Program in European politics


Program Description

This is an advanced program focused on the regulation of contemporary societies in a globalized world. It reflects major political issues but as well their resolution. Moreover, it offers courses focused on the regulation of international politics at the European and Global levels during which students will acquire the knowledge and the skills required to understand and influence the world of tomorrow.


In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security has colonized our language as much as our everyday lives. Not a day goes by without politicians and media outlets mentioning yet another ‘security issue’. The master’s program in International and Security Politics asks what this tells us about our contemporary world and whether our world has really become more dangerous and uncertain than before.

At the intersection of international relations studies, security and defense studies, political theory, sociology, and history, this program provides a deep understanding of how security and international security transform both conceptually and practically in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analyzing the role of different actors in shaping and addressing security issues which develop beyond the single framework of action of States. The program seeks to provide students with the necessary critical skills for understanding and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving security-related issues (from transnational armed conflicts and violence to environmental and IT security), and the growing uncertainty attached to them.

Career opportunities

  • Public administration at the national and sub-national level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
  • International and European organizations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
  • NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups, and lobbies open recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
  • Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
  • Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access Ph.D. programs in order to pursue an academic career.

Study plan

Semester 1

  • Seminars
  • Global history
  • Global challenges
  • History of European integration
  • Public policy

Core courses

  • Use of force in world politics
  • Politics in Southeastern Europe
  • Political economy of natural resources

Optional courses

  • European Local Government Systems
  • Migrations and Immigrations in Europe
  • New and Social Media in Europe
  • History, Geography, and Globalization

Semester 2

  • Seminars
  • French politics
  • French
  • Core courses
  • EU and Global Governance
  • Introduction to the Law and Institutions of the EU
  • Introduction to Sociology

Optional courses

  • Interests Representation and Lobbying in Europe
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Theatre Workshop
  • Ethics of Care

Admission procedure

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for admission, students are required to submit:

  • Most recent diploma
  • Academic transcript  
  • Personal statement in English. Personal statements explain your interest in the study program and its aims.
  • CV in English

How to apply

  1. Create your account and submit your application through the admission platform:
  2. Send the requested documents to:
  3. When accepted, complete your registration on 
Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political ... Read More

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary education oriented towards political careers and Europe. As the successor to the School of Social and Political Sciences created within the Catholic University of Lille in 1894, ESPOL emphasizes on human values and on ethics of responsibilities - indispensable qualities for making one’s way in today’s world. Read less