Our European Studies MA course will give you a detailed understanding of contemporary European politics, history and society. It draws on the expertise of five highly ranked departments and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. You may also take either a French or German pathway, which offer you the opportunity to complete a master’s degree within a year while studying modules abroad.
Through this course, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations, both within and beyond the European Union. You will study a range of approaches to the topic on one of the two required modules and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to contemporary Europe, such as EU foreign policy, immigration, economic governance, law, political economy, lobbying and policy making, nationalism and the EU, Russia, the EU and Asia.
If you choose the General Pathway, you will spend your whole time with us. If you choose either the French or German Pathway, you will spend your second semester at either the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris or the
Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Both institutions provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies.
The course is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.
The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.
You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.
You will have six hours per week of teaching per 10-week term, as well as 34 hours of self-study per week.
If you are studying the part-time course, you will typically have two to four hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback.
Six hours of dissertation supervision. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay, other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.
Doctoral research at King’s or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business and the media.
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The MA by Research in European Cultures is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue comparative projects in literary and / or film studies. As a department we are strong in Memory Studies, Women’s Writing and Feminism, the theory and practice of translation, politics and culture in the twentieth century and we welcome enquiries in these and other areas. We expect to advise applicants for the European Cultures research programme on their choice of topic in advance of application, however, and to work further on this choice in the course of the first term.
The MA by Research in European Cultures is ideal for those who want:
- an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
-the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option to upgrade to MPhil or PhD.
As a student of the MA by Research in European Cultures, you attend a series of training courses and have regular supervisions while you are reading around your topic and / or collecting your data and materials in European Cultures. You will write a 5000-word introductory essay in the first term and have designed an outline and sketched a synopsis by this stage. As par the of the European Cultures research programme you will agree a series of milestones and deadlines with your experienced supervisory team who will accompany you each step of the way on your research journey.
Research proposals in European Cultures are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area in European Cultures before applying.
For informal enquiries regarding the European Cultures research programme please contact Professor Julian Preece ([email protected]).
An MA by Research in European Cultures gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).
We have expertise in French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish and offer joint supervision where appropriate with American Studies, English Literature, History, Welsh or Media Studies. Knowledge of one of the above European languages is not essential, but it is never too late to begin to acquire language skills and this is highly encouraged. All students of the European Cultures research programme have two supervisors whose expertise lies in different areas, which fosters a spirit of interdisciplinary research. Projects with a focus in the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish) may qualify for a full-fee Maney Bursary.
All research students including those of the European Cultures research programme are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
MA by Research in European Cultures degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).
The MSc European Studies (Research) will allow you to combine the study of substantive themes in European integration with a strong methodological training. It will provide you with a methodologically and historically grounded, multidisciplinary analysis of Europe as a political, economic and cultural space. It also analyses European integration and the post-communist transformation process.
You will take courses from a range of options from European Institute MSc degrees, together with intensive research design and methods training. You will use methodology to drive your research and will be supported in developing research questions of real-world relevance. You will be trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods and will learn to apply them robustly throughout your research process, in order to best answer your question. You will also attend a programme of guest lectures from distinguished outside speakers, including business leaders and policy-makers.
This programme will provide an ideal preparation for doctoral study, as well as for successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business and in international financial institutions.
Former graduates pursue successful careers in academia, politics, journalism, diplomacy and business, and in international financial institutions. Students from this programme are actively headhunted by companies and international organisations working in the region.
Students who have successfully completed the MSc European Studies (Research) will be well placed to apply for admission into competitive doctoral programmes in the UK and elsewhere. For those looking to pursue doctoral research at the European Institute, the MSc European Studies (Research) offers an excellent opportunity to get to know potential PhD supervisors prior to application for the MPhil/PhD in European Studies. Admission into the doctoral programme at the European Institute is conditional on obtaining a good merit in your master's degree, normally defined as an average of 65 per cent or above, and normally a distinction (70 per cent or above) in the dissertation; and is conditional on the availability of a suitable supervisor.
Sciences Po and LSE have come together to offer high-achieving students a joint curriculum in European studies. Bilingual (French and English), and spanning a wide range of disciplines, this very select programme is delivered by renowned EU specialists, many with practical experience of policymaking.
The programme focuses on the history, politics, policies and institutions of the European Union; on the ideas which underpin the European project; and on the political, economic and social challenges facing Europe. Courses are multidisciplinary and you will choose options from international relations, history, economics, law, philosophy and political science, all with a strongly European focus.
Your first year is spent at Sciences Po, in the Master Affaires Européennes; the second year takes place within the European Institute at LSE, studying either MSc Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc EU Politics.
Applications will be via Sciences Po, more information can be found at http://www.sciencespo.fr/public/en/content/sciences-po-london-school-economics
Graduates of the programme pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business, academia and consultancy, in the EU institutions, national administrations and the international institutions.