Academic programme

Academic programme

Students follow the academic programme of the department in which they are enrolled, with the following modifications.

Introductory course

Before the start of the academic year, EPPA students follow a two-week compulsory ‘introductory course’ in the other discipline: political scientists in economics, with an emphasis on micro-economics, and economists in European politics and law.

During the first semester

Joint course: Both politics and economics students follow one joint compulsory course which provides them with the analytical tools required for the design and appraisal of policies. This course, open only to EPPA students, is Public Policy Analysis (30 h) taught by Prof. Massimo BORDIGNON. The course provides a thorough grounding in the science and art of policy formulation, setting feasible and testable objectives, choosing appropriate policy instruments, assessing policy outcomes and procedures and adjustment of policy targets.

Cross-over course: Students must also follow one compulsory course in the other department: politics students follow 20 hours of the course on The Economics of European Integration by Prof. DUMONT & Prof. MOSCOVICI. Economics students follow 20 hours of the course on Politics and Policies of the EU of Prof. Olivier COSTA. In addition, politics and economics students follow their departmental compulsory courses.

Differences with the regular course programmes: students from the Economics Department do not follow the course ‘Introduction au droit de l'Union européenne’  by Prof. VAN WAEYENBERGE.

Students from the Politics Department do not follow the course on 'The Political Economy of European Integration' by Prof. Michele CHANG 

During the second semester

Joint seminar: students follow a 50-hour compulsory joint seminar on case analysis. The cases will be drawn from important but diverse policy fields such as competition, transport, infrastructure and public health. This seminar, open only to EPPA students, will be given by Prof. Phedon NICOLAIDES,  Prof. Mathias KIFMANN and Prof. Wolfgang SCHADE.

Pool system within each department: Unlike regular students, who follow four optional courses/seminars, EPPA students follow only two optional courses/seminars within their department. These are chosen from a defined pool of courses/seminars associated with the programme.

In addition, economics students will follow an 8-hour compact seminar on 'Audit of Public Policy Performance', given by Prof. Michael KELL. Politics students can follow a special workshop on “How to make it work? Capacity for the implementation of European policies across Member State public administrations”, given by Prof.  Michael KAEDING.

Master's thesis: in the second semester, each student is required to write a Master's thesis. For EPPA students, the respective departmental rules apply: Economics Department; Politics Department.

Additionally, EPPA students can write their thesis in the framework of the Joint Seminar for Case Analysis.

European General Studies Programme

EPPA students follow one of the second semester seminars. For economics students this course should be in French.

The study programmes are revised annually to ensure continuing excellence and dynamism.