The MA in Contemporary European Affairs is a flexible, multi-disciplinary postgraduate degree programme. Designed, as the first year of an ambitious and innovative double degree programme, this Masters course adopts a European-style approach making use of the University’s partnership with the Catholic University of Lille.
The first year of this dynamic and challenging Masters programme will be taught by academics from Liverpool Hope University, drawing on specialisms in areas such as; theories of and approaches to European integration, contemporary European economics, comparative social policy and globalisation.
The second year will then be delivered by our European partners, and will feature specialist programmes developing on selected aspects of the first year programme in areas such as international and European law, international marketing and commerce and EU politics.
Students who undertake this postgraduate course are exposed to a strong basis of understanding of contemporary Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective while gaining a diverse applicable knowledge of contemporary issues that highlights the need to understand European and global affairs. Students who successfully complete both years will qualify for a double degree, an MA in Contemporary European Affairs from Liverpool Hope University and a Masters in their chosen specialist from the Catholic University of Lille.
The MA Contemporary European Affairs programme is comprised of three compulsory modules totalling 60-credits, Theories of European integration (15-credits), Contemporary Dynamics of integration (30-credits), Approaches to the analysis of integration (15-credits). Students will also be required to study optional 15 or 30-credit modules adding up to 60 credits and making a total of 120 credits. All students will be required to complete a masters dissertation.
You will be assessed for each component. Assessment methods may include coursework, essay, business reports, presentations and examinations.
During the programme you will study:
Theories of European integration - compulsory (15 credits)
This compulsory module introduces and explores key theoretical perspectives on regional integration and their applications in a European setting.
These key theories including federalism, neo-functionalism, transactionalism, liberal inter-governmentalism are then explored and students are invited to examine their effectiveness in investigating and determining the political dynamics and contemporary issues of Europe.
Contemporary dynamics of European integration – compulsory (30 credits)
This compulsory module examines the main challenges and prospects for European integration today. Themes include the democratic deficit, the future of the euro, euro-scepticism and populism, and the module will also include analysis of proposals for the development of the EU.
Approaches to the analysis of integration – compulsory (15 credits)
This compulsory module examines research philosophies for the analysis and interpretation of integration, allowing students to evaluate different approaches and to interpret their validity in practical settings.
Research Dissertation - compulsory (60 Credits)
During this compulsory module, students will be instructed on how to develop a critical voice and Master’s competence in research methods. During the final phase of the MA, students use the skills and knowledge they have developed and draw on their own experience and supporting evidence from specific research articles, to critique, analyse and ultimately influence their research.
During this course, students will also be required to secure the appropriate ethical approval from the University for their Dissertation.
Students will also pick optional modules from the following totalling 60 credits:
The European Union as a global actor - optional (15 credits)
This optional module looks at the role of the EU in world affairs. It analyses the role of the EU as a global actor across trade, development and humanitarian aid, foreign policy, and security and defence policy.
European human rights law - optional (15 credits)
This optional module focuses on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), one of the major international treaties regarding human rights. It explores the background to the ECHR and its jurisprudence, and it analyses key human rights protected by the Convention.
Comparative social policy and globalisation - optional (15 credits)
This optional module looks at social policy from an international perspective. It presents a comparative analysis of different welfare systems around Europe (including the UK) and focuses on an assessment of the impact of globalisation on their operation.
Contemporary European microeconomic issues - optional (15 credits)
This optional module examines the microeconomics of European integration and the European Union. It analyses key policy areas and themes such as the single market, trade policy and the Common Agriculture Policy.
Contemporary European macroeconomic issues - optional (15 credits)
This optional module examines the macroeconomics of European integration and the European Union, with a particular focus on Economic and Monetary Union and the euro-zone.
Varieties of nationalism - optional (15 credits)
This optional module analyses the political, economic and cultural dimensions of nationalism in Europe from the French Revolution to the end of World War 2. Themes include the birth of the nation-state, ethno-nationalism, self-determination, extreme nationalism and pan-European nationalism.
The awkward partner: Britain and Europe - optional (15 credits)
This optional module evaluates Britain’s relationship with European integration, from the initial go-it-alone stance to membership as an “awkward partner” to the eventual decision to withdraw. The module focuses on the key debates around British membership throughout the post-war period.
Religion in contemporary Europe - optional (15 credits)
This optional module examines the role of religion in modern Europe, with a particular focus on Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It explores how religious debates have contributed to the development of Europe.
Education policy, governance and professionalism - optional (15 credits)
This optional module examines how education policies are shaped within and between local, national, and international agencies, and explores the possibilities and limitations of acting upon these conditions.
Negotiated learning contract - optional (15 credits)
This will allow students to undertake a self-secured work placement (or equivalent learning experience). This must feature a significant European component, and should ideally allow students to experience working conditions and analyse the impact of Europe in real-life settings.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree a relevant discipline (other Professional qualifications may be considered).
Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.
From the outset all students will be accepted onto, a two-year double-degree combination programme. However, it will be possible to exit with an MA in Contemporary European Affairs from Liverpool Hope University after the one-year programme. This is intended only as a fail-safe option for students unable to complete the full two-year programme.
Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL 560 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. In certain circumstances the University also permits study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account.
The MA in Contemporary European Affairs is anchored in the School of Humanities at Liverpool Hope University, which is led by well-respected academics and has a strong teaching and research reputation.
The MA brings together European colleagues from across the University who are actively involved in a number of the University’s research centres and groups.
Teaching in the Department is in line with the wider University Learning and Teaching strategy and encourages learning in small groups to foster the development of academic potential and improve the working dynamic between students and members of staff.
All taught classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park. The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library with extended opening hours, free computer and wi-fi access, access to the on campus gym and sports centre and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2019/20 are £5,200
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
The International tuition fees, for courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year, are £11,400 per year (provisional).
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
Graduates of the MA in Contemporary European Affairs are likely to pursue careers in European or international organisations (UN and associated agencies), NGOs (especially development organisations), international business, community organisations, diplomatic service, armed services, education, political life and the University sector.
The MA in Contemporary European Affairs also provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research study through PhD studies.
The MA Contemporary European Affairs adds value to first degrees by developing your personal interests, enhancing your skills and empower you to seek out new and exciting career specific opportunities. Students will be able to draw on the wide areas of academic scholarship and expertise brought to the course by well-published and experienced academics.