European Studies (MA)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
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.
- Opportunities to follow pathways one of the following three pathways:
- Europe in a National and Global Context.
- European Identities: Culture and Ideology.
- Translation Studies.
- Access to an eclectic range of optional modules including Europe and Globilisation, Nationalism in Europe, European Economic Governance, Memories of the Second World War in European Autobiographical Writing and History of European Translation.
- Dissertation allows students to focus on European-wide issues or to specialise on the politics, cultures, societies of specific European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal).
- Training specifically tailored to the needs of Humanities and Social science graduates with emphasis on the use of information resources, including electronic sources such as databases and the Internet; research design, in particular on the constitution of a formal dissertation proposal; preparation of literature reviews; and (where appropriate) interview techniques.
- Access to excellent IT and library facilities including the European Documentation Centre.
- Acquisition of generic and transferable skills that are attractive to international organisations, the diplomatic service, businesses and teaching institutions.
- Opportunity to learn a new European or non-European language for free via Cardiff’s Languages for All programme.
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.
- European Identities
- Critical Engagement In The Humanities And Social Sciences
- Research Methods: Approaches To Knowledge or Approaches to Texts
- Europe and Globalisation
- Nationalism in Europe
- European Union External Relations
- European Economic Governance And Policies
- European Political Economy
- State Crisis: Changing Governance In Italy
- Memories of World War II
- The Body Politics in European Cultures
- History of European Translation Translation and European Cultures
- Specialised Translation
- Theories of Translation
- Translation and Adaptation in the Arts
For further information on the course and programme of study, please view the Course Handbook.
On completion of this course, students acquire the following skills:
- Communication skills via presentations and seminar discussions,
- Organisationational skills through their submission of high quality work to deadline,
- Teamwork skills through close cooperation on key tasks,
- Analytical skills through their preparation of essays and a 15000 word dissertation,
- Employability skills via their knowledge of the workings of Europe.
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.
' 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
Read Hannah's full testimonial
'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.'
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.
UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
Next intake: September each year
Name: Shalini Gnanasunramanian
Telephone: +44 (0)29 20879654
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4946
Name: Prof Gordon Cumming
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5590
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4946