Postgraduate Programme

The Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making is a blended-learning programme that combines 5 EU Modules online courses (digital learning) with the Inter-University Summer School (face-to-face)

Online Courses

The 5 EU Modules are taught entirely online using enquiry-based learning as guiding method, by placing the students at the core of the learning process while the instructors’ role is to present them with puzzles and guide them throughout the process. The programme involves self-study, written assignments, group discussions, communication with peers and tutors, support, and continuous feedback. All students get access to the online courses for a period of 12 months, the entire duration of the programme.

The course on History and Theories of European Integration has a two-fold aim: first, it is designed to provide a critical inquiry on the main social, political and economic events that determined unprecedented cooperation in Europe in the aftermaths of World War II. We will follow each milestone of European integration by looking at the provisions and effects of every succeeding treaty, agreement or enlargement wave on the (old and new) Member States, the Union itself, as well as third countries and the broader international community. Secondly the course aims to add its contribution to the debate on the nature of the European integration process by discussing the major theories that have attempted to explain the sources of European integration and their consequences. At the end of this course you should have a clear overview on the European integration process from “Paris to Lisbon” and, as such, a better understanding of the nature of the Union’s contemporary challenges.
The course on European Union Institutions provides a detailed analysis of the different European institutions, explaining their background, role, structure and working practices. After zooming out in order to offer an overview of the EU institutional setup from a historical perspective, the focus shifts to explaining, in turn, the rationale behind each institution and, more importantly, its internal functioning mechanisms. Up-to-date resources on the current and future developments complement the essential learning material. By the end of the course you will have acquired a thorough understanding of the EU institution-design process as well as in-depth knowledge of the internal processes within the main EU institutions.
The “European Union Decision-making and Law” course offers an in depth analysis of the decision-making methods, according to policy fields, underlining the role of each EU institutions at the various stages of the process. The course also explains the nature and scope of European law. The main principles and characteristics of EU law are outlined and discussed. References to the relevant case law and Treaty articles are systematically provided throughout the module, with the aim of increasing the understanding of complex legal concepts. By the end of the course you will have a good grasp of how the main EU actors interact in the decision-making process and you will be able to correctly assess current developments in the European Union.
The course on “European Public Policy Analysis” aims to provide the necessary tools to analyse EU public policies. The course focuses on the essential aspects of European economic integration, starting from the Internal Market with its four freedoms and moving on to analyzing in-depth various policy areas such as European Monetary Policy, Competition Policy and Common Agricultural Policy. Throughout the course, you will monitor and discuss current events related to the topics studied and you will be able to interact with EU policy experts. At the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the most important policies of the EU and you will be able to critically evaluate their present and future impact on the everyday life of EU citizens.
This course focuses on European foreign policy, i.e. the ‘external dimension’ of European politics, exploring the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world. The course looks at three key issues: the broad policies by which the EU has come to define itself as a foreign policy actor, the tools with which it conducts its external affairs, and the EU’s roadmaps, or strategies that vary depending upon country, region or institution. All three of these components are explored thematically, i.e. by reviewing the major facets of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, the post-Lisbon transformation to a widened set of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy’ (FASP), including security, defence, trade and development relations, the geopolitics of its Neighbourhood policy, including shifting dynamics with Russia, the US, its eastern and southern neighbors in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Current students can access the courses by logging in to the Canvas portal here.

What is expected of you?

An average time commitment of up to 10-12 hours per week should be envisaged when taking this programme. A strong sense of self-discipline is required.

Summer School

The Summer School is an integral part of the 25 ECTS Postgraduate Certificate programme. It plays a complementary role, in that it offers an in-depth analysis of the institutional set-up and decision-making process in the European Union. Moreover, the summer school provides students with the opportunity to simulate the negotiation process in the European Council, which is an excellent exercise that prepares students for a career in and around the EU institutions. The first week of the summer school is organised in Brussels while the second week takes place in Vienna.

Check out the Summerschool Website for more indepth information about the programme of the Summer School