University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc European and Global Governance


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc European and Global Governance

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Europe is confronted by a growing number of challenges on the world stage, ranging from the rise of emerging economies to new security challenges. Drawing on theories of international relations, comparative politics and European integration, this programme allows students to engage with the study of European and global governance from a variety of perspectives – the domestic, the regional/supranational, and the global.

It aims to be empirically relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to some of the biggest political challenges facing Europe today. It will also prepare students for a wide range of careers in European and international affairs. 

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Security Governance
  • The European Union: Theories, Institutions and Policies
  • Europeanisation

Optional units

You will choose three optional units from a list supplied by the School of Sociology, Policy and International Studies (SPAIS). Below is an example of topics that may be offered. Options vary from year to year but may include:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Environmental Politics
  • Masculinities and IR
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Military and militarisation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • International Human Rights
  • Politics of Genocide
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • China's International Relations
  • European Security
  • Religion and Politics in the West
  • The Politics of Insecurity

A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered. or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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