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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in European Law and Policy

MELP

The next intake is September 2019 with applications expected to open in late October 2018. There is an intake to this programme every two years (i.e. 2017, 2019, etc.)

  • PAC CodeDC697 (Full Time) DC698 (Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (FT - 1 Year) (PT - 2 Years)

The EU is an increasingly important policy and legal actor. EU action cuts across virtually every policy field including security, economic policy, migration, human rights and the environment. The EU is a major source of regulation and requires ongoing engagement from multi-national and national corporations, NGOs and public authorities. Numerous and complex challenges facing governments and businesses require knowledge of European institutions and legal frameworks and awareness of public policy analysis, design and evaluation. Moreover, the European Union is going through a period of transition. The Eurocrisis, the migration crisis, problems with the rule of law and finally Brexit have forced a reflection on the future of Europe, its role and its institutional design. Brexit in particular will require a rethink of Ireland’s engagement with Europe and will generate numerous legal and policy challenges for public and private bodies alike. In response to this DCU has established the Brexit Institute, Europe's first and Ireland's only centre designed to analyse the legal, political and economic impact of Brexit from both a research and a policy perspective. 

The Masters in European Law and Policy aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to navigate and addresses these challenges. A broad curriculum will familiarise students with the legislative and institutional structure of the European Union and the operation of EU law while equipping students with core skills of public policy design and analysis. Optional modules and a dissertation will enable students to specialise in key policy areas such as migration, the environment or EU foreign policy. A special effort is made to integrate legal and public policy skills and to consider law in light of policy requirements and the role of law in shaping and implementing policy. 

Why do this course?

  • Gain expertise on the European Union and its role in law and policy making today
  • Join the growing number of policy makers and legal advisors working for public bodies, including the state, international and European institutions or as a legal or policy specialist in the private or NGO sector, navigating EU law and policy and engaging
  • Gain insight into the interaction of law and policy and their mutual influence
  • Increase your expertise in specific fields of European law and policy

Programme

The Masters in European Law and Policy is designed to integrate legal and policy analysis and to equip students with complementary knowledge and skills across both fields.  It is designed to ensure students have a comprehensive grounding in both EU law and policy analysis while allowing for some specialisation in either law or policy through optional modules and the dissertation topic. 

In the first semester you will study three core modules covering EU Institutional law and policy analysis alongside a research skills module specifically tailored to the needs of legal policy analysts. The second semester allows students to deepen their knowledge of key fields while maintaining an inter-disciplinary approach. Students choose three optional modules dealing with specific areas of law and policy. Students must choose at least one law and one policy based module. Finally, students will be expected to complete a dissertation in either law or public policy under the supervisor of an expert member of faculty.

Modules 2018-2019

Why DCU

  • Draw on expertise across Ireland’s most innovative university
  • Study at the home of the Brexit Institute, Ireland’s leading centre for the analysis of Brexit related law and policy 
  • Small class sizes with a diverse student body.
  • Interactive, problem-based teaching style.
  • Accessible lecturers with real expertise in their disciplines.
  • Links to employers and a network of alumni.

Why do this programme?

  • Gain expertise on the European Union and its role in law and policy making today
  • Join the growing number of policy makers and legal advisors working for public bodies, including the state, international and European institutions or as a legal or policy specialist in the private or NGO sector, navigating EU law and policy and engaging with the law and policy making process
  • Gain insight into the interaction of law and policy and their mutual influence
  • Increase your expertise in specific fields of European law and policy

Careers

The Masters in European Law and Policy is designed to equip participants with a range of legal and policy related social science skills with specific reference to the European dimension of law and policy. Participants will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of EU law and processes and public policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates will be equipped to engage in legal and policy advice and analysis across a wide range of fields impacted by European law and policy. 

Possible careers

  • Legal policy advisor
  • Policy maker
  • National or European public servant
  • Lawyer and legal advisor *

 

 

* The Masters in European Law and Policy does not qualify an individual as a legal practitioner in Ireland or elsewhere. Further professional qualifications are required. 

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements                                

Applicants will normally have a strong honours primary degree or equivalent (H1 or H2.1) but applicants with a H2.2 in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience may also be considered.  Appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.

English Language Requirements

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information in international applications please click here

Commencement of Programme

September 2018

How to Apply

All Applicants must submit certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable

Fee Information

2018/2019 fees will be confirmed in Spring 2018, but the 2017/18 fees for this programme are: EU Students: €6,750 and Non-EU Students: €13,900

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

Please note this programme is not running in September 2018.

Applications for September 2019 start will reopen in Late November 2018.

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC www.pac.ie.  First round applications for EU applicants is closed.  

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  www.pac.ie.  First round applications for non-EU applicants is closed.
  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC697 (full time) and DC698 (part time).

For queries on completed applications please email registry@dcu.ie