European Studies: Modern European Studies MA
This interdisciplinary MA promotes the understanding of Europe in its political, social and philosophical dimensions. Choosing specialisms within European thought, society, history and politics you will develop discipline-specific skills and regional expertise, while the interdisciplinary programme structure encourages thinking across boundaries, gaining an expansive overview of the continent.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) at UCL is unique in offering graduate students the opportunity to investigate Europe in its entirety, from European integration and public policy to European cinema and poetry.
The central London location offers easy access to the British Library, British Museum, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, German Historical Institute, Goethe Institut, Institut Français, and other similar research and cultural centres.
Less than three hours away from Brussels and Paris, and with such a wide range of resources, this is a highly favourable location for the study of Europe.
Student / staff ratios › 54 staff › 293 taught students › 97 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Taught or Research Pathway?
This MA programme offer two pathways: Taught or Research. The two different pathways allow you to tailor your MA
programme to your academic and professional needs.
All MA programmes should add up to 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.
You will take the two compulsory modules (30 credits each), the dissertation taught pathway (60 credits) and 60 credits-worth of other modules.
You will take the two compulsory modules (30 credits each), the dissertation research pathway (90 credits) and 30 credits-worth of other modules.
- EUROG014 - Dissertation Research Pathways (90 credits)
AND 30 credits from the following:
If you wish to take a module offered by a department other than
CMII or SELCS, please contact the relevant departmental administrator in
the first instance.
Please note that
some modules fill up very quickly, whilst others are sometimes withdrawn
according to student demand, so places cannot be guaranteed.
- EUROG003 - Theoretical Issues in History and Literature (30 credits)
- EUROG023/EUROG023A Politics and Ethics
- ELCSGG01 – Language, Culture & History (30 credits)
- SEESGE18 – All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe from Stalin to Present (30 credits)
- SEESGS53 - Baltic Politics and Society (15 credits)
- SEESGS56 – Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
- SEESGS61 – Politics of South-Eastern Europe (15 credits)
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a wide range of interests within a flexible combination of core and optional modules. The interdisciplinary structure of the degree will appeal to students who wish to be introduced to new and intellectually demanding areas of European Studies.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Modern European Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Modern European Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
For information on specific opportunities for programmes and research within the Centre
for Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CMII), visit Funding, Studentships & Prizes on the CMII website.
MPhil and PhD degrees often follow on from a Master's programme; both the Taught and Research pathways of the MAs offered by the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) are intended to allow this type of progression, as well as standing as degrees in their own right. Outside academia, potential careers may include politics, business, commerce, teaching, public relations, or journalism.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Intern in the UNHCR Liaison Office to the OSCE, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- Officer at Ministry of Education / Executive Director, Ministry of Education - Institute for Stability and Development
- Financial Consultant, Thompsons
- Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Graduates of this MA have used their extensive knowledge and understanding of European institutions, policies and society to obtain positions within the European Union. The high level of interdisciplinary training and research skills offered by the programme have equipped others for positions as researchers in UK and European universities, museums and non-governmental agencies. The emphasis on written and verbal communication, collation and presentation of research and analysis have provided transferable skills for the fields of accountancy, law and PR.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.