Academic Year 2018-2019

The First level master's course in EU affairs – EU Strategy and Policy Advisor is organized by the Department of Sociology and Social Research in collaboration with Euro Partners & Associés, a Brussels-based consulting firm.

The purpose of the course is to develop EU Strategy and Policy Advisors, professionals who are in great demand on the European labour market. These professionals combine the skills of experts in EU strategies and sector policies with the ability to oversee lobbying activities and to represent the interests of public and private entities in the European Union institutions.

The master’s course is taught in English. Applicants must have a knowledge of English at CEFR level B2 at least and prove that they have a basic knowledge of a second language of the European Union.

Course Objectives

The main goal of the Master’s course is to develop professionals who can be employed in consulting firms, public entities and private organizations, or work as freelancers and experienced consultants to support the planning and development of integrated programmes.

The course programme is designed to provide students with the skills required to understand the EU functioning and decision-making mechanisms, to initiate regulatory, political and financial follow-up actions for the priorities of the EU agenda, to identify and select opportunities in the evolution of the different sectors and to acquire the ability to plan and manage strategic projects.

The final examination consists in a policy paper, policy brief or position paper on one of the subjects dealt with during the internship in Brussels, which students must write and defend before an evaluation committee appointed by the Master’s scientific committee.

Students who have attended the programme regularly and have passed the periodic assessments and the final examination will be awarded a First level Master’s Degree in “EU Affairs – EU Strategy and Policy Advisor” in September 2019.

Attendance

The course will start in September 2018 and continue until September 2019.

It consists of 171 hours of in-class work, which includes lectures.

As part of the programme, students will also take a 500-hour, 3-month internship, organized by Euro Partners & Associés. All student will be supervised by a tutor at their hosting company. Euro Partners & Associés will also organize 8 webinars on EU–related themes of particular relevance (for example, on cohesion policy, development cooperation, Europe’s main financial institutions, Brexit and its impact on the 2020-2024 planning period), which will be held by well-renowned speakers.

Students must attend at least 70% of the course work.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

To participate in the selection procedure applicants must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • a degree awarded under regulations in force before Ministerial Decree no. 509/99;
  • a degree awarded under Ministerial Decree no. 270/04 or Ministerial Decree 509/99;
  • a foreign degree (equivalent to the above).

The selection procedure is open also to students who will obtain their qualification before the course start date. If they pass the admission test they will be put on the list of attending students “waiting for confirmation”, until they will obtain their degree.

Master’s students cannot enrol in other university courses at the same time.

Selection criteria

Participants must submit their application exclusively through the online application form by 12.00 of 8 June 2018.

The master’s scientific committee will select candidates based on their CV, their motivation letter, their English language qualification and their knowledge of a second EU language. The committee shall award points as follows:

  • Curriculum vitae: max. 60 points
  • Motivation letter: max. 15 points
  • Language qualifications: max. 25 points

The first 25 students on the list of eligible candidates are admitted to the Master’s course and will be invited to confirm their registration by paying the relevant fee. A minimum of 13 participants is required for the course to start.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees amount to 4,500 EUR to be paid in two instalments: the first one at the time of registration, the second before 28 December 2018.

All admitted students will receive a 750,00 EUR scholarship.

Students can also apply to receive a 900,00 EUR scholarship for their three-month internship period abroad (the call is always open). For further information visit: http://stage-placement.unitn.it/studenti/borse-di-studio-tirocini-all-estero-bando-aperto

Deadline overview

  • Deadline for online application: 8 June 2018, 12.00
  • Publication of admitted candidates: by 20 July 2018
  • Registration and payment of tuition fees: by 7 September 2018
  • Lessons start: 25 September 2018