Our International Politics and Europe (IPEU) programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of International Relations and International Political Economy. Our MA and Diploma in IPEU are leading programmes and the Department is an international centre for research on International Relations and European politics, with staff at the cutting edge of research in these areas. The programme is very useful to students keen to understand past and present international relations of Europe, and the European Union (EU) amidst times of crisis and in constantly changing world.
The combined study of International Relations and the EU make taught Masters in IPEU at the University of Warwick distinct from many other European Studies programmes. In addition, the economic crisis in Europe provides a timely opportunity to explore the global presence of the EU and how it is shaped by growing political and economic challenges at home and abroad. In this regard, the MA in IPEU examines the EU, its significance for the world system and the various ways in which it engages with the global political economy. Students are given a disciplinary grounding in either International Relations or International Political Economy and are required through the core module 'Europe and the World' to contemplate questions such as:
- How does the EU organise itself as an actor in the world system?
- To what extent does it by-pass the foreign policy and external relations interests of its component member states?
- Does the EU represent a novel and distinctive presence on the international scene, particularly in comparison with the US?
- Can the EU contribute to a more open, democratic and human rights-based global polity?
- Is the EU merely an organisation prop of neoliberal globalisation?
- How does the current economic crisis affect the international role of the EU?
The student experience
"Choosing to undertake the IPEU MA at Warwick was one of the best decisions I have ever made. One of the best attributes of the Warwick MA is the flexibility offered for what modules we are allowed to take. While my focus was on the EU, I was still able to take a module on international political economy. This flexibility, in turn, allowed me to further specialize and proved to be incredibly helpful when it came time to write my dissertation. I chose the IPEU program at Warwick because of this flexibility, in addition to its location. I wanted to have the opportunity live in the UK, but I didn’t want to live in London. Studying at Warwick allowed me to become a real part of the community; this is what made my experience so memorable. Not only did I get a world-class education, but I also was able to make great friends, and feel like I was part of a community."
- Travis Nelson, MA International Politics and Europe 2012-13