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European Studies MA

Course Details

Duration: 2 Years FT

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Prof. Joachim Fischer
School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics
+353 61 202354
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Brief Description

The programme aims to give students skills required in a post-Brexit world where knowledge about the European Union and key member states will significantly enhance students’ career options, especially in Ireland which will see closer direct links with continental member states. To non-European students the programme gives a more comprehensive understanding of the reality of the European Union by the lived experience in two very different member states in terms of size, culture (incl. academic culture), language and location.   

This innovative two-year Double Degree MA programme in co-operation with the Europa Universität Flensburg, Germany is part of UL’s response to the changes Brexit is likely to herald. The programme applies the interdisciplinary understanding of European Studies characteristic for UL to postgraduate level and involves key disciplines such as Politics, Law, European Cultural Studies and Modern Languages. The MA in European Studies is a two-year programme with semesters 1 and 2 spent at the home campus and semester 3 and 4 at the partner university, the Europa Universität Flensburg for students starting at UL. Alternatively, students can also apply to study at the EU in first year and spend the second year at UL. While the EUF offers options such as European Economics, European Public Opinion, European Society and Philosophy in Europe, UL focusses on International Politics, European Human Rights Law, Migration and explorations of the issue of identity in European literature as well as (optionally) a range of modules taught through the key languages of French, German and Spanish. The programme is taught in English at both campuses, but students are encouraged to also study an EU language at beginners or advanced level to gain a more comprehensive sense of the multilingual and multicultural nature of the European Union, while also being better prepared for a post-Brexit EU in which competence in EU language will be valued higher than ever before.  


Year 1 Autumn Year 1 Spring             
Core Module

PO5017 Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union

Select three modules from at least two areas of 1, 2 & 3 plus one module in area 4
Electives: Select two modules from two different areas of 1, 2 & 3 plus one module in area 4

Area 1: European Politics & Governance
PO5016 Graduate Seminar in International Relations
PA6011 Public Administration: Theory and Practice
PO5015 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory
Area 2: European Law
LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
Area 3: European Cultural Studies - 3a In English
CU6031 Comparative Literature: Cultural Constructions of the Past
CU6041 Literature of Migration
CU6011 Language and Culture
3b In French/German/Spanish
FR5112 Questions d’actualité dans la France
contemporaine (Issues in Contemporary France)
GE6021 Deutsch-irische Beziehungen (Irish-German Cultural Connections)
SP6001 Español en el mundo contemporáneo (Spanish in the Contemporary World)
Area 4: Skills / Professional Development 
LI6031 English Language Proficiency 1
RM6021 Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies
Professional Development 1: Mastering your Employability

Area 1: European Politics & Governance
PO5010 Graduate Seminar in European Governance
PO5009 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
PO5007 Graduate Seminar in International Cooperation and Conflict
Area 2: Law
LA6062 Comparative and European Criminal Justice
LA6132 International Criminal Law
LA5152  European Criminal Law
Area 3: European Cultural Studies - 3a In English
CU6012 Utopian Theory and Texts
CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity: Regional, National, Ethnic, European
CU6021 Culture and the Market
HI6062 People on the Move: studying migration
3b In French/German/Spanish
FR5102 Theory and Practice of Translation (FRENCH)
GE6032 Theory and Practice of Translation (GERMAN)
SP6002 Theory and Practice of Translation (SPANISH)
Area 4: Skills / Professional Development
LI6042 English Language Proficiency 2
CO6002 Professional Development 2: Mastering your Employability (3)


Optional language modules available
BR4911 - BROADENING: Beginners French
BR4921 - BROADENING: Beginners German
BR4931 - BROADENING: Beginners Spanish
BR4941 - BROADENING: Advanced French (B1)
BR4951 - BROADENING: Advanced German (B1)
BR4961 - BROADENING: Advanced Spanish (B1)
Optional language modules available
BR4911 - BROADENING: Beginners French
BR4921 - BROADENING: Beginners German
BR4931 - BROADENING: Beginners Spanish
BR4941 - BROADENING: Advanced French (B1)
BR4951 - BROADENING: Advanced German (B1)
BR4961 - BROADENING: Advanced Spanish (B1)
Year 2 Autumn Year 2 Spring
Select six modules
Area 1: European Law and Politics
Current Topics in European Law and Politics
External Relations of the EU
Area 2: European Society and Economics
Europe in the Global Economy
Challenges to European Society
Area 3: Philosophy and Culture of Europe
Social and Political Philosophy of Europe: Current Topics and Debates
Cultural Diversity in Europe
Optional language modules are available at various levels.
MA Thesis

Year 2 Spring Semester:
Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels during the spring semester, including seminar discussions with practitioners and visits to the European institutions and other international organisations.  (not included in tuition fees; offer subject to a minimum number of participants)
Students who wish to start their course in Flensburg apply there. For more information, see:

Applicants must have a primary degree in a related discipline, with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English.


What to Include with Your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

• Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice. 

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  NB: Due to the Double Degree nature of this programme, fees for Year 1 are set at the subsidised rate of half the standard EU fees, i.e. €2,870. Fees at EUF Flensburg for Year 2 are c. €500 for year 2 and will be charged by the EUF. 

The programme prepares graduates specifically for a labour market in an increasingly integrated European Union, where deeper insights into the workings of the EU as well as economic, legal and cultural aspects of European integration (incl. language skills) will be in greater demand, also in areas at the interface between Ireland and other member states. Job opportunities are typically to be found in the institutions of the European Union, the European Council, the OECD but also in public administration, the diplomatic service, private institutions, cultural and educational institutions, such as colleges, universities or museums, private actors and companies, including consultancy companies; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further research towards a doctorate degree in related disciplines. 

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