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

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MA (24 months)

Overview

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The Euromasters course offers an outstanding and unrivalled international learning experience, with a unique opportunity to study at several prestigious world-class institutions.

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

You will gain a broad comparative understanding of the European Union, United States 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.

You can find out more on the dedicated Euromasters website, which contains extensive information about the course and the Consortium, as well as guidance on applying.

Language of instruction and locations

You are able to study at the following sites as part of the course.

English

  • University of Bath
  • Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
  • University of Siena (Italy)
  • University of Washington (United States)

German

  • Free University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

Spanish

  • Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

You are able to determine your course of study and being able to speak Spanish or German is not a requirement.

Course structure

After the initial Core Module at the University of 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 the University of Bath) but may also choose to study at a third site.

Sites of study

Module Period Location (choice of)
Core Module September - January University of Bath
Specialist Module One February - June University of Bath Free University of Berlin / Humboldt University of Berlin Complutense University of Madrid Charles University in Prague University of Washington (Transatlantic Track only) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Transatlantic Track only)
Specialist Module Two September - January University of Bath Free University of Berlin / Humboldt University of Berlin Complutense University of Madrid University of Siena
Research Dissertation Until September University of Bath Free University of Berlin / Humboldt University of Berlin Complutense University of Madrid University of Siena

Core units

  • European Union politics & policy-making
  • Scopes & methods of politics & international relations
  • Masters dissertation

Optional units

  • Britain and Europe
  • Memory culture – memory politics
  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Russian politics in comparative perspective
  • Cultures of globalisation
  • International Relations Theories
  • International security; theories and concepts
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia
  • International security; the contemporary agenda
  • 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 the Programme & Unit Catalogue for more information (this is the current structure of the course).

The consortium website contains links to information about the taught content at other sites.

Learning and teaching

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

Our courses 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.

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.

Careers

The Euromasters courses 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 courses 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

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent) in an appropriate subject such as european studies, international relations, modern languages, politics, history, economics or sociology.

A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:

  • how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of the course
  • your reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
  • how your studies may fit with their subsequent professional/academic intentions

English language requirements

  • 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 each component

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

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree. 

References

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

How to apply

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

Financial information

Costs

Potential sources of funding

Accommodation

You are eligible to apply for student accommodation as part of this course.

Deadlines

We suggest you apply before the following dates:

  • 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
  • 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
  • funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships

Contact

Email: polis-pgt-admissions@bath.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1225 38 3037

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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.

Careers

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.

Faculties

  • 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

Centres

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.