Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making

General

Program Description

1- or 2-year programme: 5 online EU modules & a summer school

The programme in a nutshell:

  • 5 back-to-back online EU modules (starting September), followed (or preceded) by a 2-week Summer School in Brussels and Vienna (July)

  • You choose your start date (July or September) as well as your timing option (full-time = 1 year; part-time = 2 years)

  • Perfect for full-time professionals or students with daytime schedule
  • Organised by a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the doorstep of the main EU institutions
  • It has a dedicated website: www.eu-postgraduate.eu

More elaborate description:

From 2014 onwards, the IES offers a Postgraduate Certificate in European Policy-Making, developed and designed by EU and e-learning experts. This certificate is equivalent to 25 ECTS and combines both the IES Summer School and the EU modules, thus embracing the Blended-Learning approach. This package involves two weeks of face-to-face intensive teaching together with the flexibility of the online modules.

Who can apply?

To qualify for admission you need to have:

  • a university degree equivalent to an Undergraduate degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 180 ECTS, or relevant work experience
  • proven proficiency in English

An average time commitment of up to 10-12 hours per week should be envisaged when taking this programme. A strong sense of self-discipline is required.

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Programme

The Postgraduate Certificate in European Policy-making offers the unique flexibility that is provided by a Blended Learning approach and gets to grips with the EU from a variety of angles and methods. The state-of-the-art EU-modules, developed by e-learning experts, provide essential and concise information on the various aspects of the European Union, in a clear and user-friendly way. They are accessible at any time and from anywhere. Five online modules are offered on:

  • History and theories of European integration
  • European Union institutions
  • EU decision-making and law
  • EU public policy analysis
  • EU foreign affairs

The Summer School offers a complementary role, in that it offers an in-depth analysis of the institutional set-up and decision-making process in the European Union. Moreover, the Summer School offers students the opportunity to simulate the negotiation process in the European Council, which is an excellent exercise that prepares students for a career in and around the EU institutions. This mix of study tools and teaching methods represents the added value of the Postgraduate Certificate: while providing the flexibility of online learning, it offers a profound and critical analysis of the functioning of the European Union.

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Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The Institute for European Studies is an autonomous department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It was created in 2001 through an initiative taken by the Flemish Government. As a Jean Monnet Center ... Read More

The Institute for European Studies is an autonomous department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It was created in 2001 through an initiative taken by the Flemish Government. As a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the IES teaches advanced Master programmes, and focuses on interdisciplinary research in European Studies, more specifically on the role of the EU in an international setting. Within this scope, the IES provides academic services to scholars, policy makers and the general public. Read less
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