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.
Dr Carolyn Rowe, Lecturer in Politics
PhD (European Politics) University of Birmingham, MA (European Studies) Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, BA (Modern and Medieval Languages) University of Cambridge
''The Double Masters in Governance and International Politics is an intensive and challenging programme, with an emphasis on the analysis of governance beyond the nation state. The programme forces students to critique global power and authority, and allows them also to assess new approaches to contemporary and future global problems. This MA degree provides a solid training for students looking to develop or advance careers in global policy development, advocacy, policy management or diplomatic service. In addition to their regular courses, all students participate in the regular seminar and masterclasses series which meets regularly throughout the academic year, and involves visiting speakers, guest talks and discussions with policy practitioners.''