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Joanna Fryer

Email: j.fryer@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7125

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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European History MA

The European History MA, run jointly with the UCL Centre for European Studies, is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in European history in depth, at the same time as maintaining a broad view of the history of Europe and its region as a whole.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Geographically, the programme deals with West, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and regions such as Scandinavia and the Balkans. Students are introduced to different theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches of writing European history. The chronology of the various components covers the medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary periods.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, the History Department is just a few minutes walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three taught elements: core module (30 credits), compulsory language module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits), and dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • History
  • Modern European Language


  • Options may include the following:
  • History and Theory of European Integration
  • Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the 19th century
  • The Affluent Society in International Perspective
  • The Public Sphere in Britain, 1476–1800
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe AD 500–1300
  • Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
  • Gender and Knowledge in History
  • The Making of Modern Europe
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing


All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in European History which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and a language course taught either through the UCL language centre or through the language departments. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including unseen written examination, oral assessment, written course work and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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 suitable for students who wish to deepen their understanding of European history to prepare them to undertake future academic research in the field. Knowledge of foreign languages is not a pre-requisite, but all students are required to take a course in a language of their choice.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study European History at graduate level
  • why you want to study European History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • 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.


The programme is designed to enable students to obtain training specifically aimed at further research in the field of European History, by introducing them to the remarkable range of historical sources available in London, and equipping them with the skills needed to locate and interpret sources relevant to their particular areas of interest.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Scientific Council for Government Policy: Research Fellow
  • Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule: Further study - Journalism
  • UCL: PhD European History
  • Royal College of Art: Further study - European Art History
  • UCL: PhD History

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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