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We asked Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

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Applications open for the College of Europe 2018-2019

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Applications open for the College of Europe 2018-2019

Friday, December 15, 2017 

Applications open for the College of Europe 2018-2019

Each year, the College of Europe accepts students who wish to study at postgraduate level at its Bruges (Belgium) or Natolin (Warsaw, Poland) campuses. Places at the College are open to Irish students studying politics, law, economics, European studies and offer an excellent opportunity for graduates to develop their knowledge and skills and to experience education in a truly international environment.

Students can choose from the following Master's programmes:

• European Interdisciplinary Studies

• EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies

• European Economic Studies

• European Political and Governance Studies 

• European Legal Studies 

Detailed information about each of these programmes, including the academic and language requirements for each, is available on the College’s website.

Deadline is the 17 January 2018 to apply for scholarships and places. Irish graduates who apply to study at the College of Europe in the 2018-2019 academic year may also wish to apply for scholarship funding from the Department of Education and Skills to cover their academic fees and living expenses.

The closing date for both scholarship and non-scholarship applications is 17 January 2018. Applications are then reviewed by an independent Irish National Selection Committee, with interviews taking place in spring 2018.

More information on the College of Europe is available on EM Ireland's website.

To learn more about Studying in Europe we have more information on our website here.