Programme structure

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods. In semester 1 you gain an overview of the subject in Glasgow, followed by a choice of mobility partner in semester 2 (Athens or Madrid). Here you will follow a geographical pathway that situates the region in its broader neighbourhood context. Semester 2 also includes an online research and training course. A Winter School will be held in the first week of February in Lisbon, featuring dissertation/project workshops and seminars on advanced research techniques.

In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-Marseille or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-Marseille. You will spend semester 4 with the same semester 3 mobility partner researching and writing your dissertation or professional project under the guidance of a supervisory team of EUROSUD staff. If on the professional track you will also undertake a substantial work placement in semester 4. Please note semesters 3 and 4 cannot be spent with the same partner as semester 2.

The language of instruction is English except at Aix-Marseille where the language of instruction is French. (If you decide to select this pathway, you would need French proficiency to minimum B2). In Madrid, some optional courses will be offered in Spanish. Students will write their dissertation or professional project in English, but will be offered the option of writing it in French (in Aix-Marseille), Spanish (in Madrid) and English only at (NKUA and LUISS). Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major South European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.

Year 1 - semester 1

Course credits are listed as ECTS, however on MyCampus student record they will be listed as SCQF credits. 10 SCQF = 5 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Content
2 years duration: 120 ECTS

University of Glasgow – Overview (30 ECTS)

These courses are compulsory:


Year 1 - semester 2

Semester 2 – UAM or NKUA (Geographical Pathway) (30 ECTS)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece and the Balkans

Students choose three courses from the following:

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Spain and the Arab world

Students choose a total of five courses from the following (30 ECTS) with 2 conditions:

1) Research Seminar is compulsory for all
2) A maximum of 2 courses of those marked with an asterisk (*)

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences (delivered online by ICS)

Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa - Winter School

  • Keynote Lecture
  • Seminars on practical application of selected advanced research methods and techniques
  • Dissertation workshops 

Year 2 - semester 3

Semester 3 – NKUA, AMU or LUISS (30 ECTS) UAM (30 ECTS) (Thematic Pathways)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change

Students choose three courses from the following (30 ECTS):

  • Political Change, Democracy and Crisis in Southern Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Attempting Transformation:The European Union and Southeastern Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Greece: Political economy, crisis and change (10 ECTS)
  • Interconnected histories: The Balkans and the Black Sea from the 18th to the 20th century (10 ECTS)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Nationalism

All students choose 4 of the following courses (24 ECTS): 

  • European Union (6 ECTS)
  • Methods for the study of Public Administration and Policies (6 ECTS)
  • Representation and political participation (6 ECTS)
  • Theories of Nationalism (6 ECTS)
  • History of Political Thought (6 ECTS)

Aix-Marseille Université – Borders

All courses are taught in French (minimum B2 level required)

Students will take all the following courses (30 ECTS):
Research Track: 
  • Borders, territory and conflict in Euro-Mediterranean space (3 ECTS)
  • Euro-Mediterranean immigration policies (3 ECTS)
  • Nationalism, religion and identity in South Eastern Europe (3 ECTS)
  • Political transitions in Southern Europe (3 ECTS)
  • Writings and representations of the Mediterranean Sea (3 ECTS)
  • Research Methodology in the social sciences (6 ECTS)

One course to be chosen from the following in the professional pathway (3 ECTS) Core (French):

- Policies, governance and institutional actors in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean; 
-  Mediterranean economy;
- Heritage, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean Language,  either English or French (3 ECTS) Core

Second language, to be selected from among: Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese or other available South European/regional languages (3 ECTS) Core

Professional Track
  • Policies, governance and institutional actors in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean (3 ECTS) Core 
  • Mediterranean economies (3 ECTS) Core 
  • Heritage, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean (3 ECTS) Core 
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the internship (3 ECTS) Core 
    This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and their professional integration, in particular by helping them to define their professional project.

  • Professional seminars (10 invited professionals) (6 ECTS) Core 
    The seminars are organized by professionals specializing in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Their mission is to provide a focus on specific and technical aspects of the Euro-Mediterranean policy.
  • Project management (6 ECTS) Core 
    Project management consists in acquiring the techniques and know-how implemented in the context of the calls for proposals, particularly those of the EU on the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation policy.

 Language, either English or French (3 ECTS) Core

Second language, to be selected from among: Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese (3 ECTS) Core

 LUISS Guido Carli –Democratisation

Students will take all the following courses:

  • Business and economics in the Mediterranean area (3 ECTS) Core 
  • Migration in the Mediterranean area (3 ECTS)
  • European macroeconomics (7 ECTS) Core 
  • European politics after 1945 (7 ECTS) Core 
  • History of South European enlargements (3 ECTS) Core 
  • Reforming European Institutions and Democracy (7 ECTS) Core 

 


Year 2 - semester 4

Semester 4 – UAM (36 ECTS), NKUA, AMU, LUISS (30 ECTS) (Dissertation or Project)

Aix-Marseille Université

Research Track

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (24 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    Students will write an original research thesis related to the contents of the MA on a subject discussed with and approved by the main research supervisor at AMU.

  • Oral defense (6 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will have to make an oral presentation of their research thesis at the end of the second semester.

Professional Track

  • Project (Assigned Tutor) (15 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    Students will write a professional thesis related to the contents of the MA on a subject discussed with and approved by the main supervisor at AMU, in general in relation with the internship of the second semester. We ask the students, in addition to the general understanding and analysis of a subject, to be able to propose concrete solutions to a defined problem or situation, to formulate proposals useful in a professional framework.

  • Oral defense (9 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will make an oral presentation of their project at the end of the second semester.

    Internship report (3 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will write a short report about the activities developed during their internship.
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the internship (3 ECTS) Core (French)
    This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and their professional integration, by helping them to define.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

All students take 3 core courses plus one elective - (36 ECTS)

  • Research Seminar (6 ECTS) Core
    The main aim of this course is to expose students to the process of doing research, presenting it in public and discussing it in a constructive way. The program varies every year.

Research Track

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (18 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    Students will develop their own research related to the contents of the MA under the supervision of a tutor. In their dissertation they will reflect what they have learnt during their courses on Research Design, the Research Seminar, as well as the different approaches and literature related to the specific topic. Office hours are an important part of the supervision of this paper. Students will have to meet with their tutor during this period in order to report and receive advice on their work. Most of the time will be dedicated to reading and writing. The kind of teaching and learning applied in this course is suited to those students that aim at doing academic research.

  • Master Thesis (Assigned Tutor) (6 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    Students will have to prepare and make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Professional Track

  • Internship (Assigned Tutor) (18 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    The specific activities will depend on each institution. Usually, they are specified in the bilateral agreements. They will be related to the contents of the MA and will allow an application of the contents and abilities learned during the first, second and third semester. The activities will be developed during 360 hours (full or part-time) over the course of two months during the normal working schedule of the workers of the institution, with a limit of 40 hours per week.
  • Master Thesis (Assigned Tutor) (6 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    The students will have to write a report about the activities developed during their internship, related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Electives (Choose one)

- Contemporary Political Theory (6 ECTS)
- Public Administration and Management (6 ECTS)
- Public Policy Analysis (6 ECTS)
- Elections and Electoral Behaviour (6 ECTS)
- Quantitative techniques for research in Political Science (6 ECTS)

LUISS Guido Carli

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) 30 ECTS, Core (English or Italian)
    Students will have to write a research paper related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Extra courses
Should they be interested, students will have the opportunity to attend courses (taught in English or in Italian) offered by the Masters of the School of Government (https://sog.luiss.it/programs-offered/20). These courses are not a substitute for the core courses in semester 3 and will not provide extra credits.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) 30 ECTS, Core 
    Students will have to write a research paper related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Languages offered

Languages offered at each institution: 

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow has a dedicated Language Centre on Level 1 of the Hetherington Building which houses superb language facilities. You are entitled to join the Audio-Visual Library, which contains a wide variety of language aids. A returnable deposit will be charged for use of library facilities. The Hetherington Building receives daily newspapers and weekly journals from a wide variety of countries. In addition, its satellite receivers allow access to television broadcasts from around the globe. You are entitled to book time at one of the library's numerous television monitors, which are all supplied with headphones. For EUROSUD, there are special arrangements for students to undertake one language course provided by either Short Courses or the School of Modern Languages and Cultures while in Glasgow (Semester 1). The languages available are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic (courses are being offered subject to demand).

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

International students can benefit from a 50% reduction in the enrolment fee for Spanish courses offered by the Language Service. The cost would be 65 EUR for the first semester. For 2nd semester the cost will be of 130 EUR (no reduction applies). 4 ECTS are awarded for each semester.

Other language courses such as English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese have a cost of 130€ for the semester (no reduction applies). No ECTS are awarded for these (at least for the time being).

*UAM is considering reimbursing at least part of the language courses fees under participant costs and will confirm in due course.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA)

Greek classes:

The Greek Language Teaching Centre offers Modern Greek Language courses at the levels of language knowledge in accordance with those of the Council of Europe, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Courses run from October to May (8 months), from December to May (6 months) or from February to May (3 months). The course is 15 hours per week (3 hours every weekday). Cost: 350 EUR. The Centre also offers a free course for Erasmus students (6 hours per week) but the hours usually coincide with the Master’s Programme teaching hours. For more information, click here: here http://en.greekcourses.uoa.gr/

Greek online classes:

The University also offers online Greek courses. The classes are offered at levels A, B, C and they cost 350 €. The duration of the classes are 12 weeks. You may find more information here https://elearninguoa.org/courses/greek-language

Other language classes:

The University offers 25 foreign languages at all levels of competence. They are as follows: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Ethiopian, French, Finnish, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. You may find more information about the classes here  https://en.uoa.gr/about_us/services_units/foreign_language_teaching_center/

Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)

EUROSUD students can attend courses in over 30 languages at the Centre de Formation et d'autoformation en langues (CFAL) https://allsh.univ-amu.fr/CFAL, free of charge. In Semester 3, two mandatory language courses are included in the curriculum: English (which may be replaced by French courses for fluent English speakers) and a second language course to be chosen from among the available South European languages both credit bearing (3 ECTS each). 

LUISS Guido Carli 

Master students are offered an Italian Course (non-credit-bearing). Normally the course starts at the end of September. Students have to manifest their interest for the course at the beginning of September.