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European Studies (MA)

Course Description

The MA in European Studies is designed to give students a broad understanding of European issues in politics, literature and society, while at the same time providing the opportunity to specialise in chosen pathways.

The dissertation component, which comprises a third of the overall assessment, allows students to make an in-depth study of a topic of their own choice, under the supervision of an expert in the field.

Special Features:
Opportunities to follow pathways in Europe in a National and Global Context, European Identities: Culture and Ideology, Translation
Access to an eclectic range of optional modules including Europe and Globilisation, Nationalism in Europe, European Economic Governance, European External Relations, Memories of the Second World War in European Autobiographical Writing and Europe in Translation.
Dissertation allows students to focus on European-wide issues or to specialise on the politics, cultures, societies of specific European countries.
Training specifically tailored to the needs of Humanities and Social science graduates with emphasis on the use of information resources, including electronic sources such as databases and the Internet; research design, in particular on the constitution of a formal dissertation proposal; preparation of literature reviews; and (where appropriate) interview techniques.
Access to excellent IT and library facilities including the European Documentation Centre.
Acquisition of generic and transferable skills that are attractive to international organisations, the diplomatic service, businesses and teaching institutions.

Visit the European Studies (MA) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Boyles (MA, Literature in European Cultures)

I wanted to continue studying in an area I had only looked at
briefly in my undergraduate French course. The possibility of
studying European literature appealed to me and, as I already knew the staff, I knew I would be able to make the most out of my studies if I stayed at Cardiff. Once I started my postgraduate degree, I found it very easy to obtain part-time work through the
Students’ Union Jobshop.

(Student Profile)

Tracey Morrison (MA European Studies)

"Studying at postgraduate level is different to undergraduate study, not only because you're doing so much more independent learning, but also socially. The facilities offered to postgraduates reflect this difference: the Graduate Centre is brilliant - it's been good having somewhere dedicated for postgraduates to meet up socially, or work in the reading room. Cardiff is also a fantastic city and I would love to stay here after my course has ended."

(Student Profile)

Gwenllian Lansdown (European Studies)

"I chose Cardiff because I know that it has a thriving political theory department and also because I wanted to study Welsh Nationalism. The postgraduate students in the School run regular Research in Progress seminars which give taught and research students the opportunity to develop their ideas in a forum setting."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information



Santander Scholarship for European Studies or Translation Studies - 2 Awards

For 2015-16 the Cardiff School of Modern Languages is able to offer 2 competitive scholarships for Home and EU students (and an equivalent contribution towards fees for International students) for full-time Postgraduate study (pro rata part-time).The competitive scholarships are available to students wishing to study on a Masters Programme at the Cardiff School of Modern Languages (formerly School of European Languages, Translation and Politics). In 2015/16 we will be offering the following taught Master’s Degrees which are eligible for Scholarship funding: MA European Studies
MA Translation Studies

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500 (full-time)/£1250 p.a. (part-time)


Applicants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain and Portugal are eligible for funding. Students who are citizens of the listed countries but are currently studying at a British University may also apply.

Application Procedure

Please note you will not be eligible for funding until you are in receipt of an offer to study at Cardiff University.To apply please complete the separate application form. The completed form must then be submitted before the 1st September 2015.The deadline for applications is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Language, Literature, Politics, Philosophy and in disciplines broadly conceived to have a European focus with a minimum 2:1 degree classification or (equivalent qualification).In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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