European Governance and Policy MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Brexit will transform the UK’s relationship with the European Union. It will also provide a challenge for EU governance and policy-making.

For Britain, Europe and the rest of the world, an understanding of the EU post-Brexit is essential. Our MA gives you an in-depth insight into the ways in which national and EU politics and policy will be affected by the dramatic developments of the last year.

This course is associated with the Sussex European Institute. You’ll gain a solid grounding in policy and academic debates as well as a methodological tool-kit, allowing you to specialise in areas such as:

  • economic and political integration in the EU after Brexit
  • foreign policy
  • political parties.

Why choose this course?

  • We were ranked in the top 5 UK institutions for research output in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Our research expertise covers the spectrum of UK, European and international issues, encompassing political theory as well as comparative and party politics and corruption.
  • Sussex was rated one of the top UK universities for its political scene (Which? University Student Survey 2016).

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in politics or a related subject such as economics, philosophy, history, European studies or international relations. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact Francis Mcgowan f.mcgowan@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options across the spring and autumn terms. In the summer, you work on your dissertation.

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, term papers and unseen examinations. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Recent disseration titles

EU development policy and the ACP partnership

EU policy towards Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis

Party-based Euroscepticism in the UK, France and Germany

Specialist facilities

To complement the international orientation of our degrees, the Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides taught modules and self-study facilities for a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European institutions, economics and politics are particularly strong.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Dr Sabina Avdagic

Dr Sabina Avdagic

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

comparative politics, Labour economics, Labour relations, Political economy, public policy, Research design and methodology, social welfare reform

View Sabina Avdagic's profile

Dr Susan Collard

Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies

Research interests

History

View Susan Collard's profile

Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research interests

Anti-corruption, Balkans, british politics, Corruption, International aid, International business, International Development, lobbying, Parliament, public policy, Public Procurement

View Elizabeth David-Barrett's profile

Dr James Hampshire

Dr James Hampshire

Reader in Politics

Research interests

british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

View James Hampshire's profile

Prof Paul Taggart

Prof Paul Taggart

Professor of Politics

Research interests

Domestic Politics of European Integration, Euroscepticism, Political Parties, Populism

View Paul Taggart's profile

Course enquiries

Francis McGowan
+44 (0)1273 877138 
f.mcgowan@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our MA is for you if you:

  • plan to go on to do further research
  • seek employment in government
  • wish to start a career in journalism or teaching
  • are employed in the private sector and have to deal with the European context.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in a wide variety of fields, which in recent years have included:

  • think-tanks and foundations government
  • journalism
  • NGOs and voluntary associations
  • international organisations.

Graduate destinations

89% of students from the Department of Politics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • coordinator, Fundacion Poder Ciudadano, Argentina
  • officer at the Committee of European Affairs, The Office of Government of the Czech Republic
  • research intern, British Beekeepers Association.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

European Governance

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module you analyse the substance and process of policy-making in the European Union as well as the political context in which it is made.

The module draws upon a mix of mainstream political science techniques and the more specialised approaches of policy analysis, with particular emphasis on the emerging ‘governance’ literature as it has been applied to the EU.

An important objective of the module is to use the insights from the academic literature to understand how policy is made in the ‘real world’ of the EU.

Therefore, in addition to using academic texts and analysis, the module also draws upon a range of primary and other research resources.

In particular it makes use of documentation produced by the European Institutions, member state authorities and bodies seeking to influence or understand the EU as well as specialised data and media sources. It will also draw upon the expertise and insight of ‘practicioner experts’ with a background in EU policy making.

Politics and Public Policy

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This is an introductory module in comparative public policy.

The focus is on three general tasks:

  • exploring cross-national variation in specific policy choices
  • evaluating analytic models that seek to explain these differences
  • assessing socio-economic outcomes associated with specific policy choices.

We will therefore address the following general questions:

  • Why do policies on issues such as pensions, family benefits, or education differ from country to country?
  • Are these differences a consequence of different cultures, economic conditions, political institutions or interest group pressures?
  • Why are some countries and governments more successful than others in tackling certain policy problems, such as unemployment, poverty and female labour force participation?

The focus is on domestic - primarily economic and social policies. While our primary interest is public policies of EU countries, we will frequently draw parallels with other systems of policy making, such as the United States and Japan.

Research Methods and Approaches

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will cover the range of qualitative and quantitative methods in social science and will provide the skills to develop a research outline. It will equip you with the ability to come up with an interesting and workable research question and testable empirical hypotheses, an ability to select cases/sample and appropriate methods for analysis, a focus on how to find appropriate data sources and conduct data analysis (either quantitative or qualitative), and how to interpret the results in relation to the available literature.

European Governance and Policy Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

There is no formal teaching for the dissertation, but a series of workshops is organised to provide you with the necessary skills for researching and writing a long dissertation. Individual sessions with a supervisor are arranged throughout the summer term.

Migrants, Ethnicity, and Super-diversity

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Ethnicity has been a long-standing concern in the domain of migration. Many scholars of migration study migrants along the lines of ethnic groups and look at their experience through an `ethnic lens' being interested in the emergence and role of ethnic networks, identities, and communities. Yet to what extent does ethnicity matter? Migrants often move to 'super-diverse' global cities and build complex relationships that seem to be insufficiently or inadequately captured by the language of ethnicity. Non-ethnic processes, identities and attachments have gained increasing attention in today's globalised societies. This module will critically examine the close link between migration and ethnicity tosee how ethnicity achieves prominence in key areas of migrants' lives, and to identify alternative approaches to ethnicity and ethnic-group centred perspectives on migration. We will discuss these aspects with specific reference to the European context, which offers a fruitful site for comparing 'new' and old migrants and minorities (from European and non-European countries), and invites reflection on migration theories developed in the American context. 

The overall aim of the module will be to encourage a nuanced understanding of the variable role of ethnicity in migrants' experience. We will first look at theoretical perspectives on ethnicity and the critique of the 'ethnic bias' in migration research. We will then examine different domains where ethnicity becomes prominent (migrant networks, economies, politics and identities). In the third part, we will evaluate alternative (non-ethnic) approaches to studying migrants, in the context of increasingly 'super-diverse' European cities and societies, to see how they fulfil their promise. We will look at the case of intra-EU migration (from old and new member states) as well as mixed neighbourhoods where old and new migrants and minorities cross paths to assess the extent and limits of 'everyday' forms of cosmopolitanism.

Our weekly topics are:

  1. Ethnicity: theoretical perspectives
    Ethnicity: culture and boundaries
  2. 'Methodological ethnicity' and migration studies
    Ethnicity in migration studies
  3. The migration process and migrant networks 
  4. Ethnic communities in global cities 
  5. Ethnicity and economic incorporation: migrant economies 
  6. Ethnicity and political incorporation: migrant politics
  7. Ethnic identities
    Beyond ethnicity? Alternative approaches to migration
  8. Diasporas and transnational communities
  9. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Europeanisation and 'Eurostars'
  10. Essay discussion 
  11. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Post-Accession Eastern European migrants 
  12. 'Super-diversity' and mixed neighbourhoods

Political Economy of EU Integration

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will examine the process and economic consequences of economic integration in the EU. You use some economic theory to analyse the positive and normative aspects of integration but the module requires an interest in economic issues rather than any formal training. It will place emphasis on the external as well as the internal dimensions of EU integration in order to show both the development of EU relations with trading partners and also the way in which the need for a common response to external challenges has influenced the strategy of EU development. Particular emphasis will be given to the political economy on EU enlargement and deeper integration with the EU's neighbourhood. 

The International Politics of Public Policy

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module aims to understand how public policy-making at the national level is influenced by the international context. The relationship between the state, the private sector and civil society is in flux, in both developed and developing countries. At the same time, national policies are increasingly shaped by international norms and actors, whether international organisations, international donors and lenders, transnational NGO networks, or multinational businesses. The module will explore these emerging new horizontal and vertical forms of governance in international politics, focusing on three overall themes:

  • interactions between the domestic and international levels of politics
  • the relationship between politics and business
  • comparisons of governance models among developed and developing countries.

The module will have three parts:

  1. Theoretical debates – here we will analyse relevant theoretical debates relating to conditionality, norm diffusion, voluntary private regulation and new public management.
  2. Actors – here we will focus on different institutional actors, including international organisations, transnational civil society networks, international donors and lenders, and multinational businesses.
  3. Policy – here we will focus on how these new forms of governance are applied in different areas of public policy, including environmental standards, labour markets, human rights and anti-corruption. Students will be encouraged to evaluate these emerging forms of governance in terms of effectiveness, representation, social impact and accountability.

The International Relations of the European Union

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module gives a broad introduction to the ideas and issues related to the EU's role in global affairs. It commences with an analysis of the Union's emergence as an international actor, and a brief survey of the role played by the various EU institutions. You then analyse the political context of five different, but nevertheless inter-related, aspects of the EU's engagement in foreign policy: CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy), ESDP (European Security and Defence Policy), conflict prevention and non-military instruments of foreign policy, the external dimension of the EU's internal security policy and international development. Over three weeks, you then assess the Union's relations with its peripheries to the east and south and to the west.

The Politics of Brexit

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You cover three areas:

  • the process and politics that led to the referendum decision for the UK to exit the European Union
  • the process of Brexit
  • the implications and ramifications of the post-Brexit context.

In the course of this module some key issues will be covered (such as trade, immigration, foreign policy). You also consider Brexit from three perspectives: the UK, the EU and wider international politics.

The Politics of Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module surveys the politics of Central and Eastern Europe since 1989 to the present by exploring the process of democratic transition and consolidation. It aims to identify the specific characteristics and features of post-communist politics in the newly democratic states of Central and Eastern Europe by studying examples within the analytical frameworks normally employed for the study of more established Western democracies. It also examines the particular challenges posed by the process of integrating post-communist states into Western political, economic and security structures.

Return to top of page