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Research Assessment Rating
Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
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.
What will I learn?
The Modern European Studies pathway focuses on the emergence of modern Europe, the political implications of integration, and its transition from competing nation states and forms of governance to an expanding political and economic union. Students take complementary optional courses, which may be national, regional, or European in scope.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for European Studies (CES) 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 Institute, Institut Français, and other similar research and cultural centres.
Less than three hours away from Brussels and Paris, nowhere enjoys such a range of resources and such a favourable location for the study of Europe.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Two pathways are offered: Taught and Research. Taught: Two core modules (60 credits), optional inter-faculty modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: Optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words, or 18,000 words for the research pathway.
Teaching and Learning
Key aspects of European theory and culture are taught through participation in lectures and seminars. Through feedback sessions on presentations and essays, students are encouraged to reflect on, and improve, their own work. Assessment is through a combination of coursework essays, unseen written examinations, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
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
Due to competition for places applicants are advised to apply as early as they are able. Those applying for UCL scholarships should take note of relevant 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 courses. The interdisciplinary structure of the degree will appeal to students who wish to be introduced to new and intellectually demanding areas of European Studies.
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
The 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 European Studies 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.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: