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MA European Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17550 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

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National 0 GBP
Department of European & International Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

This programme provides students with a detailed understanding 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 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum 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.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

  •  Dissertation.


  • European Identities and the EU
  • European Union: History, Institutions, Politics.

Optional Modules


Students can simply choose the modules they are interested in or choose to specialise in four distinct areas. We have suggested some groupings below, but please note that there are no requirements to choose only from within a grouping. All modules listed below are indicative and may not be taught each year.

European Political Economy

  • The EU and Asia: Economics, Politics and Security
  • Lobbying and Policy-making in the EU
  • The Political Economy of the Welfare State
  • Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives
  • The Political Economy of Britain in the European Union
  • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis.

European Foreign Affairs

  • Foreign Policies of the EU
  • European Union: History, Institutions, Politics
  • The EU and Asia: Economics, Politics and Security
  • Russia and the EU
  • European External Relations Law

European Politics and Governance

  • Political Parties in Europe
  • Lobbying and Policy-making in the EU
  • EU Administrative Law
  • European Internal Law
  • Constitutional Law of the EU I and II

European Culture and Societies

  • The Aurora of our Times: Modern Nationalism in Europe
  • European Identities and the EU
  • Globalisation and Social Movements
  • The Political Economy of International Migration
  • The Political Eocnomy of the Welfare State

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Students may be invited to attend an interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer during busy periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

In their personal statement, applicants should specify their chosen pathway option, outline a likely dissertation topic, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. Applicants should also explain fully their motivation for applying to the MA in European Studies here at King's, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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