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

Course Description


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
- Charles University, 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 (http://www.euromasters.eu/), 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 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/pl/pl-proglist-pg.html#B) 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.

View the programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/pl/pl-proglist-pg.html#B) for further information about units that have been offered at the University of Bath in previous years. The consortium website (http://www.euromasters.eu/) 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 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/) at the University of Bath, as well the opportunity to study another language at the Foreign Languages Centre (http://www.bath.ac.uk/flc/) 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) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/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 - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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

Student Profiles

University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

There are 75 scholarships worth £3,000 each in the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UoBISS). See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are for international fee-paying full-time taught master's applicants from any country and for any subject area.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



Graduate School Scholarships - 20+ Awards

There are 20 Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences scholarships each worth £2,000. See the website.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- for international fee-paying full-time taught master's applicants from any country for MA/MSc programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information



Euromasters Scholarship - 2 Awards

A limited number of competitive fee reduction scholarships are available in recognition of high academic achievement (the equivalent of a first class Honours degree or, exceptionally, a high 2:1 degree). We offer two scholarships for the MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) for 2015/16 entry:
- One 'full fee' scholarship for the first academic year only
(£4,750 Home/EU, £7,500 Overseas)- One 'half fee' scholarship for the first academic year only
(£2,500 Home/EU, £3,750 Overseas)

Value of Scholarship(s)



Doing MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters). See the website

Application Procedure

To apply, you must submit no more than 500 words detailing why you should be considered, based on academic achievements and contributions to the programme.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject (European studies, politics, history, economics or sociology), from a recognised university. Students are expected to be fluent in English. Applicants for sites other than Bath and those which work in English must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to work academically at the appropriate language level. English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).

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