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Contemporary European Studies ('Euromasters' and 'Euromasters with Trans-Atlantic track') (MA)


The Euromasters programme offers an outstanding and unrivalled international learning experience, with a unique opportunity to study at the following prestigious world-class institutions:

- University of Bath

- Freie Universität Berlin

- Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

- Sciences Po Paris

- Univerzita Karlova, Prague

- Università degli Studi di Siena

- University of Washington (Seattle)

With an enthusiastic teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields, and a diverse programme of study, the two year Masters course is recognised throughout the EU and beyond.

You will gain a broad comparative understanding of the European Union, US politics, policy and social evolution as well as specialist knowledge of key issues in the Euro-Atlantic area.

We welcome applications from high-achieving students, who wish to gain the knowledge and skills that will qualify them for a wide range of careers in European and international institutions.

Potential applicants should visit the dedicated Euromasters website (, which contains extensive information about the programme and the Consortium, as well as guidance and advice on applying.

Programme structure

After the initial Core Module in Bath, you will undertake two taught semesters, followed by the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation, to be submitted by September in the second year.

You must study at a minimum of two sites, including Bath, but may also choose to study at a third site (see programme table for more information).

Core units:

International relations theories

Comparative European Politics

Scopes & methods of politics & international relations

Masters dissertation

Optional units:

European union politics and policy making

International security; theories and concepts

Memory culture – memory politics

Foreign policy analysis

Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia

Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges

International security; the contemporary agenda

Britain and Europe

International organisations in world politics

International relations in South and Central Asia

Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime

Theories of conflict and conflict resolution

View programme catalogue ( for further information.

Learning and teaching

The Euromasters programme is a truly international experience with regard to teaching, learning and living.

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the units, you will receive credit providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching at Bath takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve more formal interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students. These methods may vary across the consortium according to cultural practices.

The consortium website ( contains links to information about the taught content at other sites.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation, discussion and communication skills which, may be part of the assessed work.


The Euromasters programmes are highly regarded by employers for the depth and breadth of knowledge and analysis that they purvey. In particular, the hands-on international experience graduates gain is valued highly.

You can also take advantage of the extensive Careers Service ( at the University of Bath, as well the opportunity to study another language at the Foreign Languages Centre ( during your Core Module.

Graduates from these programmes have been employed all over the world in a wide variety of international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies or policy-formulating institutes. Careers and examples include:

International Organisations:

Forum Europe Cultures, Brussels

The European Commissions, Brussels

International Media:

British Broadcasting Corporation, London

International Herald Tribune, Paris

Finance & Banking:

American Investment Council, Berlin

Citibank, London

Infrastructure & Telecoms:

France Telecom, Paris

International Union of Railways, Paris

Business & Corporations:

Daimler-Chrysler, Berlin,

Microsoft, Dublin

About the department

The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) ( is one of the largest departments in the University.

Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

Our research

Experts from our department are publishing regularly in the most highly ranked international journals.

Our academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters:

- Conflict, Security & International Order

- Governance, Citizenship & Policy

- Memory, History & Identity

International collaboration:

Many staff are internationally leading scholars in their field. We are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

Projects are funded by a variety of bodies such as:

- Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC)

- European Commission Framework Programme

- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Stimulating cutting edge research:

Our diversity and the disciplinary mix of political science, political theory, policy analysis, social anthropology, political sociology and others make for a very stimulating environment for students to develop their own research projects.

The integration of our research community is further enhanced through the International Relations & European Politics (IREP) postgraduate group.

Find out how to apply here -

Visit the Contemporary European Studies ('Euromasters' and 'Euromasters with Trans-Atlantic track') (MA) page on the University of Bath website for more details!




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