University of Leuven

European Politics and Policies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    6000
    Tuition (Year)
    3500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

This one-year, postgraduate programme has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European countries on the other. In promoting comparative approaches, MEPP not only seeks to strengthen cognitive capacities and analytical skills, but also to foster an openminded attitude to diversity.

The European Politics and Policies programme from University of Leuven aims at developing students with the following profile:

- As a comparativist, you will have the cognitive capacities and analytical skills to make a comparative study of public sector structures, policymaking and administration within Europe at the sub-state, state and EU level.
- As a researcher, you will be able to analyse problems, specific to the public sector, with respect to its social and political context. Throughout the programme you will acquire the necessary skills for PhD research in political science and public administration.
As a Political/Policy Analyst, you will be able to independently analyse, evaluate and formulate suggestions on the basis of results of scientific research and theoretical insight on policy problems and developments. You will be trained as present-day or future practitioners in political, administrative or consultative functions in the public sector in Europe.
Career paths
This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and the private sector. The MEPP can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in political science and public administration.

Programme Structure

OBJECTIVES

Throughout their program, master students in European politics and policies acquire domain specific knowledge, skills and attitudes. Graduated masters in European politics and policies have reached the following learning outcomes:

Comparativist

  • The students can describe, explain and illustrate the possibilities and limitations of the disciplinary knowledge and state-of-the-art theory specific to public management, public administration and public policy analysis in Europe from a comparative perspective .
  • The students can recognize, contextualize, explain and interpret political phenomena and developments in the public sector on the basis of their knowledge and insights into public management, public administration and public policy in Europe.
  • The students understand the normative assumptions and implications of theories from public management, public administration and public policy.
  • The students can integrate their knowledge of different related disciplines (political science, law, economics, sociology, and/or psychology) into the domain specific knowledge of public management, public administration and public policy.
  • The students can approach the field of public administration analytically and critically as enthusiast comparativists by assessing governance problems in Europe with an open mind for diversity.

Researcher

  • The students can independently transform a complex problem into research questions, a research design and prepare independently a complete empirical cycle to formulate an answer for each research question.
  • The students can find, select, critically assess and use correct references for relevant and complex resources and information and they can use these resources independently for their own research.
  • The students can apply the fundamental and comparative research processes and methods of social sciences.
  • The students recognize the importance of an empirical foundation for knowledge acquisition and are able to analyze and critically value the results of scientific research.
  • The students can make their own creative contribution to scientific disciplinary knowledge by communicating their own research results truthfully and meticulously in writing a scientific paper.
  • The students know and take into account the ethical rules of the discipline and scientific research in general.

Political/Policy Analyst

  • The students identify the relevant structures of the public sector in Europe and analyze its function within society .
  • The students describe the changes occurring in the environment of public sector organizations and can critically assess the impact of these changes on government.
  • The students can identify the different actors and levels of governance in the public sector organizations in Europe and can critically assess the impact of these actors on public management, administration and policy-making from a multi-level-governance perspective.
  • The students can describe the structures and processes through which policy in Europe is formed and can critically analyze the political processes of power acquisition.
  • The students can communicate, clearly and unambiguously, by giving oral or written reports and presentations to different stakeholders.
  • The students can work within a complex project, effectively and efficiently, through working meticulously, planning, organizing, setting priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • The students can work in a diverse team and make a constructive contribution to a common result.
AFTER GRADUATION

Career paths

This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and the private sector. The MEPP can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in political science and public administration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A good understanding of public administration, international and European organisations or politics in your home country and on the European level as , demonstrated by holding a degree in political science, sociology, law, economics or contemporary European history. Candidates with a degree in other fields can be admitted on the grounds of professional experience in public policy or public administration or based on a complementary study in a relevant field.
  • The university degree (master's degree or four-year bachelor's degree) should be obtained 'cum laude' at an internationally recognizsed university.
  • All non-native speakers are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language, by submitting the results of an internationally recognised language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6000 International
  • EUR 3500 EU/EEA

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