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 summer school featuring dissertation/project workshops and seminars on advanced research techniques will be held on the third week of June in Lisbon.

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 in Aix-Marseille where the language of instruction is French. 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) or Italian (in Rome) if they so wish. 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 five courses from the following:
  • Contemporary Political Theory (6 ECTS)
  • Democratization and Political Reform in Turkey and Iran* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)
  • History of Political Thought (6 ECTS)
  • Political Islam in the Magreb and Mashreq* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)
  • Democratic transition Processes in the Arab World* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)
  • Public Administration and Management (6 ECTS)
  • Public Policy Analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Research Seminar (6 ECTS)

* Students can take up to 12 ECTS of the courses 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 - Summer School

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

Year 2 - semester 3

Semester 3 – NKUA, AMU or LUISS (30 ECTS) UAM (24 ECTS) (Thematic Pathways)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change

Students choose three courses from the following:

  • Economic Transition Pathways in Southeastern Europe: Disruptions, Challenges and Prospects (10 ECTS)
  • Attempting Transformation:European Union enlargement to Southeast 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

Students choose four courses from the following:

  • Elections and Electorial Behaviour (6 ECTS)
  • European Union (6 ECTS)
  • Methods for the study of Public Administration and Policies (6 ECTS)
  • Quantitative techniques for research in Political Science (6 ECTS)
  • Representation and political participation (6 ECTS)
  • Theories of Nationalism (6 ECTS)

Aix-Marseille Université – Borders

All courses are taught in French 

Students will take all the following courses:
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 
  • Reforming European institutions and democracy (7 ECTS) Core 
  • 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

  • Research Seminar (6 ECTS) Core 

The main aim of this course is to introduce postgraduate students to the main scientific and methodological debates in Political Science, as part of their research training. The program varies every year.

A choice of one of the optional courses offered in Semester 2, taught in English or in Spanish, for 6 ECTS credits

Research Track
  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (18 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)

This course consists of an introductory seminar about how to do research. Students will present their initial research proposals and will discuss those of their classmates having in mind what characterizes good quality research. This activity can be developed in collaboration with the course on Research Design in the Social Sciences. 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 Introduction to Research Paper. 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 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.

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 and second semester. The activities will be developed 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.

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.