This two-year program is aimed at those students who retain a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives while focusing on EU institutions and policies in a global environment.

This program is the result of a joint partnership between School of Government of LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy and the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

The strategic objectives are:

  • Advanced training on EU and international institutions
  • Global perspective on EU public policies with a focus on East Asia and Mediterranean affairs
  • Advanced seminar-style teaching
  • An international student body
  • Cultural experiences in Italy and the United Kingdom
  • Unrivalled academic competency with an international faculty from both universities
  • Strong professional and networking combining the strength of both LUISS School of Government in Rome e University of Sheffield
  • Practical training on EPSO selection procedures and EU Project Management Cycle
  • Access to the student services of both institutions irrespective of the period of study.

The Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield has reaffirmed its position among the top four leading politics departments in the country with the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In particular, it has been ranked as the third highest-performing research department in the UK. For more information on the Department, see here.

The course is jointly lead by:

  • Prof. Giovanni Orsina, Professor of Contemporary History and Deputy Director of LUISS School of Government
  • Dr. Matt Sleat, University of Sheffield


Programme Structure

The master allows students to:

  • be able to understand, the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive global developments;
  • acquire the tools to understand the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations;
  • develop an advanced understanding of issues of international governance and their significance;
  • design and conduct inquiries and subsequently report on scientific issues within international and European relations.

At the end of the course, students will have gained 120 ECTS/240 UK credits.

Semester 1: October-December 2017 LUISS School of Government, Rome, Italy

Students will need to take 3 out of the 4 following core modules:

  • European Politics in the 20th Century
  • European Macroeconomics
  • European Institutions and Democracy
  • Policies and Policymaking in the EU

Semester 2: March-June 2018 LUISS School of Government, Rome, Italy

Students will need to take 3 out of the following modules:

  • European Energy Economics and Policy
  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • Security and Migration in the Mediterranean
  • European Internal Market and Competition Policies
  • Germany and European Integration
  • History of European Integration
  • History and Politics of EU Aid Policy and Projects
  • Business and Economics in the Mediterranean Area
  • Cohesion Policies in the EU 2014
  • Transnational Activism, Global Governance, and the EU
  • European Social Policy

Compulsory Training (2 at choice - 4 ECTS)

  • EPSO Preparation course - 20h
  • Learning Policy Advise - 20h
  • European Project Management (EPM)

Compulsory Training (3 ECTS)

  • Simulation Exercise: Negotiation and Decision-making Processes in European Institution
  • Guest Professional and Academic Series

Additional Training

  • Career Service Training
  • Academic Methodology Training

Two compulsory term essays of 8.000 words each.

Semester 3 September-December 2018, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

Students will need to take 2 modules on global issues from the following list:

  • The Political Economy of Globalization
  • The Politics of International Law
  • Europeanization
  • Contemporary Global Security
  • Global Justice
  • Global Governance
  • Research Methods
  • United States Hegemony
  • The Governance and Politics of the European Union
  • Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
  • The Politics of Development
  • Wars, New Wars and the Liberal State
  • Theory and Practice of International Relations

Semester 4: January-May 2019, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

Students are expected to complete a 12-15,000 word research dissertation. Supervision will be led by a member of the academic community of the Department of Politics, the University of Sheffield with the support from the academic staff of the LUISS School of Government.

Career Opportunities

The program is ideal for those considering an advanced dealing with European and global issues since students will have the chance to explore different academic, professional and cultural environments. LUISS School of Government and University of Sheffield will support them in their placement by exploiting their global professional networks.

Our participants are expected to start a fast career in

  • National government
  • Multilateral organizations
  • Consulting
  • Public Affairs
  • Foundations and NGOs
  • National and international think tank.

In order to facilitate a rapid start of their careers, students will be provided with mandatory training in CV and interview skills, as well with access to professionals from international institutions and private corporations via guest seminars.

They will also be provided with advanced professional courses in EU project management and EU politics while entering into contact with the vibrant academic and professional community of the two institutions.

The program is also an excellent preparation for further research work by providing the necessary knowledge and skills for starting a Ph.D. program.

Students will be able to discuss these issues directly with the two Directors of the program.


Tuition fees for the Master of Arts in European and Global Affairs have been fixed at € 15.000 to be paid in two installments:

  • € 7500 for the first year at LUISS School of Government
  • € 7500 for the second year at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
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