MSc/MRes International Relations Trip to Brussels

Published: 23 May 2023

A cohort of 29 of our postgraduate students and staff made the trip in April

As part of our International Relations MSc/MRes programmes, a 29-strong cohort from the School visited key regional, European and global institutions in the Brussels Quarter. These included: Scotland House, the Commission, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and the World Bank. The trip was organised by Dr Ian PatersonDr Cherry Miller and Adam Cabuk.

The aim of the trip was for course members to hear, first hand, from experts about policies and practices of these institutions; make dissertation oriented enquiries and to seek options for future employability in these institutions.

Key highlights of their time in Brussels included expert talks about green policy, EU democracy and human rights; a joint debate in the European External Action service on tackling migration with students from Regent’s University London and a tour of the European Parliament.

Those who took part found the trip extremely beneficial, academically and socially, and some of the feedback included:

“It's all well and good reading about these institutions but seeing them and hearing from a diverse group of speakers really brought them to life”

“The trip really deepened my understanding of the European Union, both in terms of the EU and in terms of my desire to work in international organisations, something that I would not have dared to imagine before” 

“The trip was a great way to deepen connections with my cohort – I really loved the it!”

First published: 23 May 2023

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