aims to familiarise the students with the tools of comparative public policy analysis, focusing on the comparative analysis of political processes and policy formulation and implementation in the European context.

It primarily examines the policy process on the national level and on the level of the European Union, taking into account all relevant institutions and policies at state and sub-state levels.

At the end of the programme the participants should be able to :

- take on responsibilities on the national as well as on the European level for policy setting and policy analysis;
- design and carry out research programmes in the area of policy analysis, as well as participate in the conception, execution, and supervision of team research;
- put their national/monodisciplinary approach into a broader perspective by including other disciplines and abandoning a merely national point of view;
- take part in and position themselves on a good multidisciplinary and comparative basis in any debate concerning policy issues;
- deliver research results and opinions that contribute to the advancement of policy analysis in Europe;
- translate research results for the broader public;
- make research results relevant for policy making; be able to translate questions from policy-makers into research questions, deal with them and explain the results to policy-makers.

Given that the MEPP programme is a postgraduate programme, the student group is relatively small (approximately 30 students). This allows for more active teaching methods, group discussions, group work and presentations, which facilitate a rich learning experience. Moreover, the international student body enables you to broaden your horizon and engage in the programme from different perspectives.

In addition to attending the courses, MEPP students are invited to visit a number of European and international institutions. Each year we organise study trips to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, and to some representation offices of the European regions in Brussels.

These study trips enable you to observe the proceedings of the main European institutions from the inside and to meet various European officials during symposia, workshops, conferences and guest lectures organised at KU Leuven.
Finally, KU Leuven's location at the heart of Europe, 25 minutes outside of Brussels, makes it an ideal place to base graduate studies in European politics and policy.


Admission requirements *

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:

- Master of Science in de politieke wetenschappen
- Master of Science in de sociologie
- Master of Science in het overheidsmanagement en -beleid
- Master of Science in de bestuurskunde
- Master in de sociale en militaire wetenschappen
- Master of Laws in de rechten
- Master of Science in de economische wetenschappen
- Master of (Science in) Political Sciences
- Master of (Science in) Sociology
- Master of (Science in) Public Management and Public Policy
- Master of Laws
- Master of (Science in) Economics
- Another university degree after at least 4 years of study in the above mentioned fields

This diploma should be obtained 'cum laude' ('honours'/ 'with distinction') from an internationally recognized university. The Steering Committee can consider the case of candidates with a degree in other fields than the ones mentioned above either on the ground of professional experience in policy analysis or policy implementation or based on a complementary study in a relevant field e.g. a certificate of European Studies, Business Administration, after an initial diploma in Engineering, in Sciences or in Philology.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language, by submitting the results of an internationally recognized language proficiency test, indicating a C-2 level on the Common Framework of Reference level of the Council of Europe: TOEFL (Computer-based test 250 pt., Internet-based test 100 pt., Paper-based test 600 pt.) or IELTS (7 - 7.5 pt.).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100


Scholarship and funding opportunities


* Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
* FWO Research Funding
* DBOF - PhD Scholarships
* F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
* AXA Research Fund



* Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
* Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
* Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
* Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
* Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
* FWO Research Funding
* Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
* Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
* Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries (Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger - Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda - Vietnam)
* DBOF - PhD Scholarships
* F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
* Latin America Fund
* EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
* EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
* EU-SARC (South Asia)
* EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
* EU - Central Asia
* EU - ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)EU - Central Asia

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