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Centre for European Studies MA Programmes

The Centre for European Studies offers two MA programmes.

European Culture and Thought MA

This programme has two distinct pathways:

European Studies MA

This programme has two distinct pathways: 


The Centre for European Studies unites UCL's many fields of specialisation in European subjects within carefully structured taught and research Master's programmes.

Each programme is based on a coherent pathway of core courses which treat selected themes in method, theory, history, politics, or literature with regard to Europe as a whole, ranging across the events, traditions, and texts of the entire continent.

At the same time, students take complementary optional courses, which may be national, regional, or European in scope.

Throughout, the emphasis is on the systematic contextualization and comparison of different disciplines, methodologies, and schools of thought, at the same time as allowing specialization - for those graduates who wish to specialize - in UCL's many areas of regional and subject-specific expertise.

There is a choice between 'taught' and 'research' routes. The former are composed of taught courses and a 12,000-word dissertation, allowing students to pursue as broad a range of study as possible. The latter includes less taught courses and a more heavily-weighted 18,000-word dissertation, which permits students to work more independently from an early stage.

All programmes, which include a full range of courses in English as well as offering selected optional courses in various European languages, may be taken full-time over 12 months, or part-time over two years. Knowledge of a foreign language is not required.

Students wishing to improve their language skills are able to take advantage of the courses and facilities of the UCL Language Centre.

A nine-month Graduate Diploma is available for all the 'taught' pathways, consisting of the taught elements without the dissertation.