European Consumer Affairs (EMCA)

Degree: Master
University: Brunel University , Faculty: Brunel Law School
City: London , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Applied Sciences, Proffesions&Arts
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  • Start Date of Studies October
  • Admission deadline as early as possible
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Please note that this course has been withdrawn until September 2011!

    This new European Master in Consumer Affairs (EMCA) will aim to examine consumer affairs from a cross-disciplinary, international perspective enabling students to respond to the needs of employers in the field.

    The new European Consumer Affairs MA (EMCA) will aim to examine consumer affairs from a cross-disciplinary, international perspective enabling students to respond to the needs of employers in the field.

    With 490 million consumers in Europe, and their expenditure representing over half of the EU´s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), consumers have been described as the lifeblood of the economy. Confident consumers are therefore an essential building block in ensuring continued economic prosperity. Businesses need to cater for satisfied consumers, and this takes skills and knowledge. However, a report for the European Commission (EC) on the need for postgraduate education in consumer affairs in the European Union identified a gap between current provision and labour market demand.

    The EMCA has therefore received the financial backing of the EC´s Director General of Health and Consumer Affairs to develop such a programme. This course is offered by Brunel together with a consortium of highly respected universities across Europe:

    * The Institute of Lifelong Learning, Barcelona University, Spain;
    * Bologna University in Rimini (Italy);
    * Montpellier University (France);
    * University of West Timisoara (Romania).

    Successful students will obtain a single degree from Brunel University and may be eligible for a double degree from their home university and the university they visit for one term of study (subject to full validation at the partner university visited).

    CareersAs shown by an extensive research by the European Commission, there is a lack of higher education graduates specially trained in European consumer affairs. There is, therefore, strong employment prospects for graduates who have this specialist knowledge.

    Graduates from the course will have the skills and knowledge to apply for specialist roles in ministries across Europe, in national and European consumer associations and in enterprise and employers´ federations.

    Special Features

    * Our programme is funded by the European Commission enabling students to benefit from reduced tuition fees in the first year of operation and enabling Brunel to cover any development costs.
    * We put a strong emphasis on employability with work placements, and the opportunity to study abroad.
    * We offer an intensive training programme enabling graduates to reach the employment market fast and professionals to minimise their time away from the office.
    * We offer study in a consortium of highly recognised universities in Europe


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