European Studies (MA)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
- To offer knowledge and expertise in European culture and politics in general, and expertise in a chosen specialism plus generic skills.
- 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 in Europe in a National and Global Context, in European Identities: Culture and Ideology, and in Translation Studies.
- Access to an eclectic range of optional modules including Europe and Globilisation, Nationalism in Europe, European Economic Governance, European External Relations, Memories of the Second World War in European Autobiographical Writing, Body Politics in European Cultures, and Europe in Translation.
- Dissertation allows students to focus on European-wide issues or to specialise on the politics, cultures and societies of specific European countries.
- 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 which are attractive to international organisations, the diplomatic service, businesses and teaching institutions.
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.
- European Identities
- Critical Engagement In The Humanities And Social Sciences
- Research Methods: Approaches To Knowledge
- Research Methods: Approaches to Text
- European Union External Relations
- European Economic Governance and Policies
- European Political Economy
- Europe and Globalisation
- Nationalism in Europe
- Body Politics in European Cultures
- History of European Translation
- Memories of the Second World War in European Autobiographical Writings
- Specialised Translation: Literary Translation
- Theories of Translation
- Translation and Adaptation in the Arts
- Translation and European Cultures
- Communication skills, through participation in seminars
- Skills of independent research and promotion of independent thinking, including the tracing of sources and the exploration of links between theory and creative textual practice
- Ability to present and defend arguments, both orally and in written form
- Using advanced communication and IT technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information
- Ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative, and organisation and time-management skills
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 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.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September each year
Name: Alex Ford (PG)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0824
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4946