University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

The University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is a specialist postgraduate centre offering advanced English language-based degrees covering the spectrum of international affairs. We host five academic schools of the University of Kent which allows students to specialise in one programme while informing their personal approach to international studies with courses spanning such disciplines as political science, law, sociology, history and economics.

The broad selection of taught and research programmes available, ranging from politics and international relations to law, migration and conflict studies, means you can choose a degree that best reflects your interests. We promote flexibility and offer course start dates in September and January, and the opportunity to take up an internship to complement your studies.

You may choose to focus on one degree, but you also have the possibility of selecting one of these subjects as a secondary area of focus. You could, for instance, read for an LLM in International Law with International Migration.

Degrees are full degrees of the University of Kent, and are also accredited by the higher education accrediting body for the Flemish Community in Belgium (NVAO) and recognised by the Flemish Government. The University of Kent is the only UK University with a campus in Brussels.

BSIS is known as a friendly, diverse, and cohesive community of approximately 250 students from about 55 different countries. Students benefit from close access to professors, a research-active environment, and exposure to practitioners from Brussels-based organisations.

Home to the main institutions of the European Union and numerous European and international organisations, such as think tanks, lobby groups, NGOs and multinational companies, Brussels is at the heart of Europe. You can earn a degree from a top 20 British university while enjoying unparalleled opportunities for networking, academic development and professional advancement facilitated by the School's excellent location in the 'capital of Europe'.

Each year we offer a number of scholarships to students on the postgraduate taught (MA/LLM) programmes. You can find more information about our scholarships, and deadlines here. The information below serves as guidance for those thinking about how to prepare their application.

There are a number of scholarships available every year, each with different criteria and deadlines attached to them. We have gathered information related to these scholarships in one place to make your search as easy as possible. Please see the University of Kent’s main postgraduate funding pages:

  • Year institution founded: 1998
  • Total enrolled: 250

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MA International Migration Student

"I’m enrolled in the MA in International Migration and enjoying studying again in a different environment. I’d previously been working in Paris with Roma migrants, specifically working on a project of access to education for Roma children living in the makeshift camps around Paris. This project was a serious challenge having recently graduated (LLB in Law and European legal studies from Aberdeen in 2014), but it was a fantastic learning experience of hands-on work. Having developed new skills in project management and human rights issues around migration I thought about pursuing my studies further to gain a global understanding on migration issues. 

I was a little anxious at the idea of hitting the books again, especially from a political science perspective. However, bringing this experience into this Masters has been great and so many of the students have different backgrounds, professionally and academically, which makes interesting discussions!

Life in Brussels and at BSIS has been great so far. The diversity in this city is amazing, whether at school or outside of it. Being at the heart of the European Union, there’s always something going on. I could definitely get used to this!"

Lucie Thomas, United Kingdom

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