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BAEuropean Studies

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Switch on the news any day of the week, or pick up just about any national newspaper, and you will be sure to come across an item on Europe. It is clear that the future of Europe is a geo-political question of profound importance for the future of the world we live in. Yet, few of us truly understand the complex phenomenon that is modern Europe.

In order to achieve such an understanding, one must examine Europe’s economic, legal, and sociological context, as well as its historical origins. Just as important is an understanding of Europe’s rich cultural traditions. The artists, writers, musicians, composers and film-makers of Europe have exerted a cultural influence that even now is not eclipsed by the dominance of America on the world’s stage.

Based within our Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), European studies is a subject that approaches the complex idea of Europevia a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. We have expertise in modern languages, literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology, with experienced staff in all disciplines. Our four-year course means that you can spend your third year in Europe, learning a second language and immersing yourself in European cultures.

Here at Essex, our teaching and research in European studies offers maximum flexibility for you to study areas that interest you, so you can pursue a wide range of topics including:

- European identity and the development of the EU
- Representations of non-Europeans in art
- Europe’s colonial history
- Religion in Europe
- EU law

The study of Europe is vital for ongoing discussion of what Europe’s future ought to be; a discussion that will profoundly affect every European citizen. Through a course in European studies, you can acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to make an active contribution to one of the most important political and cultural processes of the century.

We are proud that our European Studies students are some of the happiest in the country, gaining 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2014) which puts us second in the UK, and that as a university we are top 5 in the UK for social science research (REF 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

Europe: Myth and Idea
From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century (optional)
Introduction to the Law of the European Union (optional)
Introduction to International Relations (optional)
Advanced French (optional)
Co-Curricular Employability Module (Year 1)

Year 2

Proficiency Level French (optional)
Medicine and Society in Britain and France 1700-1860 (optional)
International Relations: Theories and Approaches (optional)
Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice (optional)
Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)

Final year

Mastery Level French (optional)
From Stalin to Putin (optional)
Crime, Policy and Social Justice (optional)
Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (optional)
Final Year Dissertation (optional)

Career opportunities

This course provides excellent preparation for areas which include import/export management, banking and financial sectors, academia, airlines, information technology, management, museums, teaching, non-governmental offices, and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:

The Civil Service (especially the Foreign Office)
Embassies around the world
The European Council on Foreign Relations
The Europe Direct Contact Centre in Brussels
The Spanish Congress of Deputies
LEAD Europe

Other recent graduates have also undertaken traineeships with the European Commission, for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, and various internships in journalism and with NGOs.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States