European Studies MA (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: School of Humanities

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.

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

Why study European Studies 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's so good about European Studies at Dundee?

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.

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Degree Combinations

  • European Studies and Economics MA
  • European Studies and English MA
  • European Studies and European Languages & Culture MA
  • European Studies and Geography MA
  • European Studies and History MA
  • European Studies and International Relations MA
  • European Studies and Philosophy MA
  • European Studies and Psychology MA

Related Courses

This course is taught by the European Studies team based in the School of Humanities.

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.

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, 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, including:

Level 3

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

Plus

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, including:

Level 2

Students take six modules, including:

Level 3

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

Plus

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, 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, including:

Level 3

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

Plus

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.

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 following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting 2015

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall
Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 75% overall

Courses starting 2016

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall
Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 75% overall

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

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 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
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.
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
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)LNR0
Apply NowEuropean Studies and Economics MALR18
Apply NowEuropean Studies and English MAQR38
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