MA EU External Relations – Exciting Scholarship Announcement

MA EU External Relations

We will be launching a brand new MA degree from September 2015, MA EU External Relations. This programme draws on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent.

Modules offered:

  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU International Relations Law
  • EU Politics and Governance
  • Europe and Global Change
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Relations Theory

 To celebrate the launch of this new degree programme, we will be offering one full scholarship (worth €16,500 and equivalent to a 100% fee waiver) to one successful recipient.

To apply for the scholarship, you should apply for the MA EU External Relations programme online before the 24th April and state in the “Reasons for Study” section on the application your interest in the scholarship.

Applications should be made online, here:

For more information please email or visit

This is a new MA programme offered as of 2015-2016. It replaces the MA in European Public Policy.

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Silent Study Space

Following the successful format of the Silent Study Space last summer, I am pleased to report that we have reverted Seminars 2 + 3 to the silent study area.

In the first instance, this will cover the period in which students are writing their papers and preparing for May examinations.

Please adhere to the rules and use this area for silent study only.

These changes have taken place and the silent study area is now fully operable.

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Dr Maria Mälksoo speaking at the Baltic Symposium 2018 in London

Dr Maria Mälksoo will present at the Baltic Symposium 2018 at the UCL, London on 20th April 2018. Her talk is entitled ‘Baltic Security Dilemmas and Elegies‘. 

The Baltic Symposium 2018 is organised by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Baltic Council in Great Britain, and the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in London.

More information available here:



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Bank Holidays – May 2018

The main office and teaching side will be closed on the following Belgian Bank Holidays:-

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018

Monday 21st May 2018


As usual, you will be able to access the student side 24 hours a day with your access card.

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Main office close Friday 13/04

Please note that the BSIS main office will be closed on Friday 13th April 2018.

The Professional Services Team (PST) from the University of Kent European Centres will be on their Away Day.

We will close the main office on Thursday 12th April at 16:00 and re-open on Monday 16th April at 9:30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kind Regards,

Kimberley Attard-Owen | Office Administrator (Facilities)

Tania Durt | Office Administrator (Research Support and Events) 

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Yvan Guichaoua – Invited lecturer by the Middle East Directions Programme

Yvan Guichaoua gave a lecture on Violent  Jihad and Counter-Terrorism: How are Tribal Relations Rehspaed in Northern Mali?

This lecture was part of the workshop on Tribes and Global Jihadism and took place in Florence, 27th February 2018.

Watch Yvan in action:


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BSIS International Conference “Digital Disruptions” TOMORROW – not too late to register!

Dear all — MA, LLM students, PhD researchers and academic colleagues —

 Just a note to say that it is not too late to register for “Digital Disruptions: How Technology Changes Our Reality”, this year’s BSIS International Conference. It is tomorrow, Thursday 5 April, starting at 9 AM.

 The exact schedule is here:​ and the description of each panel of the conference is here: 

You can sign up here: 

Hope to see you there for at least one panel —



Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, Ph.D.

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Dr Maria Mälksoo’s article published in International Studies Review

Dr Maria Mälksoo published an article on the transitional justice and foreign policy nexus in the International Studies Review (Oxford University Press). The article is available here:

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Easter Opening Hours

Please note, the BSIS Office will be open as usual on Good Friday, but will be closed on Easter Monday (Monday 2nd April) for the Belgian Bank Holiday.

Joyeuses Pâques!



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Kent Business School’s MBA trip to Brussels 2018

Kent Business School has been visiting Brussels and Paris with their Masters in Business Administration students for several years.

This year, Professor Jeremy Carrette, Dean of Europe, welcomed the group of 20 MBA students to BSIS in Brussels. The theme for this year’s trip is “Brexit or Brino? Business, and the EU”.

Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, Academic Director for BSIS gave a talk to the students on Migration in the EU.

As a part of the visit, Dr Carl Wright, UNA-UK Trustee joined the students to share his more than 40 years of professional experience of working with the UN, the Commonwealth, the Eu and intergovernmental organisations.

The MBA students will be visiting the European Parliament and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions in Brussels.

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New Library e-resource: Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive

The University of Kent Templeman Library has taken out a new subscription for Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive.

It includes economic, social and political indicator data from 1815 onwards from over 200 countries  including information on military expenditure, electoral data and political systems.

Abigail Heath is currently working on a help guide which will be added to the Library subject webpage.

In the meantime, please feel free to consul this source of information!

The direct link to the Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive is: .

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