European Studies

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy - U. of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen (Scotland)

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberdeen (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

To develop an understanding of modern Europe through a study of the political, economic and cultural forces which have shaped Europe and continue to influence its development. The course centres on the European Union, but without neglecting the wider Europe of which the Union forms part; due attention is paid to the countries in Northern, Eastern, and Central Europe which are not (yet) members of the EU.
Suitable for: Students both from the UK and from other countries.


Where and when

Starts Location
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Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen, University Of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, Aberdeen City, Scotland
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Starts On request
Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen, University Of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, Aberdeen City, Scotland
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Course programme

Degree Programme Structure & Content

Courses are available from first to fourth year. European Studies is an Honours Degree.

First Year
In the first year, students follow courses in Comparative European Politics, European History and Integration and in one or two languages chosen from French, Gaelic, German and Spanish.

Second Year
All students continue with one or two language courses, and History of Integration and Politics courses. Additionally, some courses from a wide range of choices will be taken.

Third & Fourth Year (Honours)
The third year is spent abroad: one semester in the country of one of the selected languages, another semester in that of the other language; students who take only one language or who have decided that they wish to take only one language in fourth year spend a full year in the country of that language. While abroad, students will normally attend approved university courses, and may also be able to spend a semester in a European institution. In their final year, students may opt for both, or only one, of their two languages, take a compulsory course (the dissertation, a long essay on a subject chosen during the year abroad), and have a wide choice of further options.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is generally in small groups (seminars/tutorials), especially for language classes. Assessment is by a mixture of continuous assessment and oral and written examination.

Additional information

Comments: The degree provides students with the same intellectual and analytical training gained from any Honours degree but, in addition, graduates have a specific profile in that they possess linguistic skills, have direct experience of living in European countries, are thoroughly informed on major aspects of Europe and will have demonstrated their ability to operate in a multidisciplinary context.
Career opportunities: The aim is to enable students to think beyond national boundaries, to feel confident in an international context, and thus to extend their career opportunities. European Studies is an avenue to a wide variety of careers. The analytical, oral and written skills you develop during your studies are highly sought after by prospective employers.

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