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Our students discuss their experiences of studying at the Centre for European Governance.


The Centre provides advanced specialist training in the areas of EU politics, constitutional politics, regulatory governance, public opinion, and the political economy of European integration through MA programmes coordinated through the Department of Politics and the European stream of the MPA programme.


Taught programmes

MA European Politics

The MA in European Politics addresses key issues in European governance including EU policy-making, federalism, democratisation / constitutionalism, and European identity. This programme will provide you with detailed knowledge and advanced critical understanding of the political process of European Union integration, its origins, dynamics and prospects within a rigorous theoretical and empirical framework.

The Centre provides exchange programmes for MA and PhD students with Sciences Po in Paris and the VUB in Brussels. The first semester is spent in Exeter, the second semester is taken at the partner institution after which the student will return to Exeter to work on their dissertation in the Summer months. Whilst taking the MA in European Politics students have the option of taking modules either in French or English during their semester in Paris at the Centres d'études européennes Sciences Po. Modules are taught in English at the Centre for studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication. While in Brussels, we arrange internships for students to working on EU policy making. This is what our students said about the exchanges.

The MA Programme also offered a trip to visit the European Union institutions, at which I had an amazing time, meeting interesting people and  attending live debates within EU organisations. l was very fortunate to have the support and guidance of my personal tutor, who made this life experience an exciting and enriching one.

Diana Amalinei, MA student (2012-2013)

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MPhil and PhD Degrees

The Centre has facilities for the supervision of MPhil and PhD Degrees by thesis, and applications from suitably qualified students are welcome. The required periods of full-time registration for each degree are three terms (one academic year) in the case of the MPhil and nine terms (three academic years) for a PhD. Candidates who do not already have a Master's degree are normally registered for an MPhil in the first instance and may be transferred to a PhD subject to satisfactory progress.

Potential applicants should contact the Director of Studies, Professor Claudio Radaelli, in the first instance for further details and informal advice.

For general enquires about postgraduate research study please contact the SSIS Graduate Research School office:
e-mail : ssis-graduateresearch@exeter.ac.uk