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European Studies

Course Aims

This course aims to offer knowledge and expertise in European culture and politics in general, and expertise in a chosen specialism plus generic skills. This course aims to promote the development of analytical, aesthetic and expository skills that will enable students to deal with complex theoretical issues as well as with creative texts of different genres and disciplines.

European Studies MA

Special Features

Course Description

Looking for a career in the European Commission, in the fast stream of the diplomatic service or in University lecturing? Or just want to find out more about the culture, politics and society of Europe? The MA in European Studies is designed to give students a broad understanding of European issues in politics, literature and society, while at the same time providing the opportunity to specialise in chosen pathways.

This Master’s explores how Europe is coping with globalisation and how it is handling issues such as nationalism, regionalism and economic integration. It also looks at a fascinating sample of the literature, cinema and philosophy produced in the different European cultures, and asks: what can this work tell us about Europe today? It gives you the chance to conduct research on particular countries of interest (France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy) and even to develop your translation skills.

The dissertation component, which comprises a third of the overall assessment, allows students to make an in-depth study of a topic of their own choice, under the supervision of an expert in the field.

Course Structure

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

For further information on the course and programme of study, please view the Course Handbook.

Skills Acquired

On completion of this course, students acquire the following skills:

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MA in European Studies can find employment as teachers and University lectures, translators, officers in national or international organisations, researchers for different types of institutions or in those areas of the private sector where the skills and knowledge students acquire is an asset.

Student Views

' I would not hesitate in recommending the course to anyone looking for a challenging and stimulating MA that will enhance their career prospects.'

Hannah Murphy, MA European Studies

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'My time in the School has been invaluable to my career, nurturing the research and practical skills needed in the world of politics. The research facilities and support offered by the staff at the School of Modern Languages made my experience of the MA in European Studies incredibly rewarding. I would not hesitate in recommending the course to anyone looking for a challenging and stimulating MA that will enhance their career prospects.'

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Language, Literature, Politics or Philosophy, as well as disciplines broadly conceived to have a European focus with a minimum 2:1 degree classification (or equivalent qualification).

Non-native speakers of English are expected to have a recognised English-language qualification (e.g. IELTS with a total score of 6.5 or the equivalent), as the minimum requirement to be invited to interview. Written and oral competence in English will also be tested at interview.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.


The School does from time to time offer bursaries. These are usually advertised on the School’s website under Postgraduate studies.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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