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European Studies (MA)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

Special Features

European Studies MA

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 politics, culture 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 shows 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

Option Modules

Skills Acquired

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 Testimonials

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

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.'

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 7 and no subsection below 6.5), 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.

Further Information

School of Modern Languages website

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Alex Ford (PG)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0824 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4946 

Email: languages-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/modern-languages/

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