Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law. October, 2016 - June, 2017. 6th Year
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Introduction to the Program
The Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies (CPCS) offer jointly, in academic partnership, a Constitutional Law Master’s Degree.
The CPCS is a reference institution in Public Law and the Social Sciences. Since the 1979-1980 academic year it has awarded the Diploma on Political and Constitutional Studies, which nowadays enjoys considerable prestige among academic, political, and lawmaking institutions both at home and abroad. Many of our Alumni currently hold high posts in Constitutional Courts, Parliamentary Assemblies, Universities and public administrations in their home countries.
Our new Master’s Program is one step further on our long academic journey. It is oriented to those who want to start a career in Public Law and comparative political systems, as well as to those who want to advance their trajectory in the public sector. In the latter case, the Master’s structure can be conceived either as a first step on Public Sector entrance examinations or as a postgraduate degree oriented to increasing the knowledge and skills of professionals working for public administrations, as well as all consulting sectors linked to them.
The Master’s program is adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) requirements, and its grading system is measured in ECTS Credits, the standard adopted by all EHEA Universities to guarantee grading homogeneity and continued academic quality of its member institutions. The Program takes an academic year to complete (October to June), is divided in two four-month periods, with a total credit count of 60 ECTS and 500 lecture hours.
- . 42 credits correspond to the core curriculum
- . 1 credit corresponds to a research methods seminar, to be chosen among two options.
- . 10 credits correspond to elective courses, to be chosen among 17 seminars which take place throughout the academic year.
- . 6 credits are assigned to a Masters’ Thesis, which must be reviewed by a thesis advisor.
- . 1 credit corresponds to course-related institutional visits carried out by the CPCS
The program is structured in 7 theme-specific modules:
- I. Fundamentals of Constitutional Democracy (8 ECTS)
- II. The Citizen and the formation of the Political Will (8 ECTS)
- III. The shape of power (12 ECTS)
- IV. The Citizen-Power dynamic (8 ECTS)
- V. Power and territory (8 ECTS)
- VI. Constitution and integration (8 ECTS)
- VII. Introduction to research (8 ECTS)
Program Executive Board
Program Director: Benigno Pendás García, Director of the CPCS
Program Coordinator: Isabel Wences Simón, CPCS Studies and Research Deputy Director
Academic Secretary: Mercedes De la Calle Cubero, CPCS Studies and Research Department Chair