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European Studies MA

Course Description

This programme provides students with a detailed of contemporary European politics, history and society. It draws on the expertise of five highly ranked departments and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. For students taking either the French or the German pathway, the MA European Studies offers the possibility to complete a Masters degree within a single year, while taking modules in two different countries.

Key benefits

- As an interdisciplinary programme, this MA enables students to study contemporary Europe from a variety of perspectives.

- European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

- Vibrant research community, designated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Law and Governance.

- For students choosing the French or German pathways, this MA offers the possibility to spend the second semester in two of the most prestigious institutions in continental Europe, respectively the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/european-studies-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme offers 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. Students will study a range of approaches on one of the two core modules (European Identities and the EU; or European Union: History, Institutions, Politics) 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). MA European Studies provides students with the opportunity to develop a more specialist profile in either of four distinct areas (see Structure).

Students opting for the General Pathway study throughout the year at King's. Students opting for either the French or German Pathway will spend their 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 students to further deepen their knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies.

- Course purpose -

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.

- Course format and assessment -

120 credits from taught modules assessed by essay; 60 credits from individual dissertation supervised by staff member.

Student Destinations:

Doctoral research at King's or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business, and the media.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the European Studies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


1991.jpg Why King’s? My friend who was studying Law in London few years ago recommended King’s to me, especially in terms of the area of study which I was interested in. King’s is not only a university on which you can find information by visiting www.studylondon.ac.uk, it is also a part of the common conversation between students who are sharing their own experience. I have chosen to study MA European Studies having in mind that the main subject which has been analyzed is Europe, within European Union’s boundaries and across them, its identity, history, main challenges that it faces, Europe as an important international actor and in the same time space with integration and disintegration processes within it.

I am happy to have the opportunity to exchange views and opinions on the main topics of the contemporary Europe with students coming from all parts of it. Going beyond my course and university I am currently enrolled in, this scholarship brought me to London, to the city where I wake up and go to the O2 arena to watch ATP World Tour Finals, enjoy in some of the exhibitions in the one of the major arts and cultural centres – Somerset House - or attending a lecture at LSE on the main challenges my region is facing on its way to become part of the EU. Finally, who has the time to notice the weather?


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a subject relevant to the intended area of study. Such subjects could include (but not limited to): European studies, politics, international relations, history, social sciences, law and modern languages. Students wishing to follow a country-based path must be fluent in either French or German and must provide evidence that they have degree-level (or equivalent) French or German. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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