• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

By taking European Studies you will look at the forces which have moulded Europe and which will influence its, and your, future.

You live and you will work in a new political, social and economic environment shaped by the Europe of the twenty-first century. Yours is a society in which national boundaries within Europe are becoming increasingly fluid, and in years to come there will be much lively debate about future directions.

Why study this course at Dundee?

European Studies at Dundee is part of the European Institute for Security and Justice, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that is co-funded by the European Union.

Our degree programme has many distinctive features with regards to module combinations and specialisations and we have been commended for our strong interdisciplinary approach. During your studies you will have opportunities to combine perspectives from economists, geographers, historians, linguists, philosophers, cultural study specialists, as well as political analysts.

We will give you the historical background, but you will also look at issues that matter in Europe now, such as integration, migration, cultural identity, economic policy and governance.

The focus of our core courses is Europe-wide, including Russia, and the wide range of optional modules allows you to specialise. You can choose from a wide range of additional modules from other Humanities subejcts and related fields.

What is so good about this course?

You can combine your joint Honours European Studies degree with the study of French, German or Spanish should you wish to do so. (A range of other languages are also available as additional modules.)

Or you can take our degree MA European Studies and European Languages & Culture, which allows you to study 2 languages from French, German or Spanish (one of which could be taken as a beginner from Level 1).

Erasmus Exchanges

As a European Studies student, you will be particularly encouraged to go on an Erasmus exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe.

Field trips

You will have the opportunity to take part in field trips to European organisations in particular to Brussels and/or Strasbourg.

Studying European Studies and International Relations at the University of Dundee was one of my wisest choices in life. The quality of the course, its contemporary applicability and the flexibility to develop your personal interest is what made me feel prepared about my future.

Anna Dimitrova
MA European Studies and International Relations (2012)

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

How you will be taught

The teaching and assessment methods vary between Levels. Initially the teaching is mainly lectures, where we will introduce a topic to you; you will be asked to find out more about the topic, and you will discuss the lectures and your own findings in tutorials.

As you deepen your understanding, the focus moves to seminars in which you will play a leading part by introducing your own research. At all stages we encourage teamwork in small groups.

How you will be assessed

At all Levels exam and continuous assessment marks are combined to arrive at your final grade. For continuous assessment at Levels 1 and 2, you usually write essays on topics chosen by your tutor, but by the time you are in Levels 3 and 4 you will often tackle projects and presentations on subjects of your own choice.

What you will study - European Studies with a Foreign Language

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

Students take six modules, typically including:

*Please note: There are two languages streams in French, German and Spanish: one for those with a Higher or an A-Level; the other for complete or near beginners.

Level 2

Students take six modules, typically including:

Level 3

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

Alternatively, the whole or part of Level 3 can be spent studying at a partner university in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain or Turkey.

Level 4

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

What you will study - European Studies without a Foreign Language

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

Students take six modules, typically including:

Level 2

Students take six modules, typically including:

Level 3

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

Alternatively, the whole or part of Level 3 can be spent studying at a partner university in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain or Turkey.

Level 4

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

What you will study - European Studies and European Languages & Culture

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

Students take six modules, typically including:

*Please note: There are two languages streams in French, German and Spanish: one for those with a Higher or an A-Level; the other for complete or near beginners. Only one language can be taken from beginners level.

Level 2

Students take six modules, typically including:

Level 3

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

Alternatively, the whole or part of Level 3 can be spent studying at a partner university in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain or Turkey.

Level 4

Students take four modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus

As a European Studies graduate, you will have gained a range of transferable skills during your studies including skills in research, written and oral presentation, and intercultural communication and mediation.

Our graduates work in a range of areas including education, archives, politics, government services, journalism, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and European Union bodies, with some starting their own business.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

The Dundee MA degrees follow the distinctive pattern of many Scottish universities by offering a broad-based education that requires you to study a number of different subjects in Levels 1 and 2 (Level 2 only for Advanced Entry Honours degrees). You do not have to finalise your choice of degree course until you are better able to appreciate both the nature of the subjects you are studying and the relationships between them. However, you must make an initial choice of course on the application form and we would expect you to provide some evidence of your enthusiasm for your chosen course and details of any relevant experience.

We use a range of learning methods at Dundee: you will be expected to respond to the information and advice provided by academic staff, especially in lectures; to prepare for and participate in tutorial discussion or to work in practical classes; to work individually or in groups on set assignments such as essays and projects; and to 'read round' the subject. Consequently, we are looking for evidence that you are capable of working systematically, of responding to the guidance of your teachers, and that you have both the ability and enthusiasm to successfully complete a degree programme.

This is an interdisciplinary programme to which the study of economics, geography, history, law, languages, philosophy and politics all contribute. So it would be helpful if you can indicate any particular experience, or interest, you may have in any of these subjects. Some interest in a historical approach to European matters will be appropriate, but so will an interest in current affairs, as the course is much concerned with the issues which confront Europe at present. Any sort of evidence that you have a serious interest in, and intelligent awareness of, contemporary Europe would be of help to you.

Mature students may relate how any life experiences will enhance their approaches to the study of history.

What is important to us, in your application, is the evidence provided by the grades you have attained, or are predicted to attain, in your examinations, along with whatever you and your referee can point to indicating both your special interest in any of our subject areas, and your general liveliness of mind.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to say why you should be offered a place to study in Dundee. We are looking for applicants with an ability to express opinions clearly with reasoned support and evidence, who are open to critical guidance, and who have a commitment to high standards of achievement in all they do. These qualities can be demonstrated through academic attainment, paid or voluntary work, and extra-curricular activities of all kinds.

Referees should concisely indicate your analytical abilities, communication skills, capacity for academic work, and commitment to your studies. We will be interested to hear about examples of initiative, leadership, and any evidence of organisational skills. Indicators of a positive outlook and engagement with social and cultural activities will be welcome, as will an assessment of your potential to develop in the university environment.

We will consider applications to one or more MA courses at Dundee: each application will be considered on its merits. We are looking for applicants who either have achieved, or will achieve, the published requirements in terms of Highers, Advanced Highers, A-Levels or acceptable alternative qualifications.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowEuropean Studies MA (Hons)R800
Apply NowEuropean Studies and European Languages & Culture MARR89
Apply NowEuropean Studies and Geography MALR78
Apply NowEuropean Studies and History MARV81
Apply NowEuropean Studies and International Relations MALR28
Apply NowEuropean Studies and Philosophy MARV85
Apply NowEuropean Studies and Psychology MACR88
Apply NowEuropean Studies with French MA (Hons)R801
Apply NowEuropean Studies with German MA (Hons)R802
Apply NowEuropean Studies with Spanish MA (Hons)R804