• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) offers both academic rigor and reputation with EU practitioner insight. This programme is a one-year Advanced Masters that builds on the international reputation of KU Leuven and develops a course that prepares students for careers in governments, international bodies and research. 


With an explicit focus on European countries and the European Union, and the comparative aspect of research, the Master in European Politics and Policies is a rigorous and valuable course for individuals interested in the EU and Europe.

This one-year, postgraduate programme has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European countries on the other. In promoting comparative approaches, MEPP not only seeks to strengthen cognitive capacities and analytical skills, but also to foster an open-minded attitude towards diversity.

Interactive courses in small groups

Experience our excellent research-based education in a small and international student group, providing you all the opportunities for a rich learning experience. A specific focus is placed on the use of case studies; the emphasis is placed on how problems can be solved. Moreover, each class involves a considerable amount of self-study and assignments that are meant to help you assimilate the information presented in a quick and effective way. Added value is created by giving attention to the practical challenges of professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions.

An explicit European Policy and Public Administration programme

A strong core of compulsory courses acquaints you with the comparative study of public policies, public administration and public management in different member states and with the political dynamics of European integration itself. The rich variety of electives enables you to explore particular interests. You will gain necessary research skills, culminating in a dissertation.


  • The students can describe, explain and illustrate the possibilities and limitations of the disciplinary knowledge and state-of-the-art theory specific to public management, public administration and public policy analysis in Europe from a comparative perspective .
  • The students can recognize, contextualize, explain and interpret political phenomena and developments in the public sector on the basis of their knowledge and insights into public management, public administration and public policy in Europe.
  • The students understand the normative assumptions and implications of theories from public management, public administration and public policy.
  • The students can independently transform a complex problem into research questions, a research design and prepare independently a complete empirical cycle to formulate an answer for each research question.
  • The students can find, select, critically assess and use correct references for relevant and complex resources and information and they can use these resources independently for their own research.
  • The students identify the relevant structures of the public sector in Europe and analyze its function within society .
  • The students describe the changes occurring in the environment of public sector organizations and can critically assess the impact of these changes on government.
Career perspectives

This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and the private sector. The MEPP programme can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in political science and public administration.

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Programme Structure

Mandatory Courses

  • European Union Policy-making
  • Comparative Public Administration in Europe
  • Comparative Public Management in Europe
  • Comparative Public Policy in Europe
  • Pressure Groups in the European Union
  • Current Issues in European Politics, Policy and Government

Research Seminar

Master's Thesis

Preferential Electives

  • European Foreign Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Solidarity in European Welfare States: Trends and Challenges in Social Policy
  • Information Management in the Public Sector
  • International Political Economy
  • Russia and Eurasia in the Global Context
  • Europe's Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy: Internal and External Dimensions
  • Trade Dimensions of EU Policies
  • China and Global Politics

Free elective courses

  • Constitutional Law of the European Union, including Discussion Sessions
  • Economic Aspects of European Integration
  • European Social Security Law
  • Organizational Decision Making and Change
  • Managerial Aspects of European Integration
  • Survey Methodology


To embark on the MEPP programme, you should have a solid background in and knowledge of the institutional developments and political processes in your home country, as well as those at the international and/or European level. In addition, you should show a genuine interest in comparative analysis and in the European integration process. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a university degree after at least 4 years of study in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Law, Economics or Contemporary European History0
  • The diploma should be obtained 'cum laude' ('honours'/ 'with distinction', 'Upper Second Class'/3,5 GPA) from an internationally recognized university. 
  • Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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