MA Contemporary European Studies ('Euromasters' and 'Euromasters with Trans-Atlantic track')

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MA (24 months)


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The Euromasters programme offers an outstanding and unrivalled international learning experience, with a unique opportunity to study at the following prestigious world-class institutions:

  • University of Bath
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Univerzita Karlova v Praze
  • Università degli Studi di Siena
  • University of Washington (Seattle)

With an enthusiastic teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields, and a diverse programme of study, the two year Masters course is recognised throughout the EU and beyond.

You will gain a broad comparative understanding of the European Union, US politics, policy and social evolution as well as specialist knowledge of key issues in the Euro-Atlantic area.

We welcome applications from high-achieving students, who wish to gain the knowledge and skills that will qualify them for a wide range of careers in European and international institutions.

Potential applicants should visit the dedicated Euromasters website, which contains extensive information about the programme and the Consortium, as well as guidance and advice on applying.

Programme structure

After the initial Core Module in Bath, you will undertake two taught semesters, followed by the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation, to be submitted by September in the second year.

You must study at a minimum of two sites, including Bath, but may also choose to study at a third site (see programme table for more information).

Core units

  • International relations theories
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Scopes & methods of politics & international relations
  • Masters dissertation

Optional units

  • European union politics and policy making
  • International security; theories and concepts
  • Memory culture – memory politics
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia
  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • International security; the contemporary agenda
  • Britain and Europe
  • International organisations in world politics
  • International relations in South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution

View programme catalogue for further information.

Learning and teaching

The Euromasters programme is a truly international experience with regard to teaching, learning and living.

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the units, you will receive credit providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching at Bath takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve more formal interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students. These methods may vary across the consortium according to cultural practices.

View the programme catalogue for further information about units that have been offered at the University of Bath in previous years. The consortium website contains links to information about the taught content at other sites.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation, discussion and communication skills which, may be part of the assessed work.


The Euromasters programmes are highly regarded by employers for the depth and breadth of knowledge and analysis that they purvey. In particular, the hands-on international experience graduates gain is valued highly.

You can also take advantage of the extensive Careers Service at the University of Bath, as well the opportunity to study another language at the Foreign Languages Centre during your Core Module.

Graduates from these programmes have been employed all over the world in a wide variety of international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies or policy-formulating institutes. Careers and examples include:

  • Head of External Affairs, Northwest at Google, USA
  • Programme Officer EU Policies at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium
  • Parliamentary Assistant for a Green MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium
  • Head of Office at the World Energy Council in Berlin, Germany
  • Sustainability Consultant in Washington, USA
  • Head of International Projects at G&B Design/Communication, Portugal
  • Associate Director at Blue Rubicon, London
  • Secretary for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Press Assistant in the European Parliament, Spain
  • Danish EU Research Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium
  • Director of External Relations and Communications at Enel Green Power North America Inc, USA
  • Grants Manager at MTV Staying Alive Foundation, London
  • Strategic Communications Consultant at akkanto in Brussels, Belgium

Many students have also proceeded directly to doctoral research.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject (European studies, politics, history, economics or sociology), from a recognised university.
  • Fluency or near-fluency in English.

The Transatlantic Track programme has limited places, and is therefore quite competitive. You will need to demonstrate in your application why you believe you are suitable for the programme.

As places are limited, we do consider the Transatlantic Track applications on a first-come-first-served basis (unlike the main programme), so early application is advised.

Location & Language of instruction

You must demonstrate clear evidence of an ability to work academically at the appropriate level in the language of instruction at your chosen Specialist Module sites.

Language of instruction at the Consortium sites are as follows:


  • University of Bath
  • Univerzita Karlova v Praze
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Università degli Studi di Siena
  • University of Washington (Seattle)


  • Freie Universität Berlin & Humboldt Universität zu Berlin - German


  • Sciences Po, Paris - French

As students are able to determine their programme of study, choosing sites where all the teaching and assessment is in English, we welcome applications from students who do not have German or French competency.

The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies in considering applications, will take the following into account:

  • Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field, such as commerce, industry, teaching, or in a government establishment.
  • Authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the Master's degree programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.


  • Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You can must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


Dr Maria Garcia (Director of Studies)
Ms Andie Barlow (Programme Administrator)
Tel +44 (0)1225 38 3037

Related links


Experts from our department are publishing regularly in the most highly ranked international journals.

Our academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters:

  • Conflict, Security & International Order
  • Governance, Citizenship & Policy
  • Memory, History & Identity

International collaboration

Many staff are internationally leading scholars in their field. We are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

Projects are funded by a variety of bodies such as:

  • Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • European Commission Framework Programme
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Stimulating cutting edge research

Our diversity and the disciplinary mix of political science, political theory, policy analysis, social anthropology, political sociology and others make for a very stimulating environment for students to develop their own research projects.

The integration of our research community is further enhanced through the International Relations & European Politics (IREP) postgraduate group.


The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) is one of the largest departments in the University.

Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

International and industrial links

  • Our department has links with 22 Erasmus partner institutions, as well as universities in Russia and Mexico.
  • Research students regularly engage in fieldwork abroad, especially in the countries of the European Union, but also in Russia, Latin America and the United States.
  • Students on the Euromasters programme study at two or three different sites in either Europe or the USA.
  • In the case of the MA Interpreting & Translating and the MA Translation & Professional Language Skills, a number of work placements in Western Europe are made available to students in the language services of international organisations, government departments and commercial enterprises.


Our graduate prospects have been consistently ranked among the best in the UK.

Our wide-range of programmes enables graduates to find employment in many different fields. Some examples include:

  • Diplomatic service
  • Media
  • Academia
  • International organisations
  • Multinational corporations
  • Policy-forming institutes
  • The language services of the United Nations and European Union

Many of our undergraduate programmes include a year abroad or placement year. These are highly valued by employers and will give you an edge in the competitive job market when you graduate.


  • Specialist interpreting laboratories
  • Language laboratories
  • Online international TV streaming service
  • Self Access Language Centre (SALC)
  • European Community and European Union publications
  • Extensive local archive collections relating to research programmes in French and German politics
  • Departmental film library


Our Foreign Languages Centre offers a wide range of language courses at different level that students can also choose to follow.

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) provides Academic English classes and support for international students.