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International Relations


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European Studies: International Relations focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration with a strong focus on EU external relations policies. The programme looks beyond the internal processes of European integration to examine how the EU has developed its foreign policy. The programme employs an interdisciplinary approach, combining political science, history, international relations and political economy. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture and how the EU tries to develop as an international actor.

What will you learn?

  • how to analyse the establishment of the EU as an international actor
  • think about the international role of the EU using various theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks from international relations
  • develop professional skills, such as policy research, negotiation techniques, presentation skills, small-group project work

You will like this if you...

  • Have a strong interest and engagement in international and European affairs
  • Want to examine the interests and strategies of public institutions, private organisations and non-governmental groups
  • Have an eye for detail, curiosity and eagerness to trace policymaking developments
  • Preferably have a sound knowledge of European studies and the EU in particular






1 year

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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 Jun '24 1 May '24


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