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Your programme of study

If you are interested in how current societies are shaped by modern issues this programme looks at European developments and how new frontiers came about. The programme comes from a very informed body of research undertaken for the European Commission and at the 'New Europe Centre' in Aberdeen. People who have studied this programme go on to work within the civil service, as foreign correspondents or diplomats, within international offices, in NGOs, political parties and advisors and as researchers.

You consider how European societies have been shaped and changed looking at migration, social policy, ethical relations, citizenship, work and family looking at population, divisions and social relationships. You study population decline and increases, xenophobia, divisions in society, social relationships within Europe from a range of contemporary resources.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Advanced Social Theory

Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods

Semester 2

The Comparative Study of European Societies

Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World

Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods

The Comparative Study of European Societies

Global Conflict and Peace Processes

Dimensions of Globalisation

Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building

Semester 3

Dissertation in European Societies

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You gain a solid understanding and knowledge of the issues that change society within Europe in a relatively contemporary context
  • The programme is taught by experts researching at European Commission, lead by Claire Wallace, Professor of Sociology and Director of New Europe Centre Aberdeen, author of many books and journals

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 or 24 months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page



Living in Aberdeen

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  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Living costs


Visit the Comparative European Societies page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!






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