MSc in European Politics and Governance (Distance Learning)








  • The Program is accredited by the The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA)
  • This Program is offered only in Greek

The aim of the MSc in European Politics and Governance Programme is to provide a course of advanced study to those who aspire to become effective leaders in European affairs in both the private and public sectors. The programme’s curriculum is designed to explore the essential elements of EU policies and to prepare students for increasingly complex responsibilities in diplomacy, international organizations and the public sector, local government, and research and non-profit organizations. The core curriculum emphasizes both the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage EU affairs and to understand the larger international, European and national settings in which policy is developed and tasks are defined and assessed.

The programme provides up-to-date knowledge in a number of diverse disciplines that make up the field of European Studies such as business/ economics, politics and law. In addition, the Programme equips students with analytical, accountability and leadership skills, enhances their decision-making ability and promotes organisational well-being within the context of a continually changing and competitive European environment.

A fundamental philosophy of the programme is its empirical approach to the study of governance, where the students’ newly acquired knowledge and skills are blended with their professional experience and are applied to real-life cases.

This approach broadens and deepens student understanding of cross-border issues and policy processes, fosters skills of research, analysis, synthesis and creativity and encourages innovation and awareness of the role of competing international actors; finally, it develops awareness of social, cultural, and global issues affecting policy decisions.


  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University of Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The flexibility of distance learning.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • The dynamic choice between synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
  • Competitive tuition fees.


During the academic year, for each of the courses, training sessions are held as follows: six (6) two-hour meetings with the lecturer for each course, who is responsible for informing, guiding, advising and evaluating students. These meetings are primarily aimed at the general support of students as well as in the elaboration, deepening and development of all what students are studying. Student’s presence at these meetings is not mandatory. However, the experience so far has shown that the student’s participation in them contributes to a fuller understanding of the subject matter, and in addition, increases the probability of a more positive student performance, both in the midterm assessments, and in the final examinations.

Each course is evaluated through the completion of one midterm assessment which is explicitly mentioned in the study curriculum and the study guides (essays, literature critiques, article manuscript for the university’s student journal etc.) during the semester, and final examinations at the end of the semester in appropriate locations identified in time, according to the geographic distribution of the students. Should a student not attend the examination, or has failed to take a winter or spring semester examination, he or she is entitled to re-sit the examination.

Midterm assessment can take various forms as described earlier like essays, research articles, presentations, literature critiques, book reviews etc, during the semester and corresponds corresponds to 40% of the final grade, while the final exam is 60%. For the student to succeed in a course, he / she must take both on the final grade and the midterm assessment a grade of at least 50%. The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology.

In the third semester students complete their Dissertation which corresponds to 30 ECTS. The length of the thesis depends on the type. In the case of a bibliographic thesis, it cannot be less than 12,000 words and more than 15,000 words. The bibliography, the annexes and the abstract are not included. After submission, the supervisor submits a written and reasoned report, with the student’s consent, to the members of the committee. Support for the thesis is done publicly or via an electronic videoconference before a three-member committee.



CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DMETH600Research Design and Empirical Methods in the Social SciencesCompulsory7.5
DMPA585European Governance and Negotiation ProceduresCompulsory7.5
DMEP400Theoretical Approaches to European IntegrationCompulsory7.5
DIRSS621Contemporary Issues in Global PoliticsCompulsory7.5


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DMEP300European Political EconomyCompulsory7.5
DMEP500Foreign Policy, Security and Defense in the European UnionCompulsory7.5
DMEP700Special Topics on Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European UnionCompulsory7.5
DIRSS622Special Topics in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East SecurityCompulsory7.5


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS


The necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application include:

  • Officially authenticated certificates of academic qualifications of university level (degree etc.).
  • The satisfactory knowledge of the English language is essential. The minimum requirement is the possession of a B1 level English language certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​or a degree of a corresponding level.
    • By decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program, special exams or any other test may take place for those candidates who do not have a degree of the abovementioned level so that their ability to meet the standards of the Postgraduate Program is verified.
  • Certificates of English Language and the minimum required grade
    • After admission, by the decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program students are likely to participate in additional English language courses in order to improve their ability to write their course work, written assignments and the dissertation.
  • A statement of personal interest.
  • Two reference letters, at least one of which should be of academic character.


The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.

The programme structure may change without prior notice, as a result of quality assurance procedures or/and programme recertification.


Register your interest and one of our admissions consultants will contact you with guidance and additional information.


Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos

Associate Professor in International Security and Strategy

Head of the Department of History, Politics and International Studies

Coordinator of the PhD Program in International Relations and Security

Coordinator of the BSc in International Relations & Security

Dr. Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos is the Head of Department of History, Politics and International Studies and former senior research fellow at the Neapolis University Pafos....

Giorgos Meramveliotakis

Assistant Professor of Economic Theory and Policy

Coordinator of the Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Coordinator of the MSc in European Politics & Governance

He has an extensive teaching experience at the University of Crete, the Hellenic Mediterranean University, the University of Roehampton and the University of Liverpool...

Konstantinos F. Doukakis

Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary History

Coordinator of the MA in Modern and Contemporary History (Distance Learning)

Konstantinos F. Doukakis (Corfu, 1979) is Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at Neapolis University, Paphos, Cyprus. His research interests relate to modern European economic and social history, to public policy and administration, as well as to the European and Greek versions of the welfare state....

Thomas Nektarios Papanastasiou

Associate Professor of Public International Law

Coordinator of the Distance LLM (DLLM) in International & European Business Law

Director of the Legal Clinic

Thomas-Nektarios Papanastasiou is an assistant professor of public international law. He holds a doctorate (PhD), specialized in International Investment Law and a Master’s degree (MA) in International Relations...

Artemis Savvidou

Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

Coordinator in Cypriot Law

Dr. Artemis D. Savvidou is a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure of Law School in NEAPOLIS University, Paphos since September 2013.....
Floros Flouros

Floros Flouros

Assistant Professor in International Political Economy: Energy, Security and Climate Change

Floros Flouros is a post-doc researcher at the University of Aegean researcher with main focus on security, energy security and climate change in the Mediterranean and Middle East region. He defended his PhD Thesis at the University of Peloponnese...
Marios Psychalis

Marios Psychalis

Lecturer in Public Economics

Marios Psychalis is a postdoc researcher investigating at the Department of Management Science and Technology University of the Peloponnese (UoP), holding also a PhD degree from the Department of Economics of the same university....

Georgios Maris

Research Fellow in in Political Economy of International Relations, University of Aegean

Georgios Maris is Associate Professor in Political Economy of International Relations at the University of the Aegean (Department of Mediterranean Studies).