Why study at EPRC
EPRC offers a number of opportunities for the attainment of MPhil or PhD degrees and a new and unique ‘International Masters in Regional and Territorial Development’ aimed at practitioners.
PhD/MPhil by research
EPRC has a record of successful supervision of PhD and MPhil candidates. The first ever PhD student graduated from the Centre passed her VIVA without changes and won First Prize in the prestigious European Committee of the Regions doctoral thesis competition, and all subsequent PhD candidates passed their VIVAs smoothly, a testament of the excellent supervision provided by the centre.
EPRC welcomes high-quality applications for MPhil or PhD research in its core areas of activity, namely:
- Regional economic development in Europe: regional disparities in the context of the crisis/austerity; regional innovative business networks and regional innovation strategies; the role of universities in regional development;
- Regional policy in Europe: the design and implementation of regional policy by national governments; policy interaction between European, national and sub-national levels; the evaluation of regional policy; future challenges for regional policy;
- EU Cohesion policy and other structural policies: the design and implementation of EU regional policies (Structural and Cohesion Fund programmes, pre-accession instruments);
- Regional State aid policy and competition policy: State aid control policies under the EC and EEA Treaties and the Europe Agreements;
European spatial development and policy: territorial cooperation; city regions and urban development; peripheral, rural regions. Of particular interest are proposals combining theoretical and applied research, and which are also capable of contributing to the design and delivery of policy. Comparative research projects, analysing regional development and policy across countries, regions and jurisdictions are welcomed.
EPRC also welcomes externally-funded visiting postgraduates based in other institutions, but engaged in research related to EPRC core areas of activity.
Candidates for the degree of PhD must normally hold a first or upper second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university, and must undertake research for a period of three years full-time or a minimum of 48 months part-time. Each candidate is normally assigned a primary and secondary supervisor from the academic staff of the School of Government and Public Policy. A PhD dissertation is usually around 80,000-100,000 words in length.
Candidates for the degree of Masters by research are also normally required to hold a first or upper second class Honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Candidates must submit a thesis embodying the results of their research; this may be a record of original research, a critical review of existing knowledge or a combination of these two forms. An MPhil dissertation is usually around 50,000 words in length.
International Masters in Regional and Territorial Development Policy
Equipping decision-makers with theoretical and applied knowledge for the job
EPRC is currently working on a new MSc course on Regional and Territorial Development Policy .
The course would be predominantly aimed at practitioners, mainly policy officials from EU Member States, pre-accession countries and beyond, particularly those engaged in managing and implementing European Structural and Investment Funds, as well as other regional and territorial development policies. It would equip students to:
- understand, interpret and apply key concepts and methods required in the analysis and implementation of regional development policies;
- engage with primary and secondary information on the topic, i.e. datasets and existing scholarship;
- acquire the necessary research skills to undertake independent work in this field;
- discuss critically complex areas of regional development and related policies;
- acquire skills enabling the better design and implementation of practical policies.
The key features of the course would be its: policy focus, international scope, blended teaching model (with block modules and online teaching); applied and hands-on content; and, flexibility in the qualifications offered (from Certificate, to Diploma, to the full Masters degree). This course would be taught part-time over 24 months, including dissertation for those seeking to obtain the full Masters degree.