European Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which considers Europe in terms of its politics, history, literature, film, culture and thought. As part of the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, it draws on the expertise of members of staff in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social and Historical Sciences, and the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES).
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
A UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In some cases high marks within a first-class Bachelor's degree may be acceptable. In the first instance, candidates should establish a dialogue with a potential supervisor before making a formal application. Admission is normally dependent on the submission of a detailed research project proposal.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students can specialise in any area of European Studies for which there is a suitable supervisor. We have a high level of expertise in the fields of modern European history, thought, literature, and film.
- Comparative historical, social and cultural studies
- Political and social theory
- European and global politics
- Politics and ethics
- European colonialism
- 20th century European history
- European cultures of memory
- European film
About this degree
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For information about available funding and scholarships please visit our Funding and Scholarships website.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Many of our graduates go on to pursue academic careers and recently our students have taken up positions at UCL, Oxford and King’s College London amongst others. Others are working for non-governmental organisations or in the arts.
Why study this degree at UCL?
As a multi-faculty institution in the heart of cosmopolitan London, covering an exceptionally wide range of disciplines, UCL offers an ideal environment for research in the broad subject areas covered by European Studies. Research students have a primary and second supervisor from different disciplines, so studying at UCL provides an opportunity to take full advantage of these interdisciplinary strengths.
Students are supported by a dynamic research culture, a stimulating environment and excellent opportunities for research training. UCL runs numerous seminar series and guest lectures, and researchers have access to world-class libraries, including those at UCL itself, the British Library, and the School of Advanced Study.
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.