The MEPP programme aims to give an interdisciplinary approach towards governance with and within EU institutions. KU Leuven prides itself on its high academic rigour and reputation. MEPP offers students the opportunity to study at the heart of Europe but also to study at one of Europe's oldest and most well established univeristies. Leuven remains at the forefront and centre of European Politics and Policy development. Leuven offers opportunities to engage in European affairs at all levels, which is both promoted and supported by the Department of Social Sciences with regular interaction with developments in Brussels.

Tuition Fees

EEA-Students:          €3,500

Non-EEA Students:   €6,000


MEPP Students develop a strong understanding of Public Administration and Management, with courses on European decision making and and policy fields in the first semester. In most courses class discussions and questioning is encouraged, requiring you to prepare for lectures in advance. Group work and/or presentations are part of the teaching method, requiring significant work outside of class. Throughout the year students will work on their dissertation.

Students require 60 credits to complete the MEPP course.

(?) Credits (S1) Semester 1 (S2) Semester 2

Compulsory Courses (44 Credits):

Master's Thesis (15) (S1 & S2)

Research Seminar (5) (S1)

European Union Policy-Making (4) (S1)

Comparative Public Administration in Europe (4) (S1)

Comparative Public Management in Europe (4) (S1)

Comparative Public Policy in Europe (4) (S2)

Current Issues in European Politics, Policy and Government (4) (S2)

Pressure Groups in the European Union (4) (S2)


Preferential elective courses (min. 10 credits):

European Foreign Policy (6) (S1)

Global Environmental Politics (6) (S1)

Europe’s Climate Energy and Environmental Policy (4) (S1)
(Academic year 2019/20 onwards)

Russia and Eurasia in the Global Context (6) (S1)
(Academic year 2019/20 onwards)

Information Management in the Public Sector (6) (S1)

Solidarity in European Welfare States: Trends and Challenges (5) (S1)

Global politics and diplomacy (4) (S1)

Trade Dimensions of EU policies (6) (S2)

China and Global Politics (4) (S2)

Free elective courses:

Constitutional Law of the European Union (6) (S1)

European Social Security Law (3) (S1)

Economic Aspects of European Integration (4) (S1)

Managerial Aspects of European Integration (6) (S1)

Organizational Decision Making and Change (4) (S2)

Survey Methodology (4) (S2)


See MEPP programme book, for more profound description of courses.

The MEPP program is an exceptionally well structured Master’s course with brilliant professors and a sparkling international environment
— Janos Harcsa, MEPP 2007

In my opinion the combination of ‘pure’ academics and established practitioners added significantly to the quality of the MEPP programme.
— Jim Rusagara, MEPP 2014

Master's THESIS

Each student is expected to complete a 15,000 word dissertation either for submission in May or August. Topics for the dissertation are dependent on the interests of the professor. On arrival in Leuven students are expected to begin planning their thesis and consult tutors and professors in order to find a promoter who will oversee the formulation of their dissertation. The work is expected to be of potentially publishable quality which makes a contribution to the theory and practice of public administration, public policy making and public management within a European context, taking account of European affairs.

Some tutors or promoters will specify the topics that they will oversee. The list of topics for 2018-19 can be consulted here (pdf). Students with their own topics require a relevant tutor to sign off on the topic.