Double Master Degree in Public Policy and European Affairs (MPP-MEA)
The self-funded, full-time, two-year Double Master Degree in Public Policy and European Affairs (MPP-MEA) is offered by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, and the Sciences Po, School of Public Affairs. The programme will be a rewarding experience for students of both universities. Students applying to this single-track double master degree programme will have the opportunity to learn public policy skills and broad-based knowledge taught in one of the most globalised public policy schools in Europe. In their second year, they will be exposed to public policy concepts and frameworks taught through a distinctly Asian context in Singapore.
In addition to providing special curricular features and educational outcomes, the proposed programme will offer a unique framework for the development of specific professional skills focused on European and Asian markets. Specifically, students in their first year at Sciences Po will be able to develop professional skills specific to the European labour market through dedicated activities and fairs organised by Sciences Po’s Career Services. In their second year, they will be able to assess the opportunities and services – including internships – available through Career Services at LKYSPP. They would thus graduate with specific professional skills and knowledge of the respective labour markets in Europe and Asia.
The MPP-MEA cohort comprises 10 to 25 students.
The MPP-MEA curriculum comprises core modules that are complemented by a wide range of specialisation modules and electives. Click here for more curriculum details.
Students of this programme would need to complete an internship during the summer break between the first year and the second year. Students are encouraged to pursue internships in the public, private or non-profit sector. We actively engage leading think-tanks, consulting firms, multilateral institutions and non-profit organisations to facilitate internships. Internship opportunities are posted regularly throughout the year on the schools’ websites.
Subsidy is available for International Students and Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Click here to learn about the cost of fees.
Applicants have to fulfil the admission requirements for both universities in order to gain admission to this programme. Students are to apply through the Sciences Po Admissions System.
Click here for more details on admissions criteria and required documents.
Frequently Asked Questions1. What are the key benefits of studying MPP-MEA?
- To all students of the MPP-MEA, the MPP-MEA oﬀers a comprehensive programme for students through the study of public policy in a European context before proceeding to ground their learning in an Asian and SG context.
- The capstone for the MPP-MEA is unique and the only programme with a capstone in Sciences Po that is a collaborated eﬀort between two universities. Through the capstone modules, students will be able to apply theories learnt from the programme on actual case studies that were relevant to two countries.
- The MEA component would allow students to study the EU law, economics of EU and the free movement within EU. While students of non EU nationalities would not be able to work in the public service inEU, through the study of the MPP-MEA, they would be able to understand how EU worked and leverage this knowledge for other careers in the private sector (consultancies, etc) or even in the non-proﬁt sectors. Students will learn to manage diversity and develop sensitivity in cross-cultural diﬀerences, which are highly valuable attributes in an increasingly global market.
- Students can develop their language ﬂuency in either a European or an Asian language during their studies, helping them to build a competence proﬁle in the job market and contributing to employability.
- Students get to take away unique cultural experiences studying in Paris and Singapore, two of the world’s most inﬂuential and vibrant cities.
2. What are the career opportunities lined up for graduates of MPP-MEA? What do graduates of non-EU nationalities do post-graduation?
- Our MPP-MEA programme is an interdisciplinary and multicultural degree programme that prepares our students to work in the public and private sectors, particularly in departments focused on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates are equipped with knowledge that they can use in various career paths such as journalism, consultancy and research.
3. Why study MPP-MEA at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and Sciences Po?
- Students applying to this single-track double master degree programme will have the opportunity to learn public policy skills and broad-based knowledge taught at Sciences Po, one of the most globalised public policy schools in Europe. In their second year, they will be exposed to public policy concepts and frameworks taught through a distinctly Asian context in Singapore.
4. There are other programmes that Sciences PO has with Asia (e.g. Dual Degree "Europe and Asia in Global Affairs" with Fudan University (Shanghai, China); Dual Degree with the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, how is MPP-MEA better? Similarly, LSE and PKU has a double degree in international affairs.
- As compared to the Dual Degree in European Affairs with Fudan University (Shanghai), this programme focuses on the Asia element which will provide a holistic Asian view for participants. As compared to the Fudan partnership which focuses more on China and its international relations, the MPP-MEA will be more comprehensive, giving a strong insight on how public policies are made and evaluated in the EU and in Singapore.
- As compared to the Dual degrees in Public Policy (e.g. University of Tokyo, LSE-PKU Master Degree in International Affairs), the MPP-MEA provides a focus on European studies. Europe has a rich history and with the evolving EU, this will be an exciting time to study European Aﬀairs.
5. How is the European Affairs studies (MEA) component relevant to Asian candidates?
- It is an exciting time for Asian students to study European Aﬀairs. Though Europe has a rich history, the young European Union (EU) is evolving and the continent is an integrated part of international politics caused by growing globalisation. Asian students will learn the foundations of the European integration project studying its political system, the legal framework and the economics aspects. They will therefore be able to deeply understand the problems inherent in the current European society from various perspectives, their roots and the possibilities for the future. Our Asian students will learn to analyse problems and possibilities inherent in the current European society from various perspectives. After graduation, Asian students can ﬁnd exciting careers in consultancy, research – areas that require deep understanding of how the European Union work.
6. Why is studying Europe-Asia important? Will students get to study about the perception of EU in Asia? And what else?
- Europe is important to Asia, the level of interdependence between the two continents is increasing and problems are transboundary. Asia as a region is EU’s main trade and investment partner and the various challenges that Asia face in its future have implications for sustainability and security that cannot be ignored by Europe. Our students will have a comprehensive knowledge about EU that allows them to devise solutions to tackle complex problems, dismantling barriers between the two continents.
7. Is European studies increasingly being adopted? Why so?
- Since the Brexit referendum, studying European studies has become increasingly adopted. What the impact of United Kingdom’s exit from the EU remains much unknown and its eﬀect on the future development of European integration and worldwide economic situation. Whatever the future of the EU will look like, one thing is clear: society needs generalists who are capable of identifying and ideally, solving topical problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.
8. How can I apply to attend the language course of my interest?
- Students need to follow either a European or Asian language throughout their course of study and they can register their language of preference during the module enrolment process
9. What are the qualifications I need to qualify for this programme?
- Applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements for both universities and applications have to be submitted via Sciences Po. The admissions criteria will focus on the applicant’s academic performance, analytical ability, language and communication skills and leadership. Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
- The ideal applicant should have an excellent academic record and meet the following criteria:
- Some background in Mathematics and Economics
- Have a good command of the English Language
10. I may miss some modules due to personal/work commitments, is it compulsory to study a year in Singapore and Paris?
- To ensure that our students fully develop professional skills speciﬁc to European and Asian markets, it is compulsory that students study for a year in Paris and the following year in Singapore. If you are unable to commit to the study period, you can apply for Leave of Absence in the school’s system.
11. Why is Singapore my study destination of choice in Asia?
Against a backdrop of a rising Asia, being in Singapore gives our students the perfect opportunity to watch the action unfold right in front of their eyes. The LKYSPP is based in Singapore, an established education hub with an outstanding quality of pedagogy. A gleaming metropolitan city-state, Singapore is a diverse melting pot of both Eastern and Western cultures. Its central location in the heart of Southeast Asia also makes it an ideal base for students to explore and learn about this rapidly-developing region.
12. Why should I study the MPP component of the dual programme at the LKYSPP?
- The LKYSPP is widely recognised as one of the world’s top public policy institutions. It is a member of the Global Public Policy Network which includes the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia. LKYSPP is also part of the National University of Singapore, a world-class institution consistently ranked among the best in Asia and the world.
Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 6516 8004.