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European Studies MA (Double Degree)

Course Details


Duration: 2 Years FT

Award: Masters

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

This Double Degree programme taught at two campuses, the Univerity of Limerick and the Europa Universität Flensburg (Germany), 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.   

Students will obtain two MA degrees from both participating institutions, the University of Limerick and the Europa Universität Flensburg.

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 (EUF) for students starting at UL. Alternatively, students can also apply to study at the EUF 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 Semester Year 1 Spring Semester
Core Modules  
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 Semester - at Europa Universität Flensburg Year 2 Spring Semester
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, click here

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
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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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. 

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

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.